Filled with tremendous stunts and well-shot racing sequences, director Steve Boyum's loud, down-and-dirty ride through the world of Supercross motorcycle racing comes to a screeching halt for its many pit stops for Hollywood clichés. KC Carlyle (Steve Howey) and his brother, Trip (Mike Vogel), virtually grew up in the competitive world of motocross; their late father was a racing fiend who wanted nothing more than for his boys to win a national title. KC and Trip are just as driven as their old dad, and see their shot at fame and fortune in the new, high-flying sport of Supercross, which combines dirt-track off-road biking with more traditional asphalt racing. To fund their dream — and pay the rent — the brothers have started a pool-cleaning service, which takes them to some of California's richest estates, including the hoity-toity home of classy Zoe (Sophia Bush), KC's long-time crush. KC works up the nerve to ask Zoe to come watch one of his races, and even though KC loses face when he gets tripped up by his little bro and wipes out, Zoe still agrees to date him. And she's not the only one who has taken an interest in KC: Former racer Jeff Johnson (Ryan Locke) wants him to join Team Nami — an upstart bike company anxious to compete with the big boys. Jealous of his brother's "factory ride" — a coveted corporate sponsorship — Trip turns to local cycle-store owner Earl Cole (Robert Patrick), who outfits him with a new bike. Unlike KC, Trip will compete as a "privateer," or an unsigned rider. It also doesn't hurt that Cole's daughter, Piper (Cameron Richardson), has taken quite an interest in him. Meanwhile, KC's new high-paying gig isn't all it was cracked up to be. Nami owner Clay Sparks (Robert Carradine) doesn't really want him to win races for his company, he just wants KC to block other riders so that Sparks' son, Rowdy (Channing Tatum), can cross the finish line. At first KC amiably agrees, but when he's forced to go head-to-head against his own brother, KC's desire to win kicks in. Boyum has shot a fantastic-looking movie with a sexy young cast, all of whom gamely roll with the punches. Unfortunately, there's little actual dialogue for them to work with; unlike their bikes, the characters never really pop off the screen, making it impossible for an audience to feel engaged with them in any meaningful way.
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- Released: 2005
- Rating: PG-13
- Review: Filled with tremendous stunts and well-shot racing sequences, director Steve Boyum's loud, down-and-dirty ride through the world of Supercross motorcycle racing comes to a screeching halt for its many pit stops for Hollywood clichés. KC Carlyle (Steve Howe… (more)