Drive Hard (2014) Movie Review By Darrin Gauthier

Drive Hard

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Writers: Chad Law, Evan Law
Stars: John Cusack, Thomas Jane, Zoe Ventoura

Plot:  A former race car driver is abducted by a mysterious thief and forced to be the wheel-man for a crime that puts them both in the sights of the cops and the mob.

Running Time: 92 Minutes

IMDB Score: 4.3

Why I Watched It: Jane+Cusack, fan of both actors.

Random Thoughts: So this was a made for DVD and it took me awhile to find it but it showed up on Amazon Prime and I finally got to see it. John Cusack and Thomas Jane are kind of at the same spot of their careers but go about it differently.  John Cusack is living in DVD hell, he’s just sleep watching he’s cashing in on his name with throw away roles not invested now Thomas Jane has always had a good genre run and his made for DVD or streaming movies have been decent and he’s always pretty good. Now you throw in Australian director Brian Trenchard-Smith and you have a triple threat for a cool B-Movie.

What I Liked: Only reason to watch this movie is for Thomas Jane and John Cusack, they have real good chemistry and they turn this into a kind of buddy crime movie. There is a lot of improve and there’s a couple of times you can tell Jane is laughing and true to form you can tell Cusack is just doing what he wants he’s getting threw it and Jane is trying and he does have a kind of arc and he does do a lot of the heavy lifting acting wise.

I’ve said it before I have no idea why Thomas Jane isn’t a bigger name, sure he works and he works a lot and yes mostly genre roles and I think the reason is he’s very good, genre isn’t easy and here even though it’s an action and not horror he invests himself. Now other then the two main actors and maybe the Australian scenery there’s not much else to like but I will say it’s an easy watch and it’s fun in a silly very slight way.  There’s a couple of moments that are funny and like I said Jane and Cusack work very well together.

What I Didn’t Like: This is a very sloppy movie, not a lot of effort went into this.  The plot is cliches 101 and the action scenes are dull for the most part.  I called it slight and it might be an insult to slight, the idea is fun and it does sent up a good action movie but the film goes through the motions.  We have standard bad guys, a few of them, we have a nagging wife and we have a caper bank heist thrown in and it all goes the way you would think.  The direction is kind of workmanlike but I would say lazy is a better word for it.  The script is the real dud here it’s boring and like I said a lot of the scenes between Cusack and Jane feel very improvised and at times in a bad way like there was no structure and it does hurt the film.

This might seem like a dumb thing to say but a script is important and too many times we get an idea and actors but no script of note and that’s too bad cause a script is like a map and you can see it in this film lack of the script makes this film seem lost a lot of the time.

Final Thoughts: I didn’t mind it but it’s not a great film and it does drag but if you’re fans of Jane and or Cusack you could do worse.

Rating: 5/10

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