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Plot Overview


loversbinderA journalist Danny (Mike Faist) is inter­viewing Kathy (Jodie Comer) a girl who met and married Benny (Austin Butler) a prominent member of the Vandals motor­cycle gang out of Chicago. He is documenting the evolution of the gang from 1965–1973 as it reflects changes in the broader culture around them.

Benny is macho and free spirited and holds no ambition to be the leader. The president of the gang is one Johnny (Tom Hardy) a family man with a regular job—he drives trucks. Eventually he comes to be challenged by one of the young bucks who's part of the pot smoking contingent, not of the beer drinking old fogies.

This gang strikes me as being a couple decades ahead of a degenerating society. Their morals might be comparable to this snippet from Britain twenty years hence, illustrated by author Richard Beard:

Spencer said, “I liked your dress last night.”

They both glanced at where it lay wantonly on the floor, empty and any­body's. “Earlier this morning,” Hazel corrected him. “It wasn't really last night.”

“I didn't realize it was so late.”

“I phoned after midnight. It was well into today.” (18)

“Lets not fool ourselves,” he said. “We hardly know each other.”

“We've just spent the night together.”

“It was very late.”

“Didn't you want to?”

“Yes,” Spencer said. “I wanted to.” (21)


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cream makerHere are begun conflicts à la, (Prov. 30:33) “Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.” The idea in the proverb is that a state of peace and conciliation can change to one of war just as a liquid (milk) can change to solid (butter) through constant agitation (churning.) Or hit a critical area (nose) and it bleeds. This first principle is illustrated in the movie when the relentless turning of the tape that's recording an audio inter­view will eventually result in a published book. The second when two regulars at a bar demand a solitary gang member remove his colors in there, and it's like over my dead body. A lot of blood gets spilled. Then the bar­tender pencils in their names and addresses to the other members returned from the hospital.

water balloonsLong exposure to a biker gang that proper Kathy is not comfortable with is insidious. By analogy say a girl hob­nobs with a gang of boys tricked out for water balloon fights. She's not a participant in that activity, but stick around long enough, some fool thing happens and she gets wet.

It is inevitable that one of the young bucks will eventually challenge the leader. This leader has a rep as a mean fighter and had earlier humiliated this challenger. As one of the audience was heard to remark, “It wasn't a fair duel.”

Production Values

” (2023) was written and directed by Jeff Nichols. It was based on Danny Lyon's novel, The Bikeriders. It stars Tom Hardy, Austin Butler, Jodie Comer, Michael Shannon, Norman Reedus, and Mike Faist. The acting and accents were acceptable. As a group they pulled it off. Comer showed herself talented.

MPA rated it R for language throughout, violence, some drug use and brief sexuality. The gang members all needed a bath. The film employed some good camera work and was generally well made. The roaring hogs shook the theater big time. It was filmed in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Runtime is 1 hour 56 minutes.

Review Conclusion w/a Christian's Recommendation

In the same timeframe of this film, my college roommate and I in Cincinnati used to rent Suzuki motor­cycles for excursions around town. I did enjoy the free feeling, but I can't say as I was ever tempted to join a gang, and these Vandals wouldn't welcome college “pinkos” any­way. After college I became a hippie and then a Jesus freak on the West coast where originated the Jesus movement as documented in “Jesus Revolution.” We provided an alternative to the drug culture portrayed in “The Bikeriders.”

This movie is a worthy action-drama that depicts the motorcycle gang in unflattering terms. It doesn't lionize them. If some­one were to run off and join up after seeing this film, he's got bigger problems than movie exposure. For motor­cycle enthusiasts and drama buffs.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Decent action scenes. Suitability For Children: Not Suitable for Children of Any Age. Special effects: Average special effects. Video Occasion: Good for Groups. Suspense: A few suspenseful moments. Overall movie rating: Four stars out of five.

Works Cited

Scripture quoted from the King James Version. Pub. 1611, rev. 1769, 1873. Software.

Beard, Richard. Damascus. Copyright © Richard Beard 1998. London: Harper­CollinsPublishers, 1998. Print.