It earns its hour-and-a-half of thrills honestly, with good solid storytelling and filmmaking. It's amazing how rare that is these days.
Officer Monday let out too many silly Three Stooges-like sounds for me to take him seriously. He was like a cartoon villain, always barely missing the protagonist & then being duped by him once he does catch him.
The bike-o-vision was cool the first time, but it did not serve the movie to repeat the same trick again. Same point stands for the map out/map in visual effect they kept using. I'd argue that this movie did rely a fair amount on expensive digital effects, and the budget is high enough to back that claim (thought I'm sure the actors/actresses weren't cheap).
The biggest letdown of this movie for me was the predictability of it all. From the very first scene where Wiley is arguing with his girlfriend, we know they're going to get back together at the end, but he's going to have to go through some hardship first. There is nothing poetic about their relationship, no burning flame between them. She is sexy, and he is the main character...that's pretty much the only connection I felt between them.
There is never a point in the movie when it feels like things could truly turn dire. The stakes are low, even with the payoff of Monday being killed. He was too much Wile. E. Coyote to catch Wiley the Roadrunner.
Aug 26 - 12:28 PM
you are right jeff, u dont see that so much anymore, every thing is getting to be "too much of the same thing" kind of deal. its strictly about riding bikes and the real dangers, not guns,drugs,big car explosions,cheesy one liners,protagonist vs. antagonist,and bustin babes at the end. you have to admit we see a lot of that these days. sure, rush has a few questionable scenes, but as you said, it's a unique summer extravaganza, not worth missing!!...something like that.
Aug 26 - 10:50 PM