The press notes for Supercross indicate Steve “Timecop: The Berlin Decision” Boyum’s new film is supposed to run a scant 98 minutes, but according to my watch it barely clocked in at 80. I’m all for curbing anyone’s misery, but what gives here? At the very least, someone has to explain what the hell happened to Daryl Hannah, who, according to the film’s invite and press stills, was supposed to make an appearance at some point. Guess someone didn’t want Hannah and Robert Patrick’s presence in this ode to “the second-fastest-growing motor sport in the U.S., behind only NASCAR” to turn off the film’s prospective audience: the same 16 to 25 year olds who patronize and participate in Supercross events every year. The message is clear here (too many geezers stink up the Gen Y pot!), but who’s the messenger: Fox or Clear Channel? Since I can’t imagine any suit at a film company showing this kind of wanton disregard for storytelling, character development, and pacing, my money’s on Clear Channel, official promoter of Supercross and one of the film’s major sponsors. Something of a cross between Nintendo’s Excitebike and Beverly Hills 90210, Supercross: The Movie hastily fashions a plotline involving sparring brothers, the chicks they love, and the cold lessons of the motorcycle association around a banal spectacle of bikes flying into the air and dirt flying into the camera. Lousily shot and seemingly written by a prepubescent girl (“Typical guy, when it comes to the real deal, they’re all duh”), the film is nothing but a Clear Channel shill.
- 20th Century Fox
- 82 min
- Steve Boyum
- Bart Baker, Ken Solarz
- Steve Howey, Mike Vogel, Sophia Bush, Cameron Richardson, Robert Patrick, Channing Tatum, Daryl Hannah, Carolina Garcia, J.D. Pardo, Ryan Locke, Robert Carradine, Aaron Carter
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