'Supercross: The Movie' can't make the jump

LOUIS B. HOBSON - Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:15 AM ET

If you have motorbikes flying through the air there really isn't any reason for a plot. This would appear to be the logic behind the action drama Supercross: The Movie.

According to the film's press notes, supercross is the fastest-growing motor sport in North America next only to NASCAR.

The riders compete on tracks that are constructed to help propel the cycles into the air or bring the riders dangerously close to the ground as they negotiate corners.

When a rider falls the race turns into a demolition derby.

Supercross: The Movie features dazzling footage from two seasons of supercross competitions. Squeezed between the race footage is a story that's a string of cliches.

Like Lindsay Lohan's family in Herbie: Fully Loaded, the Carlyle brothers are the ace racers but they don't have the money to get them into the big leagues.

They have to content themselves with competing in minor events hoping to scrape together enough cash to buy a bike capable of taking on the top racer in the sport.

If that's not enough, Trip (Mike Vogel) the younger Carlyle is a rebel and a show off.

His older brother K.C. (Steve Howey) loves little brother but finds it increasingly difficult to keep him from pulling off stunts so dangerous they're life-threatening.

Those stunts are also the best reason to see Supercross: The Movie.

Vogel and Howey are eye-candy for the women just as Cameron Richardson and Sophia Bush are eye-candy for the guys.

All four take a back seat to the motorbikes which consistently perform better and are more convincing.

As impressive as the actual race footage is the plot and characters are so underdeveloped that director Steve Boyum is unable to create very much tension.

At some point during production someone realized this so there's an annoying sports announcer who tells the viewer how to feel.

Daryl Hannah's guest appearance in the film is now on the floor of some editing room as is the subplot about the suspicious death of K.C. and Trip's father that was supposed to fuel their desire to win the championship he was denied.

Supercross: The Movie is strictly for fans of the sport or enthusiasts of any of the current extreme sports.

(This film is rated PG)


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