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Torque (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 16 January 2004 (USA)
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A biker returns from Thailand to set things straight with his girlfriend. One gang leader wants him for delivery of 2 motorbikes filled with crystal meth and another gang leader wants him for murdering his brother.

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Joseph Kahn

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Matt Johnson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ashker ... Yellow Car Driver
Max Beesley ... Luther
Dane Cook ... Neil Luff
Ice Cube ... Trey
John Doe ... Sheriff Barnes
Gichi Gamba ... Nomo
Lance Gilbert Lance Gilbert ... 18 Wheeler Driver
Martin Henderson ... Ford
Jay Hernandez ... Dalton
Will Yun Lee ... Val
Faizon Love ... Sonny
Justina Machado ... Henderson
Monet Mazur ... Shane
Hayden McFarland ... Kid
Christina Milian ... Nina
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Storyline

Biker Cary Ford is framed by an old rival and biker gang leader for the murder of another gang member who happens to be the brother of Trey (Ice Cube), leader of the most feared biker gang in the country. Ford is now on the run trying to clear his name from the murder with Trey and his gang looking for his blood. Written by EL TORO 79

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Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, sexuality, language and drug references | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Furia en dos ruedas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,442,203, 18 January 2004

Gross USA:

$21,215,059

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,546,197
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Contains both Jaime Pressly (China) and Eddie Steeples (Rasan) who would both later go on to work together in "My Name is Earl" (2005-2009) as Joy Turner and Darnell "Crabman" Turner. See more »

Goofs

When Ford and Trey are riding along the top of the train, the shadows of the train repeatedly switch from the right to left side and back again. See more »

Quotes

[Trey picks up Junior's knife after he lost it during a short fight with Ford]
Trey: 'Sup J? Drop somethin'?
Junior: Just takin' care of sum bizness T.
Trey: [turns to Ford] Ford...heard you wuz up in Indochina eatin' sushi 'n shit.
Junior: I thought sushi came from Japan?
Trey: I know where sushi come from, *nigga*! I ain't even talkin' to you!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits cast shadows on the landscape. See more »

Alternate Versions

Various changes were made to secure a PG-13 rating (for example, the head through the car window; the re-dubbed line, "You were always a punk"). These changes exist in every released version of the film. See more »


Soundtracks

Lapdance
Written by Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Gene Thornton
Performed by N.E.R.D.
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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I've waited a long time for this . . .
1 September 2004 | by jaywolfenstienSee all my reviews

In reviewing the incredible annoying House of the Dead, I wrote, 'Why flirt with the concept of overkill when you can make it say 'whose your daddy?' Torque does not flirt with overkill; Torque *is* overkill's daddy, and it was fun.

Just a few hours before I watched Scary Movie 3 and that film barely managed to summon a chuckle from me. Torque had me in stitches before the first sixty-seconds were up. After years of watching 'serious' films with ridiculously over the top chase sequences (especially lately), finally a movie comes along and puts them all in their place. I have waited a long time for a racing-movie to recognize its own lameness and just (knowingly) go for all the over-the-top stunts it can possibly collect in a loosely strung together plot about a bunch of stereotyped misfits no one really cares about.

As stated above, the key was the fact this film does not take itself seriously. Take for example the MTV quick-cut commercial editing style, its overly colorful nature in sets and props, the comic-book-ish camera angles, the overused CG for impossible camera/bike moves, and the lighting which left the high-contrast shadows in mid-day. Want more? How 'bout when a bike speeds past a road sign, making it do a Looney Toonsesque-spin, and if you look carefully you can see the words 'Cars Suck?'

Everything perfectly matched the goal this film set out to hit, which is basically a tongue-in-cheek XBox game on the silver screen so commenting on the characters and plot seems virtually pointless. It's about as well developed as most action films-characters and plot serve enough purpose to get the bikes from chase scene A to chase scene B while poking fun at characters/lines from other racing films. No more no less.

I personally loved Torque. Would I recommend it to friends, family, or Joe-Shmoe who happens to pass me by in the video store? Well . . . for those who watch films with an anal eye and point out, 'That's not a logical plot point. That defies the laws of physics. That's the single stupidest thing I've ever seen in cinema?' No. Heck no. Don't even pick up the box. However, for those who can watch a film where the comedy lay not in punch lines rather in the style -- a film that's a celebration of all things lame in all of cinema's over-glorified chase scenes? Have a blast and join in with Torque's mockery of the genre.


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