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. Motorcycle chases ensue...

This film provides examples of:

  • 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.
  • 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.