Theora's brother gets involved in "raking" - a violent underground sport that is a cross between skateboarding and roller-derby.

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Theora's brother gets involved in "raking" - a violent underground sport that is a cross between skateboarding and roller-derby.

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7 April 1987 (USA)  »

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Raking in the violence
15 September 2010 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Theora (the excellent Amanda Pays) discovers hat her wayward brother Shawn (well played by Peter Cohl) has become involved with a vicious and dangerous underground sport known as raking. Edison (a fine and likable Matt Frewer) helps Theora save Shawn before it's too late. Director Thomas J. Wright keeps the involving story moving along at a steady pace and stages the harsh'n'harrowing raking game scenes with real aplomb. J.W. Smith contributes a neat performance as Edison's streetwise pal Rik while Howard Sherman gives a notably slimy portrayal of sleazy mobster Peller. Paul Goldsmith's hazy and shadowy cinematography gives the show a cool smoky noirish look. Cory Lerios' moody score qualifies as another major asset. But it's the bold and biting script by James Crocker and Steve Roberts that really gives this episode a big dose of gutsy and provocative substance: Essentially a spot-on incisive critique of mindless violence being served up as acceptable entertainment to the masses by shameless opportunistic television executives (Network 23 broadcasts an especially over-the-top slaughterfest named "Missile Mike" as a children's show and naturally expresses an interest in televising raking), the basic premise predicts with uncanny accuracy the popularity of such brutal boob tube fare as "American Gladiators." And Max's trademark sharp sardonic remarks add a hilarious dash of wickedly funny and spiky impudent humor.


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