A contemporary Western on wheels with desperados who live every day on the edge. Lawyers and city workers by day, they take to the streets in their leather gear to race by night. In the world of underground motorcycle clubs, the undefeated racer known as Smoke is the undisputed "King of Cali." But Smoke's dominance of the set is about to be threatened by a young motorcycle-racing prodigy called Kid, who is determined to win Smoke's helmet and earn the coveted title.
What is an actor with the crunching gravitas of Laurence Fishburne doing in a flimsy motorcycle movie like "Biker Boyz"? Glowering behind a Fu Manchu mustache, he plays Smoke, the "King of Cali" and leader of the Black Knights, an underground California motorcycle club made up of white-collar African-Americans who shed their business attire off-hours to put on leather and go racing. "Biker Boyz," directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood, imagines itself a leaner, hipper, African-American-slanted answer to "The Fast and the Furious," but it has little of the visceral energy of its forerunner and none of its adolescent sense of grandeur. Stephen Holden
2003-01-31 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of Biker Boyz