The Bikeriders

After a chance encounter at a local bar, strong-willed Kathy is inextricably drawn to Benny, the newest member of Midwestern motorcycle club, the Vandals led by the enigmatic Johnny. Much like the country around it, the club begins to evolve, transforming from a gathering place for local outsiders into a dangerous underworld of violence, forcing Benny to choose between Kathy and his loyalty to the club.

  • Released:
  • Runtime: 116 minutes
  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • Stars: Norman Reedus, Boyd Holbrook, Damon Herriman, Emory Cohen, Mike Faist, Toby Wallace, Beau Knapp, Karl Glusman, Happy Anderson, Jodie Comer, Austin Butler, Michael Abbott Jr., Phuong Kubacki, Valerie Jane Parker, Radek Lord, Jim Freivogel, Erin Scerbak, Steve Marvel, Tom Hardy, Michael Shannon
  • Director: Jeff Nichols
  • FeastMode - 18 June 2024
    Jodie Comer is a superstar
    I saw The Bikeriders early as this week's Mystery Movie Monday. It was already on my watchlist with the main draw being Tom Hardy. I know next to nothing about motorcycles. But Sons of Anarchy is one of my favorite shows, heavily because of the comradery, brotherhood and general coolness.

    The Bikeriders has all of these things. We're thrown into the biker club culture and everything feels authentic. It's a generally well-made film with by far its best attribute being the performances. Tom Hardy melts into the role, with another unique voice/accent to add to his massive repertoire. Austin Butler perfectly plays stoic/brooding/cool.

    But Jodie Comer absolutely destroys with her performance. I've only seen her in a few movies. But between Free Guy, The Last Duel and this, her performances are staggeringly different. This can be seen in her facial expressions, accent, mannerisms, and even her posture. I am aware she's acting, and yet I fully believe her.

    So why the mediocre rating? Because the movie overall is just okay. I wasn't fully invested in the story or character outcomes. And my theory for why may only apply to me. But I feel like story doesn't really have a purpose. We just follow a group of people for a period of time. This is something I notice with many period pieces and/or historical movies.

    By contrast, in Sons of Anarchy the biker club and everything I mentioned is just the premise. It's surrounded by an intricate story, juicy drama, mystery, suspense, tension, and conflict. You can feel escalation for 7 straight seasons.

    The Bikeriders doesn't have much of this. It's just the biker club premise and not much more. There is no escalation to speak of, no tension building up to a conflict resolved in a climax. It just feels like, "here is some stuff that happened, the end."

    This may not be a problem for everyone. I personally need more.

    (1 viewing, early screening Marcus Mystery Movie 6/17/2024)
  • sonofdale - 7 September 2023
    Another Tom Hardy Oscar winning performance!!!
    Tom Hardy does it again!!!I was fortunate enough to watch this at an early showing and wow what a ride it was!! Definitely one of Hardy's best roles to date! Austin Butler and Tom Hardy each do Oscar worthy performances. The script was written to perfection and the acting from the support actors/actresses were amazing too!! This masterpiece definitely has you sucked into the story from the plot to the breathtaking music you won't want this movie to end. I brought my wife to see this with me and she doesn't usually like these kind of movies but she loved it so much she asked that we go watch it again!! I definitely recommend!!