Trejo, Tom Sizemore, C Thomas Howell
The Grind isn't much different than most straight-to-DVD
flicks these days. It's low budget, and there's not
particularly much to the story.
The story follows Luke, played by C. Thomas Howell
(Outsiders), a Los Angeles scam artist whose massive debt is
sold to Mexican gangsters.
With his life and that of his friends hanging in the balance,
he comes up with a a scheme to repay his debt in a week's
time. Along with two of his accomplices, he sets out to
create a voyeur website featuring four sexy women. But
things don't go exactly to plan thanks to the greed and
violent history of the people involved.
The good news is that the cinematography is good, as well as
the color correction and lighting. The four roommates are
played by Christina DeRosa, Lauren Walsh, Eve Mauro, and Sarah
Scott. Each of the four women are extremely sexy, and
there's a good bit of nudity in the film.
The problem is that the story itself is weak, and the concept
of starting a website to pay off a $24,000 debt is simply
laughable. There's no real character development, and the film
concludes with a number of unanswered questions. It was also
annoying that Luke's character sustains a major beating at the
start of the film, but his bloody appearance never changes
throughout the course of a week. It was almost as though
all of his scenes were shot in a day, to keep down the cost of
None of the performances stand out, save perhaps for a small
contribution by Tom Sizemore (Heat, Natural Born Killers).
Danny Trejo, of Desperado and Machete fame, stars as Mexican
mob boss Nicholi Guzman. Though it's definitely
misleading that Sizemore and Danny Trejo are on the DVD cover,
despite both actors only getting about two minutes of screen
While it may have been shot better than most low-budget
flicks, The Grind is still a film with weak writing and
dialogue. The only redeeming aspect was that there were four
incredibly hot women to keep you watching. But even that
factor only made the film halfway worth a rental. So
unless you're a big fan of eye candy and the occasional sex
scene, give this one a pass.