Directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood, starring Laurence Fishburne, Derek Luke, Orlando Bloom, Kid Rock and Eriq la Salle.

Trying to gain on the success of 'The Fast and the Furious', 'Biker Boyz' takes cars and replaces them with... motorbikes. In this case sadly, it's four wheels good, two wheels bad.

Smoke (Fishburne) is the 'King of Cali' - the most respected rider on the underground circuit, despite riding a pink motorcycle. When his mechanic, Slick Will (la Salle) is killed in an accident, Will's son, the prosaically-named Kid (Luke), looks to steal Smoke's crown.

What this amounts to is a series of unexciting drag races, interspersed with a pointless romance. Along the way we have the usual misogyny, including a laugh-out-loud 'Bikini Bike Washing Day' to - get this - raise money for schoolbooks. To be this bad takes ages.

For a film that's centred on fast-paced competitions, the races themselves are remarkably dull. There's a lot of metaphorical guff about "seeing the finishing line" and whatnot, but couldn't they have put in some crashes? Some corners at least wouldn't have hurt. Added to that is some dodgy CGI work and a soundtrack of mid-tempo R'n'B numbers that fail to get the pulse racing the way going at 160mph surely should.

The film is saved from being a total wipeout by the strong performances of its leads. Fishburne, who presumably appears here only because he was still waiting for his 'Matrix' cheque to clear, commands the screen as always. And the young Derek Luke, receiving tremendous praise Stateside for his role in 'Antwone Fisher', is one to watch.

The most remarkable thing that 'Biker Boyz' accomplishes is to take the template from 'The Fast and The Furious' and try and make it more two-dimensional. But the feeble attempts at emotional involvement detract from the sheer rush that made the Vin Diesel-starring movie good fun. With both this cash-in and '2 Fast 2 Furious' disappointing, adrenaline junkies will have to get their fix elsewhere this summer.

Gearóid Reidy