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Quicksilver (1986) (Blu-ray)

RLJ Entertainment // 1986 // 106 Minutes // Rated PG
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // August 21st, 2013

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson's ten-speed was the envy of the neighborhood. Just like his Jams.

The Charge

Speeding towards the final and deadly showdown.

The Case

Jack Casey (Kevin Bacon, Footloose) zips majestically astride his ten-speed, dodging traffic, jumping curbs, slaloming hapless passers-by, all for one purpose: get his deliveries to their destination on time. Jack is one of the premium bike messengers in New York City, living a high-speed life of pedestrian sideswiping and fornication in his hip studio loft.

But he wasn't always on his bike. Once a promising trader on Wall Street, he bet big one day and lost everything, including his dull haircut and pathetic mustache. Starting over looks like pedaling like a maniac, and he's content in his new life: the freedom of the road, the hypnotic sound of asphalt on rubber, and the warm, sweaty embrace of an aerobics instructor.

Yet, he needs something more. Ever since he got out of the trading pit, there's been a thrill missing. That thrill shows up in the form of tough-talking, street-smart Terri (Jami Gertz, The Lost Boys). Also, a deranged drug dealer is trying to kill him.

If that sounds action-packed, check your expectations because Quicksilver is as much a movie about Wall Street as a hyperactive chase flick on bikes. In fact, there are only two "action-y" sequences in the film: a race between Jack and his arch rival rider (Laurence Fishburne, The Matrix) and the final face-off between our hero and the lunatic drug dealer. To be fair, they're pretty fun set-ups, filmed practically with cameras on bikes and at high enough speeds.

Quicksilver will sink or swim depending on your passion and craving for '80s nostalgia. This is '80s to its core, from the wardrobe and kicking soundtrack, to the aerobics instructor and Reaganomics.

Or you can do what I did: Stick around for the haircuts.

Not much to report on the Blu-ray. The 1.85:1/1080p HD transfer looks its age, offering only a modest bump on clarity and resolution. The DTS-HD 2.0 Master Audio track pipes in the tracks and effects decently enough, but don't bank on getting enveloped in a magical soundscape. There are no extras.

Taken at that level, as a goofy little trip back in time, I had a decent time with Quicksilver. The plot is so-so, fractured in its focus. Is it a romance? A tale of urban youth trying to find their purpose? An exciting bike flick? An action movie? Yes! And no!

The Verdict

Not guilty, though I'm still not entirely sure why.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 75

Perp Profile

Studio: RLJ Entertainment
Video Formats:
• 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080p)
Audio Formats:
• DTS HD 2.0 Master Audio (English)
• English (SDH)
Running Time: 106 Minutes
Release Year: 1986
MPAA Rating: Rated PG
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