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Road Rage
(2000)
Reviewed by Andy Bowers
Rating: 9 Beans

f actors were meat (and many execs in Hollywood probably already use that term) then Tom Hanks would be choice sirloin. George Clooney would be a porkchop and Road Rage star Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers, Python) would be a tofu wiener.

In this obvious rip-off of everything from "the Hitcher" to Steven Spielbergs "The Duel", Casper and some chick he helps out get stalked by some nut in a pick-up truck with tinted windows (welcome to Jerry-Springer-ville).

I figured it was her boyfriend, overzealous Jehovah Witness or extra protective Catholic mother. On the road they encounter hillbillies (go rednecks!) and many other freaks while eluding the mysterious force that is "The Truck"

Plot - schmlot. I recommend this film for one hilariously inept scene only. As the truck, t-bones a car near a cliff, the following stunt involving the two vehicles plummeting into a conveniently placed ravine in slow motion, cut to "Van-Damme" repeat editing (natch) shows that the special effects guys welded both together, forming a pathetic metallic letter "T" as they dropped in gravity defying unison.

If this scene could be used as any type of metaphor (other than the evils of producing low budget thrillers starring anyone named Casper) it could be for Van Dien's career. It's careened off the cliff, it's hit rock bottom but just hasn't exploded into a fiery unrecognizable heap of crap yet. I use "yet" very loosely.






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