I've had this tape laying around for months, but finally watched
it thanks to the endless prodding of Dana at Il Vicino. That sounds
kind of dirty, but you know what I mean. This oddball biker flick
concerns the rivalry between the Choppers, a (real) all-black
bike gang, and Satan's Serpents, a bunch of white bikers led by
the tough-but-enlightened Chainer, who insists that "any
beef we have with the Choppers is about territory, not color!"
But despite what you might think, the titular "Black Angels"
are actually the two white (and ridiculously bogus) cops who drive
aimlessly through the movie. The flick opens with a supercool
extended bike chase after one of the Choppers smashes Chainer's
window while he's getting it on with his ol' lady. In flashbacks
during the chase, we see the troublesome Chopper telling his squeeze
how he's gonna take Chainer out "because Chainer is all
white! His white is pale, pale and sick--and I hate all
sickness!" After proclaiming himself "a new shade
of black," he instigates the chase, which comes to a jarring
end when the Chopper dumps his bike while trying to jump a ravine.
The problem is, after this unbelievably great first 10 minutes,
the movie becomes pretty much your standard, rambly-assed chopper-opera
until the last 10 minutes, when it suddenly becomes a biker
version of Do the Right Thing, as the Choppers and the
Serpents clash in an orgy of badly-choreographed violence. While
disappointing in that it doesn't live up to its potential, Black
Angelsis essential viewing for that opening sequence and
a plethora of gut-wrenchingly awful songs (if I ever hear
the one about "eating cigarettes" again, I'm buying
a gun). (Something Weird Video)
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