Hell Ride Reviews
It fails on both levels.
Veteran AIP genre star Larry Bishop (son of famed Rat Packer Joey Bishop) directs and stars in this gritty revenge tale concerning a biker gang that rallies to avenge the violent murder of a fellow gang member. An homage to such classic biker films as Chrome and Hot Leather and Angel Unchained, Hell Ride was conceived when director Bishop was invited to Quentin Tarantino's home to view a print of The Savage Seven. Upon realizing that there hadn't been a true biker film in years, the pair quickly contacted Bob Weinstein and conspired to produce a lean and mean two-wheeled revenge flick that would more than make up for lost time.
Hell Ride is all Larry Bishop's fault, I will say that right now. He thought he was making a cool, kick ass bike-sploitation movie but in reality, it was all a horrible snooze-fest and just disappointing in its entirety. The script is weak, it tries to be engaging but you just couldn't care when the leads stutter every word they say. The acting is horrible too, blame it all on Larry Bishop who cast a British actor to play a Western biker and a totally miscast Dennis Hopper post-Easy Rider days. Bishop acts but doesn't deliver, he swears a lot but is out of context. At some point during the film, he will just swear out loud without reason whatsoever, at least that's what it was to me.
Its a shame really because Quentin Tarantino executive produced it, and usually if you have Tarantino's name attached to your film it will lay golden eggs but unfortunately, this one laid green, rotten eggs. There is nudity but strangely enough, all the naked women in the film has the hots for Larry Bishop's character Pistolero. Yeah right, if I'm gonna direct and star in a film might as well get all the hot ladies and screw all the others. A couple of pros before I end this review, first the soundtrack. As much as how bad this movie turned out to be, at the very least the movie's soundtrack was spared. And second, Vinnie Jones. It's odd enough that a British actor is playing an all-American biker but at least he did his best with the given material. He brought his British bad-assery to Western soil and the guy is still impressive as ever.
In conclusion, Hell Ride in its entirety is horrible: lame script, bad acting from leads and amateur directing from Bishop but the music is jivin' and Vinnie Jones is rockin'. Not recommended.
Although I like girlie's hehe this film just seems to be an excuse for lots of topless girls groping themselves, kissing each other and screwing bikers lol in between there's a feud between two bikers gangs thats all mixed up and of no interest really.
The cast is the usual Tarantino crew of Muppet's doing their usual spiel, Marsden being Marsden like he is in every film he's ever made. In this he wears a tucks like he's just stepped out of a wedding.....but it has the bikers gang badge n name on the back which is really hilarious cos he looks like a gas station attendant hahaha
As for Vinnie Jones hmmmm should of stuck to football coaching I reckon lol
he wore out his cockney tough guy persona afew films ago now, its been done, its over Vinnie.
A case of the poster and idea being waaaaay better than the actual film I'm afraid, and Tarantino is just out of it now, he's just a name that everyone associates with good films but that was along time ago.
There's a couple of Tarantino greats in this film, plus a lot of his flair in the cinematography, but you could tell from the script he had very little to do with the film itself. I was counting on Vinnie Jones to hold it all together, and though he was pretty good, it was a bad role for him. So much of his power and charisma comes from the fact that he's a bad ass Brit and the character of Billy Wings was all American Male, which just didn't work. It was actually Michael Madsen playing The Gent (in the photo above) who stole the show.
The fact that every character was a 1%er, meant that none of them were particularly likeable. But it's the sort of movie were it doesn't matter quite so much. The "Sugar" or emotion of the piece was somewhat... lacking. They have this whole mother/son-revenge-betrayal-tearjerker thing going on, but honestly it was hardly worth it. They didn't put enough effort in, they just took up their quite short amount of footage by bothering to include it. I don't know, maybe I missed something but it really seemed a bit of a cop out to me.
Take all the senseless violence, bikes and copious nudity, it's very obvious that this movie's target audience is male. Which I have the good fortune of being. Still though, they're often the movies that you sort of watch once and then leave, but I'll see how it goes. Having the main character also be the person who directed the film can be awkward, so maybe this is part of the reason for some of its short-comings. But you still have to respect the guy for doing both in a full budget film.
If you're looking for a short action film that can't pick its pace, filled with liquor, tits, petrol, testosterone and Western music, then it's pretty perfect, but if you're looking for anything else in a movie, maybe go elsewhere. I didn't really feel it was a waste of time though, and I did enjoy it, just not special.
While everyone in the movie are in good badass mode. I think Dennis Hopper owned every scene he was in though. He's still cool and funny decades after Easy Rider. While Michael Madsen also hasn't lost a step since Reservoir Dogs. Dogs.