Remember the time after Lawrence Fishburne played Morpheus in The Matrix? One year after Derek Luke blew us away with his performance in Antwone Fisher. The time when Terrance Howard (Empire: Lucious Lyon) played Chu Chu in Biker Boyz. Howard’s role in this movie was short-lived, but it catapulted the main characters drive. He unintentionally killed himself and Smoke’s mechanic, and the Kid’s father, Will, in a race with Smoke for a measly $2000.
The Kid, played by Derek Luke, never liked his father’s role in the Biker gang. He aspired to be more than a prospect. The Kid wanted to take Smoke’s crown as the best Biker in California. Kid earned his aspiration to become King honestly. What he learns about his father drove more than the premise of the story; it drove Kid to tap into his natural born talent. He becomes the leader of his own motorcycle club called Biker Boyz.
Biker Boyz is a smorgasbord of talented actors. Besides Fishburne and Luke, you will see the faces of Lisa Bonet, Orlando Jones, Larenz Tate, Meagan Good, Kadeem Hardison, Kid Rock, Dante Basco, Rick Gonzalez, Vanessa Bell Calloway, and Djimon Hounsou. Each played a pivotal role in the characterization of the movie, but Derek Luke shines in this role as the ambitious and self-destructive club leader.
Despite critic reviews, Biker Boyz is truly an entertaining piece of cinema. The cast alone gives movie lovers a reason to watch it. However, there is more to this movie than just a reckless young boy trying to win the crown. It’s about a young man who is trying to make his mark. More than anything, Kid wants to be seen and treated as if he is a man. A challenge that every young man needs to face.
If you haven’t watched the movie yet, watch the trailer here.
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