Lorenzo Lamas is the coach of a group of motocross-racing kids. When an evil biker gangthreatens to take over the good guys’ track, a race is proposed, winner take all. The bikers don’tplay fair, however, and our heroes lose both their top rider and their bikes. Fortunately, as far asthe rider is concerned, a chimpanzee is able to fill in.
Groan. This is “family viewing” in the form of the worst kind of pabulum. But then, wat doyou expect from a film that tosses a m…nkey in with Lorenzo Lamas, Dan Haggerty, Gary Buseyand Phyllis Diller. If the hairs on the back of your neck are stirring, that’s because you can feelthe cold, clammy hand of Hell reaching out for you from this film.
The audio mix is a bit of a mixed bag. The crowd scenes in the opening are suitablysurround, but the actual bike race doesn’t have as much of a roar as it should, and the music isvery weak. Come the climax, however, there are all sorts of engine roars coming in from allsides. The dialogue also sounds a little on the thin and harsh side.
The picture has been cropped to 1.33:1 (fair enough, I suppose, given that this is aimed atvery young viewers). There is some grain, and the picture is a bit soft. The colours aren’t bad,but the blacks aren’t always as strong as they should be, looking distinctly blue in the scenewhere the bikes are stolen.
There are many great family movies. This is not one of them.