White Rush is one those movies that makes you wonder: "who agreed to finance this film?" It is the tale of a group of "friends" who are out camping when they suddenly find themselves involved in drug deal gone wrong—and decide that they should sell the drugs themselves and become rich! It's not a comedy, but it sure comes off that way….
Things go horribly wrong, and everyone involved in the drug deal dies except Judd Nelson. Meanwhile, back at the camp, the group of friends hears the gunfire, and it just so happens one of them is a cop. Hunky beefcake Louis Mandylor (you'd know him if you saw his face) is the cop, and as usual, he's playing a dumb-sounding Italian (Correction. He played a dumb-sounding Greek in My Big Fat Greek Wedding). Unfortunately, you never see him shirtless in this film. That could have added some redeeming value. But I digress. The cop finds the messy crime scene, and the cocaine, and convinces his friends they should sell the cocaine and become rich. And this group of friends, who I assume are supposed to be just a bunch of everyday people, agree to the plot. Except the one anti-drug chick who makes it clear she was an addict at one time and will not be involved. So she sets out on her own through the woods…and gets kidnapped by Judd Nelson.
But fear not. Judd's not out to kill her. He convinces her she needs to help him get that cocaine back from her friends, because a mean and nasty drug lord will have their heads. Meanwhile, once back home, the supposedly "normal" friends all prove to be really good at high stakes scam artistry as they deceive and backstab each other like professional criminals. What??? Who ARE these people? Bad soap opera scheming and bed-hopping follows. Meanwhile, the drug lord sends out none other than an evil beauty with a gun and an accent to knock off the people who stole his cocaine. Man, this girl was like comic relief—a caricature of the very caricature she was portraying.
The intrigue was ridiculously farfetched all the way through, but I have to admit, I was mildly entertained by the denouement, when all those involved (and still alive) come face to face. I just couldn't wait to find out who would get the coke in the end. And there was also a surprise twist I didn't see coming (mostly because I didn't spend any time thinking about the movie's plot up to that point). If you must know what the twist is, trust that I've given you all you need to know about the first hour and ten minutes, so just go watch the last 20 minutes.