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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.

Director:

Joseph Kahn

Writer:

Matt Johnson
4 nominations. See more awards »

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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 »

Filming Locations:

Blythe, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,442,203, 18 January 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,215,059

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,546,197
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The "Jet Turbine" Y2K bike that Cary Ford rides to catch Henry actually exists - one is owned by Jay Leno. It's an MTT Turbine SUPERBIKE, powered by a Rolls-Royce Allison 250 turboshaft engine commonly used in helicopters. See more »

Goofs

3rd generation (1990 or older) Chevrolet Caprice police cars are shown. See more »

Quotes

Agent McPherson: You seen three bikers and a chick on a couple of crotch rockets in the last hour?
Agent McPherson: [under his breath as the clerk looks at him confused] Must be something with the water up here.
[McPherson flashes his badge]
Agent McPherson: OK, words strung together into sentences obviously bewilder you, let me try again: three dudes, a girl, couple of bikes!
Young Dude: Uh, don't know seen a lot of truckers.
Agent McPherson: Really?
Young Dude: One girl. Man you should've seen the pair...
Agent McPherson: [McPherson interrupts] Shut up!
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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 »

Connections

References Supercop (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Fire and Flame
Written by Robbie McIntosh
Performed by Robbie McIntosh and Chrissie Hynde
Courtesy of Compass Records
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Cult action flick with motorcycle gangs
8 September 2011 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

Released in 2004, "Torque" cost $40 million and only made a little over half back at the USA box office. It's therefore not a very well-known film, but its gained a hardcore cult following in the years since. After viewing it I can see why.

I thought it was going to be terrible, but it was actually great! The action goods are all there, but five minutes into it I got the joke and was laughing with it and not at it. I don't think "Torque" will appeal to everyone, but it will get two types for sure: action gearheads who just want a solid uncomplicated action picture, and smart viewers who can appreciate clever filmmaking and the in-jokes threaded throughout.

I fall under the second bracket since I generally loathe mindless action flicks. What takes "Torque" beyond mindless physics-defying action is pointed out above: the film is cleverly made and filled with hilarious in-jokes. Director Joseph Kahn has a history in flashy music videos and this comes across on the screen. It's pure eye-candy from beginning to end with all manner of entertaining tidbits, like the brief close-up of the turtle between the racing cars at the very beginning.

The look & vibe is pure comic book come to life. Every shot, facial expression, action scene, confrontation, word, set, pose, etc. reflects this. The bikes are mostly crotch rockets but there are all kinds. The guys are coolness personified and the girls are hotness incarnated. The cast is highlighted by Martin Henderson as the worthy protagonist and Monet Mazur as his babe. Ice Cube is great as the leader of a black gang, while Matt Schulze and Jaime Pressly play the villains. There are also a couple of FBI agents in the mix.

The cinematography is gorgeous, shot in the desolate regions of S. California.

The film takes no prisoners at a brief 84 minutes. This is good since films of this ilk shouldn't overstay their welcome.

Believe it or not, there's actually some depth to the characters and storyline; we see glimpses of courage, love, friendship, repentance, respect, sacrifice and loyalty. If they would have upped the depth and offered some moving epic parts I would have easily given the film a top rating of 9/10 Stars.

But it works fine as is. It is what it is -- perhaps the ultimate cult action film ever made, pulsating with energy, creativity and excitement.

GRADE: B+ or A-


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