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Supercross

Release Date: August 17, 2005
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108/166 David Mumpower Maybe I am simply numb to the concept of bad cinema in 2005, but I have seen much worse this year. Much worse. Also, Cameron Richardson, while not a great actress, does have an engaging quality.

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Most of us have at one time or another stumbled upon a motorcycling event while channel surfing. ESPN and ESPN2 have to come up with 24 hours of programming each day, and Sportscenter can only be re-run for half of the day. Even the most obsessive sports fans stop watching it after six consecutive viewings.

During this downtime, the various style of Motocross make for good TV. You can turn it on, watch the contestants kick dirt in each other's faces, see a sweet jump or two, see a brutal wreck and then move along with your day. It's 30 seconds well spent.

Now, the marketing department for the Supercross circuit has figured out an even better way to introduce new consumers to the product than neck-breaking crashes. They aim to release a movie into theaters that will show the fictional, behind-the-scenes struggles that mirror what some of the competitors have had to overcome in their lives.

The story itself is rather pedestrian. Two brothers are forced move on after the death of their father. The suspicious nature of his tragedy eats at them, but they somehow manage to get back on that bike and ride like the wind.

While the film won't be breaking any new ground with its plot, the cast of fresh-faced pretty people is strong. Mike Vogel of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre redux and Grind and Steve Howey of Reba portray the Carlyle brothers. Sophia Bush, the current WB It Girl due to One Tree Hill, plays the love interest of one of the brothers. Cameron Richardson of the quickly gone but not forgotten Skin ("His father is the district attorney!") is presumably onboard to romance the other one. Aaron Carter, whose love life is more famous than any of his songs, is also cast as a biker. The older generation cast includes a nerd, Robert Carradine, a Terminator, Robert Patrick and a mermaid, Daryl Hannah.

While Supercross is being created to entice a new generation of fans for the sport, all involved indicate it's still going to please hardcore fans. The more spectacular stunts are specifically designed to cater to the experienced viewers of these events. (David Mumpower/BOP)




Vital statistics for Supercross
Main Cast Steve Howey, Mike Vogel, Daryl Hannah
Supporting Cast Robert Patrick, Aaron Carter, Cameron Richardson, Ryan Locke, Sophia Bush, Robert Carradine
Director Steve Boyum
Screenwriter Ken Solarz
Distributor Fox Searchlight
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Official Site http://www.supercrossmovie.com/
Rating PG-13
Running Time 92 minutes
Screen Count 1,621
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