Rebels Without A Cause

Welcome to the Vandals, a club for leather-clad outsiders who live for the bare-knuckled thrill of motorcycles. But what happens when the good times turn to violence and criminality in this gritty drama?

Article Published on 01.03.2024

Words Charlotte Blacklock

The sixties was the golden age for motorcycle riders, making it the perfect backdrop for this furious tale. Headstrong Kathy recounts her time as a member of the Vandals and the reckless evolution of the club. Amongst this grease-covered crew, she meets her husband, Benny, a rebellious rider who lives for the rumbling of bikes and the respect of their unfaltering leader, Johnny.

Kathy wrestles to tame Benny’s wild nature as she watches him get sucked into a more sinister and dangerous side of Johnny’s gang. Jeff Nichols’ ode to the sixties subculture of bikeriders takes a turn from Easy Rider to Goodfellas, leaving the characters at a crossroads as they make choices about their loyalty to the Vandals.

Expect an acting masterclass all round as Jodie Comer’s Kathy tells the tale in a flawless Midwestern accent. Austin Butler swaps his blue suede shoes for bike leathers for a smouldering performance reminiscent of James Dean, while Tom Hardy has the air of a Marlon Brando, leading this revved-up pack as Johnny. We can’t wait for this trio to don their leathers and speed into view.

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