You can’t buy happiness so why not waste millions of dollars betting on illegal drag races between rare exotic cars. That’s just what L.A. pimp/record producer Infamous (Eddie Griffin) movie mogul Jerry (Tim Matheson) and a sociopath counterfeiter known to his family as Uncle Mike (Angus MacFadyen) like to do with their free time and seemingly endless piles of cash. These guys will gamble on just about anything: For example they bet $1 million Uncle Mike’s nephew can drive from L.A. to Las Vegas in under two hours. An impossible feat made more so by driving at night racing at speeds of over 200 mph through windy desert roads using special night goggles and zipping past CHiPs unnoticed like the Road Runner. But the annual multi-million dollar race is coming and Infamous needs a driver. Enter the movie’s hero and narrator Natasha (Nadia Bjorlin) who has retired from racing and is busy pimping rides and fronting a hair-metal band. After some teasers the mega-stakes illegal drag race kicks off deep in the Nevada desert where a fatal mistake costs one racer their life and another their freedom. The script gives little if any help to the actors in this scattered camp-fest meets a misogynistic hip-hop video—starting with funnyman Eddie Griffin basically doing standup and one-liners throughout. Angus MacFadyen (Saw III) brings some presence to the drowning film with his shell-shocked Martin Sheen/Apocalypse Now parody—strange drunken dances to boot. Veteran actor and man of a thousand bad parts Tim Matheson--who has managed to stay afloat with B movies since his glory days as Eric “Otter” Stratton in Animal House--actually seems to be having a little fun here. Sadly though the rest of the supporting cast is easily forgettable and at times comes off a little too much like the cast of a late night Cinemax skin-flick. Too bad Redline is PG-13. Redline is Andy Cheng’s (End Game) second time helming a feature film but he is no stranger to movie sets as his past credits include a myriad of stunt coordination work in films like Rush Hour and The Scorpion King. A lot of his early work was spent on Jackie Chan films which explains a lot about his directing style with Redline. Part of the charm of a Jackie Chan film is well Jackie Chan and all his amazing moves but take out Chan and leave the ridiculous cartoon characters and inane plots that surround his Hong Kong reels and you have Redline. Amidst the awkward one-liners and misplaced acrobatic fight scenes choreographed to unidentifiable hip-hop music some of the car races--as when a Porsche 911 takes on a $1.2 million Ferrari Enzo--are actually quite cool. This is where Cheng really shows his chops and he makes the most of his limited resources creating a really tacky however absolutely superbly bad-funny cult classic. Redline would have made an excellent double-feature back in 1975 alongside Death Race 2000 boasting: “See the world in the year 2007 where decadence rules and reckless millionaires live and die by fast cars and even faster women.”
Comedian Eddie Griffin escaped from a car crash unscathed yesterday after smashing a rare, $1.5 million sports car into a wall on a California racetrack.
The Norbit star, 38, was practicing for a charity race on the Irwindale Speedway to promote his upcoming film Redline, when he lost control of the red Ferrari Enzo and ploughed it into a concrete barrier.
Video footage of the accident shows the Ferrari--which belonged to Redline's executive producer Daniel Sadek--screeching before it ricocheted off the barrier, leaving the car damaged beyond repair.
After the incident, Griffin joked, "Undercover Brother's (a previous movie character of Griffin's) good at karate and all the rest of that, but the brother can't drive!"
The film's publicist, Wendy Zocks, says, "He walked away completely unscratched, but probably a little shaken."
And while Sadek is thankful the actor survived the incident, he is devastated his "dream car" got written off in the process.
He laments, "I'm glad Eddie came out of the crash OK, but my dream car got destroyed.
"I went to my trailer for about 15 minutes and I thought, 'There's people dying every day. A lot of worse things are happening in the world.'"
Only 400 Ferrari Enzos, made between 2002 and 2004, exist in the world.
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The stretch of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, where Mel Gibson was arrested on Friday was also the spot where Robert Downey Jr. and Nick Nolte were picked up by police years before.
Gibson was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy stopped him for speeding in his 2006 Lexus Coupe near La Tuna Canyon Road on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).
PCH is the main road through the celebrity-studded beach community and has been a hot spot for celebrity arrests.
Downey Jr. was also arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in 1996 and actor Nick Nolte was picked up in 2002 for the same reason, resulting in his famously disheveled mug shot.
Earlier this year, a Swedish businessman crashed his rare Ferrari Enzo on the road, creating an international stir. Officials have declined to release Gibson's mug shot, saying the investigator in the case wanted to temporarily withhold it, citing the ongoing inquiry.
Sheriff's department spokesman Steve Whitmore said the widely disseminated mug shot of Nolte was released without proper authorization.
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