This felt like one of those crappy skateboard/extreme-sports-movies that washed over us in the mid 80's. While I get sorta nostalgic I cannot look past the fact that the story is ludicrous and the dialogue cringe-worthy. Apart from some great action scenes and a weird and cartooney turn from Shannon there is not much fun to had with this one.
Middle chase sequence (the race with Manny) drags like a mother but elsewhere this is a nice Tony Scott-esque movie of banality turned epic through stylish direction. Michael Shannon is great in his performance as Nicolas Cage.
Time-waster, and nothing more. Shannon was severely under-appreciated, but still manages to pop a little as the antagonist. Though, there really aren't any wholly good characters or even villains. Everybody from start to finish is doing something illegal (whether mildly or severely). Points for slick bike stunts and some interesting moments. No points for the dull story or anything else.
Captures the gleeful absurdity of classic Jackie Chan. Watching this film feels more like playing a video game than any movie I've ever seen. Michael Shannon gives possibly the scenery-chewingest performance of his career to date, thus placing it on the shortlist for scenery-chewingest performance of all time.
A lot of fun at many more levels than I was expecting I mean, I knew I could be in for amazingly shot bike races but and equally fast paced narrative structure and memorable over the top performances by Joseph Gordon Levitt and Michael Shannon I did not. If only every summer movie could be at least like this.