Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 May 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A wall street executive is fired from his job and become a bike messenger in the highly volatile streets of New York.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about when it came out 34 years ago, yet never had much desire to see it because the premise sounded a but too lame.
Boy was I right.
This was an extremely boring film that doesn’t manage to find a way to stay interesting.
The film has a great cast with Kevin Bacon, Jami Gertz and Laurence Fishburne but none of them are really given anything to do that would make us care about them or their stories.
Loved seeing Paul Rodriguez in this film in a few scenes.
They also fail here in focusing on a theme for the film and they waver back and forth between trying to give a commentary of the recession of the 80’s and showing the type of criminal elements that are part of this subculture.
The film has some nice shots of the fast paced life of these bike riders as they speed through the streets of New York, but besides a few nice shots, this movie has absolutely nothing to offer.
Bottom Line – Really weird and boring film that just doesn’t work at all. The cast is great with Bacon, Gertz and Fishburne but none of them are given anything interesting to do. The story wavers between being a film dealing with the recession of the 80’s and a crime thriller that is played out too slowly. There are some nice shots of the fast paced life of delivery service riders, but other than that, this film has absolutely nothing to offer.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – To capture the feel and excitement of the bike riders, and to enhance the visual style of the film, cameras were actually mounted on some of the bicycles. Thomas Michael Donnelly explained: “I tried to put the audience literally on the bike, to have the sensation of what it is to ride like crazy through traffic…you know, the turning, and all the cars whizzing by. There’s danger, and yet this great sense of freedom as you zip in and out.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)
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