Ira Robbins
November 01, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

After making a movie of Mortal Kombat, British director Paul Anderson displayed his video-game sensibilities in $hopping, a barely released cartoonish look at urban punk pirates battling the law and each other. As a delinquent twosome, Law and Frost drive fast cars through shop windows and emerge unscathed to the accompaniment of pounding techno music. Despite the film’s pretensions to update A Clockwork Orange, life- styles of the young and lawless boil down to dumb dialogue, daredevil chases, and more atmospheric smoke than you’ll find at a Pink Floyd concert. C

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