Film: Torque

The Fast and the Furious... WITH MOTORCYCLES!

Torque is a 2004 action film directed by Joseph Kahn. Martin Henderson plays Badass Biker Cary Ford. 6 months prior to the events of the film, Henry James (Matt Schulze), the leader of a biker gang called the Hellions requested he look after some bikes. When trying to move them, however, Ford found crystal meth in the fuel tanks. Ford hid the bikes and fled to Thailand, where has has been for six months, leading the police to believe he is a drug dealer and Henry to believe he stole his bikes. Now Ford's returned to the states to reconcile with his girlfriend Shane (Monet Mazur). Henry's still pissed, so he frames Ford for the murder of the younger brother of Trey (Ice Cube), the leader of a rival biker gang called the Reapers. Motorcycles chases ensue...

This film provides examples of:

  • Biker Babe: Or this?
  • The Cameo: When Shane and Ford argue in her shop, she angrily tells another customer they're closed. The other customer is Jesse James from Monster Garage.
  • Captain Ersatz: "Man, Tom Cruise sure did look badass doing those motorcycle stunts in that Mission: Impossible II movie. Martin Henderson looks sort of like a scruffy Tom Cruise, let's cast him and do a lot of the same sort of Badass Shots that Cruise did in MI."
  • Rule of Fun: The most likely justification for the overwhelming unrealisticity.
  • Shout-Out / Take That: At one point The Fast and the Furious is directly referenced/insulted. Ford borrows Vin Diesel's line, "I live my life a quarter-mile at a time." To which Shane replies, "That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard."
  • Stealth Parody: According to Joseph Kahn himself and to recent interviews with Adam Scott (who plays an FBI agent), the movie was mostly intentional in its ridiculousness. Kahn assumes 75% of the movie he wanted to make was in the final effort and that the lack of physics and the general over-the-top nature was entirely intended.
    • It's sure convenient that this was meant as a parody, seeing as otherwise it would just be a really obvious mockbuster of Fast and Furious with borderline racist characters. Just like how convenient it was that Space Mutiny was also a parody, or otherwise it would have been just an extremely bad movie. Yep. Dodged that bullet.
      • There are exactly two points where any form of parody is made obvious: The opening has Ford disturbing a sign that ends up reading "CARS SUCK" and the moment mentioned in Shout-Out above.
  • Vapor Trail: Probably one of the most ridiculous examples ever shown in film. The fire can chase down a bike said to have a top-speed of 200 mph.
  • Woman in Black: China. Played straight... or parodied?
  • Wrench Wench: Shane.