Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Driver (1978) Hollywood

The movie talks less but shows more.

Action | Crime | Thriller

"He's the best getaway man in the business... and the deadliest."
"To break the driver... the cop was willing to break the law."
"He'll get you away faster than anything else on wheels."
"A game... A challenge... A chase to the death!."

The story opens with a robbery in a casino and soon after the car chase begins between cops and the robbers. It reminds us like the game we played 'nfs most wanted' which was long lost for around 15 minutes. As it was a 70s movie those car stunts were stunning. As like the beginning 15 minutes last 15 minutes too had similar car stunts, so it opens and ends like a bang!

There's an arrogant cop who challenges the driver to catch him red hand in next robbery. So the story turns from robbery concept to a game... a challenge... a chase to the death between the driver and the detective. Now its between them and other characters surrounded them.

The weirdest was the movie characters had no names, the wheelman is called 'the driver', the cop is called 'the detective', money launderer is called 'the player' and one who help from outside is called 'the connection'. Sorta it was referred like saying in the background voice to a narrate the tale.

The movie looked fine to me but thought it should have been little more better. Well written script except 'the detectives' portion. As he was a tough he should have got more or equal scope to 'the driver' and that is where the movie was a bit held back. Other than that it was a quite awesome movie like the Ryan Gosling movie 'Drive'. After 38 years later still those car stunts were breathtaking compared to today's stunts which strongly depend on CGI.

Quite nicely created characters, the detective role was kinda diversion to what happens within the robbers. So it was a good movie to be watched once. Like I said those two car chases were mind blowing, particularly those two makes us worth for a watch without any regrets especially if you are a fan of those stuffs. Definitely this movie deserves to be remade with a couple of changes to suit present era.

Similar movies:
Drive, Faster, Transporter, Hit and Run

Suitable for:
Tween, Teen, Adult, All

Final verdict:
Ignore, Bad, Average, Good, Excellent

The Driver (1978) on IMDb

  • Tween: From age between 7 to 12
  • Teen: From age between 13 to 19
  • Adult: From age above 20
  • Ignore: Not worth watching
  • Bad: Not good but watchable
  • Average: 50-50, choice is always yours
  • Good: great certainly not masterpiece
  • Excellent: A must see, Masterpiece

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