The Driver

The Driver

DVD - 2005
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A man who drives getaway cars for bank robbers is chased by a policeman obsessed with catching him.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century-Fox/ EMI Films, c2005
Branch Call Number: DVD F Dri

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Jsmackenator
Nov 26, 2016

The only reason I didn't give this one star is that the car chase scenes are so good. They are all filmed well and the lighting is good. You can't say the same for the rest of the film. It's like the director really knew what he wanted to do for the driving scenes then handed the rest of the movie off to the second unit director who just phoned it in. It was a struggle to watch the "movie" parts of this film. I would love an edited version with just the chase scenes.

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Derringer
Jun 30, 2015

Vroom! Vroom!.... With the exception of 2 very good car-chase scenes (one at the beginning and one at the end), The Driver, pretty much, sucked.

For me, this was clearly one of those movies where I swear that they were making its story up as they went along.

Its badly-conceived situations and its unintentionally laughable dialogue left me believing that story coherency wasn't a real concern for its producers since they believed that with the apparent combined star-power of Ryan O'Neal, Isabelle Adjani, and Bruce Dern in their precious, little picture the ever-gullible audience would accept just about any sort of half-ass nonsense (insensitively tossed their way).

What also lost The Driver some significant points was the downright awful and completely unconvincing performance of the rat-faced, frizzy-haired Bruce Dern as "The Detective". Dern's presence, literally, made my skin crawl. He was clearly miscast for his part as the "concerned" and conscientious cop.

In conclusion - To say that The Driver was very much a product of its time (the 1970s) would truly be an understatement.

voisjoe1 Jan 10, 2013

“The Driver,” a 1978 crime thriller starring Ryan O’Neal (as The Driver), Bruce Dern and Isabelle Adjani has some similarities to “Drive,” the 2011 film starring Ryan Gosling as Driver. Both films start out showing a driver who uses his excellent driving skills to make a decent wage, often as a contract driver for criminals sticking up a bank or criminals in some other enterprise that need an excellent getaway driver. If you are willing to go with the flow, The Driver and Driver will each give you a good ride for your money in these very fine movies.

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