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Its release calculated to coincide with the X Games, "Supercross: The Movie" is advertainment to the extreme.
Produced in association with Clear Channel Entertainment's Motor Sports division, which sponsors the Supercross bike-racing competition, the production attempts to dress up the corporate synergy in the guise of a fictionalized story of two racing brothers, but the resulting mix of ESPN-style visuals and WB Network-style dramatics never convincingly comes together.
Thanks to an eleventh-hour pruning that has left the film about 15 minutes shorter than its officially stated running time, any real sort of plotting or character development appears to have been left on the cutting-room floor along with all traces of Daryl Hannah's performance.
What's left is a lot of racing footage interspersed with a flimsy David vs. Goliath story which begs the question: Will its target audience willingly pay to see what they can watch on TV for free, minus the intrusive made-up bits?
Set in an odd, Southern California parallel universe where virtually everybody is Caucasian, the picture follows the intersecting paths taken by K.C. (Steve Howey) and Trip (Mike Vogel) Carlyle, a pair of brothers who run a pool-cleaning business but whose hearts are in Supercross.
The more disciplined of the two, K.C. ends up getting a flashy "factory" (corporate sponsored) ride, which drives a philosophical as well as a competitive wedge between the siblings. Trip ends up going the less glamorous, unsponsored "privateer" route, but fate ultimately intervenes, forcing these would-be rivals to put aside their difference and join forces to defeat the powerful bad guys.
Directed by stuntman-turned-filmmaker Steve Boyum, the vehicle dutifully goes along an uninspired path mapped out by screenwriters Ken Solarz and Bart Baker that still allows for earnest emoting from its young cast members. Joining Howey and Vogel are Cameron Richardson and Sophia Bush as the brothers' love interests, and the more seasoned Robert Carradine and Robert Patrick as the controlling corporate heavy and the noble independent spirit, who serve, for better or worse, as the boys' respective father figures.
Getting to the main event, filmed at the real-life Supercross finals in Las Vegas, the high-energy footage is competent but falls short of spectacular. Maybe it would have been a better idea to simply skip the fiction altogether and just show those real-life bikers doing their extreme thing, uninterrupted by cutaway close-ups of the actors pretending to be them.
Supercross: The Movie
20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox presents a TAG Entertainment production in association with Clear Channel Entertainment Motor Sports
Director: Steve Boyum
Screenwriters: Ken Solarz, Bart Baker
Story by: Bart Baker, Keith Alan Bernstein
Producers: Steve Austin, J. Todd Harris
Director of photography: William Wages
Production designer: Max Biscoe
Editors: Alan Cody, Brett Hedlund
Costume designer: Elaine Montalvo
Music: Jasper Randall
K.C. Carlyle: Steve Howey
Trip Carlyle: Mike Vogel
Piper Cole: Cameron Richardson
Zoe Lang: Sophia Bush
Owen Cole: Aaron Carter
Rowdy Sparks: Channing Tatum
Earl Cole: Robert Patrick
Clay Sparks: Robert Carradine
MPAA rating PG-13
Running time -- 80 minutes »
1 item from 2005
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