Lacking even the slightest similarity to Jackie Chan's RUMBLE IN THE BRONX (1995), whose title it is presumably meant to recall, this thriller about homeless teens stalked by a psycho cop is worthless on just about every level.
Tori (Kimberly Rowe), a teenage prostitute, is picked up by a stranger on a motorcycle and taken to a vacant lot. Turning violent, he is about to kill her when he is distracted by Sy (David Courtemarche), a young man who had been sleeping in the lot. Sy and Tori evade the killer and escape. They
exchange their stories: Tori is a junkie who has been homeless since she was abandoned by her mother; Sy ran away from home to pursue his dream of becoming a country singer.
Following Tori's attacker, we see that he is a psychotic police officer who has murdered other street kids. Upset that Tori and Sy are able to identify him, he devotes all his time to tracking them. In the process, he tortures one child and murders Tori's friend Bob (Mike Nichol) and customer
Allen (Sean Cordobes). After a scuffle in which the young couple think they have killed the cop, they hide in a warehouse where she has set up a room. Tori tells Sy that she doesn't know how to make love, and they sleep together. The killer tracks them there, but is finally killed when Sy throws
him an electric light while he is standing in a puddle of water. Sy wires his parents for money to return home, but Tori refuses to go with him, and remains on the streets.
RUMBLE IN THE STREETS is so perfunctory and underplotted that one can only assume that some expository scenes were cut out (a guess made plausible by this feature's brief running time). The killer's motivations are wholly obscure--we assume that he is psychotic from the basis of his actions, such
as licking Tori's blood from a sink over which she shot up. He's about as effective and as frightening as one of the clown cops from the POLICE ACADEMY series. The action scenes are so ludicrous as to be laughable: Sy and Tori are forever escaping from the killer cop even as he has his gun pointed
at one of their skulls. RUMBLE IN THE STREETS would be laughable were it not so unpalatably grim, particularly in its use of extremely young children for supporting roles. (Graphic violence, nudity, sexual situations, adult situations, substance abuse, profanity.)
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- Released: 1997
- Rating: R
- Review: Lacking even the slightest similarity to Jackie Chan's RUMBLE IN THE BRONX (1995), whose title it is presumably meant to recall, this thriller about homeless teens stalked by a psycho cop is worthless on just about every level. Tori (Kimberly Rowe), a tee… (more)