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Supercross: The Movie (PG-13)

Release Date: August 17th, 2005 by Twentieth Century Fox.
The Cast: Steve Howey, Mike Vogel, Sophia Bush, Robert Carridine.
Directed by Steve Boyum.

BASIC PREMISE: Two brothers (Howey and Vogel) compete for the Supercross motorcycle race competition.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: This fast-paced movie is full of energy and good-looking actors and actresses, but it lacks an original plot. There are very little surprises as the two brothers train for the competition. Predictably, each brother has a hot girlfriend waiting on the side. The script does lack humor and wit, but Boyum directs the film with plenty of style and slickness. The most exciting scenes are when the motorcycles fly up into the air and flip around. It helps that these scenes are actually shot at a real race track because it heightens the reality. Midway into the movie, there is a plot twist but it never becomes a big conflict. The acting is mediocre at best, but the real surprise is the hip soundtrack which adds energy to a stale, lifeless script.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: There is not much to take with you after watching this movie other than the clichéd message that everyone is a winner. There is one scene in a hospital bed that is supposed to be moving, but just falls flat with the stilted dialogue. The ending s satisfying, but it is far from memorable or inspiring just like the rest of the movie.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Minimal character development and a predictable plot.


THE BOTTOM LINE: Despite mediocre acting and an unoriginal plot with no surprises, the cast is appealing, the pace is fast, the cinematography is slick, and the soundtrack is very hip and cool.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (2nd Run)

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