Picks and Pans Review: Torque

updated 01/26/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/26/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

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Ice Cube, Martin Henderson

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It may be the dead of winter, but this oil-drenched, motorcycle-loving action picture is a drive-in movie if there ever was one. Which is not meant as high praise. Torque is about a hunksome, hog-riding rebel (Henderson) who teams up with an honorable, bike-straddling gang leader (Cube) to trap a villainous, motorcycle-loving drug dealer. Just so that no one mistakenly thinks that mean machines are an exclusively male preserve, our rebel hero's estranged girlfriend (Monet Mazur) runs a motorcycle repair shop—and she isn't one to tag along in a sidecar. Chases, explosions and more chases ensue. The only thing missing is Nancy Sinatra in her little white go-go boots and a black leather jacket. (PG-13)

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