Streets Of Fire Blu-ray Review
What’s It About? Sexy rock singer Ellen Aim (Diane Lane) is playing a hometown gig when she is grabbed and kidnapped by the notorious local biker gang called The Bombers, lead by the psychotic Raven (William Defoe). Ex-soldier, and one time boyfriend of Ellen, Tom Cody (Michael Pare) is prepared to risk all as he takes on the whole gang to win back his old flame. Along for the ride, and by Tom’s side, are slippery concert promoter Billy Fish (Rick Moranis) and lone female drifter McCoy (Amy Madigan).
Verdict: Described at the beginning of the film as a Rock ‘n’ Roll fable, Walter Hill’s 80s-neon stylish crime film finally makes it onto Blu-ray. The film is suited to this format thanks to its high-vis neon styled cinematography that inhabits most of the film. It looks like a drug-induced version of Blade Runner, with its leaky sets and metal constructs among garishly fetishised outfits. Sadly the story doesn’t work in this setting and seems split into two separate processes that never fully come together. The storyline of the bikers lacks any real emotion or attitude that shows how nasty they are – all talk and no action. The love story never fully happens and is tossed aside for quite a while. It’s a jumbled plotting that causes the film to miss important beats that could have kicked it into the next gear.
Defoe shows why he can play a bad guy but misses out on brutality due to a script that holds back at key moments. Michael Padre appears out of his depth throughout and struggles to deliver menace or heartfelt emotion when required; instead he breezes along on the good guy ride. Rick Moranis delivers a sleazy turn and appears to have fun being let off his usual family comedy chain. Fortunately it’s the incredibly sexy Diane Lane that holds the film together, her kidnapping creating the issue that binds both groups. Lane plays the imprisoned princess with beautiful aplomb, with a performance that a Disney character would be jealous of, but she also has a heroic side that can kick ass when required. Her best moments are on stage singing looking like a fully fledged music artist with sexiness and magnetism giving her the complete package.
Extras: A strange set of extras on this release include an electronic press kit and two Ellen Aim music videos. It’s left to the documentary ‘Rumble On The Lot’ to delve into the film. Featuring interviews with most of the cast and crew (including Hill) that range in tales of how they made it to working with their co-stars. Hill is the most engaging and offers some very interesting insights into what he believed in, and what he feels about the legacy of the film. It’s a worthy accompaniment to the actual film.
Final Words: Streets Of Fire may be 80s action with neon nightclub visuals, yet it lacks any real structure when trying to combine the two storylines. Lane oozes sexiness but the rest of the cast struggle with a hipster script that doesn’t sit right.
Streets Of Fire is released on Blu-ray on 18 November 2013.