Sunday, February 24, 2013

Roadracers (1994)

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Starring: David Arquette, John Hawkes, Salma Hayek, Jason Wiles, William Sadler, O'Neal Compton

More info: IMDb

Plot: Cynical look at a 50's rebellious Rocker who has to confront his future, thugs with knives, and the crooked town sheriff.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Nope.

This is Robert Rodriguez's first picture after EL MARIACHI (1992).  Knowing his work, you'll be able to spot some of his touches but not enough for this to feel like a RR movie.  It's not without a fair share of fun (I LOVE the Kevin McCarthy cameo the most) but the film does lag from time to time.  Arquette tries to be a badass but he's just a hair shy of convincing and the film that frames him could have done a better job of making him fit the role.  The teens that antagonize him are foolish and silly and I think that's the worst offender of all.  Every time they show up the movie loses its momentum.  ROADRACERS has a lot of neat bits but taken as a whole, it misses the mark in succeeding in being what it strives to be.

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