Gleaming the Cube

A skateboarding-obsessed suburban kid (Christian Slater) goes about solving - exploitation style - the death of his adopted Vietnamese brother (Art Chudabala), who Slater knows in his heart was too smart to commit suicide.

With:
Christian Slater Steven Bauer Min Luong Art Chudabala Le Tuan Richard Herd

A skateboarding-obsessed suburban kid (Christian Slater) goes about solving – exploitation style – the death of his adopted Vietnamese brother (Art Chudabala), who Slater knows in his heart was too smart to commit suicide.

Slater skateboards all over Little Saigon, going in and out of minimalls skillfully enough to elude Vietnamese hoods on his trail while conducting some Chuck Norris-inspired sleuthing.

Slater, who sounds as if he is trying to imitate Jack Nicholson, is the only character who has a shading of personality. His skateboarding buddies are funny, considering one needs a glossary to translate their dialog, while the Vietnamese are mostly sleazy cardboard figures. The police are inept and the mastermind villain (Richard Herd) seems to be right out of the Method acting school.

Gleaming the Cube

Production: Gladden. Director Graeme Clifford; Producer Lawrence Turman; Screenplay Michael Tolkin; Camera Reed Smoot; Editor John Wright; Music Jay Ferguson; Art Director John Muto

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1988. Running time: 105 MIN.

With: Christian Slater Steven Bauer Min Luong Art Chudabala Le Tuan Richard Herd

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