Action / Comedy / Crime
Action / Comedy / Crime
A former race car driver turned driver's training instructor (Jane) is abducted by a mysterious thief (Cusack) and forced to be the wheel-man for a crime that puts both in the sights of the cops and the mob and leads them all on a chase across Australia's Gold Coast.
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November 07, 2014 at 01:28 PM
The only good thing about this film was seeing so many locations that are within a few minutes drive of my home. The beaches to that country pub are all part of the Gold Coast experience. The really really bad film is thankfully NOT what we are known for, so please visit the Gold Coast.
An enjoyable mix of action and laughs
Peter Roberts is an American, former race car driver who is now working as a driving instructor in Australia's Gold Coast where he lives with his wife and daughter. His life is about to be turned upside down when fellow American Simon Keller turns up to take a lesson. Keller asks to stop at the bank on the way back to get money to pay for the lesson
Roberts is shocked when Keller runs back while being shot at; he has robbed the bank! It turns out it isn't an ordinary bank; he has taken nine million dollars in bearer bonds that were part of a money laundering scheme. Senior local police are in the pocket of the crooks and call off the police chase so soon Roberts and Keller find themselves being shot at by mercenaries armed with automatic weapons. They manage to switch cars and get away
although in Roberts's case he is only sticking with Keller because he is being threatened. As they travel north they run into various dangers before ultimately having to confront the villains who want their bonds back.
When I started watching this film I knew nothing about it but assumed it would be an action packed film full of car chases and explosions; while it does include both it is much a comedy as an action film. It starts fairly well; Keller's driving lesson was amusing and the following chase is fairly exciting. Roberts and Keller are fun characters even if the latter is a criminal he is somewhat sympathetic as the people he stole from are worse. They have a decent chemistry that develops over the course of the film
one can't expect real chemistry given the hostage/kidnapper relationship. Thomas Jane and John Cusack are solid in these roles. There are plenty of good laughs although some are rather dark
a man who tries to stop them accidentally shoots himself with very messy results! The subplot involving the corrupt police is somewhat superfluous; our protagonists don't even know corrupt cops are involved let alone meet them. Overall this might not be a classic but it is rather fun and the Australia setting makes a refreshing change from the US or Europe.
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Knockabout car chase comedy with an overacting Thomas Jane
DRIVE HARD is a low budget and quite tacky action comedy film made in Australia. The main draw for me lies in the presence of British director Brian Trenchard-Smith, the man responsible for such B-movie hits in his heyday as TURKEY SHOOT and THE MAN FROM HONG KONG. The likes of AZTEC TEX proves that he still has it in his power to entertain, although DRIVE HARD is one of his lesser works.
The film posits itself as a car chase move along the lines of GRAND THEFT AUTO or GONE IN 60 SECONDS. There's plenty of action to keep it moving along, but the over the top performance of Thomas Jane in particular is quite irritating. John Cusack is more reliable as the slightly sinister criminal of the piece, although it does feel like he's slumming it here. The main emphasis is on knockabout comedy but only a few scenes, like the bit where Jane is attacked by the crazy old lady, really work.