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Drive Hard Blu-ray Review

Drive Hard Blu-ray

John Cusack and Thomas Jane deserve better than “Drive Hard.”

In this John Cusack and Thomas Jane vehicle (which looks and feels like a made for home video movie), the plot revolves around a former racecar driver/father/husband (Peter Roberts) who is hard up for money. In order to pay the bills, he works as a driving instructor even though he clearly yearns to return to racing. One day, he teaches a man (Simon Keller) who seems to know everything about him. As it turns out, Simon is a thief who ropes/hires Peter into being an unwilling accomplice to robbing a bank/crime syndicate. After Peter’s initial fury and fear, Simon reveals that he can offer him 3 million for his driving services AND make it seem like he was kidnapped so that he can get off scot-free. Unfortunately, as Peter drives Simon to an unknown destination, their lives are in serious jeopardy as cops and “bank assassins” are hot on their trail.

“Drive Hard” (not to be confused with “Drive Angry”) is clearly trying to capitalize on the “Fast and Furious” franchise, but I doubt many will be clamoring for a sequel of this movie. One would think that car chases and stars John Cusack and Thomas Jane would be enough to make the movie worth watching, but that’s simply not the case. Not only are the action scenes woefully unexciting (and sometimes quite slow), but Cusack and Jane are given very little to work with. On top of that, the middle act is entirely uneventful. The characters merely bicker and wait around for the climax where everything will eventually come together. Now, the character banter wouldn’t be such a bad thing if the actors were given clever and funny dialogue, but they aren’t. Instead, they have to spout embarrassingly forced banter and engage in childish name calling or act in unfunny scenes (such as when an old lady is trying to make a citizen’s arrest).


Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? While the transfer is far from perfect, the Australian locals do look nice in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A bit soft for an action film.

The only extras are Image Entertainment trailers and a DVD copy.

Overall Thoughts: If there was ever a paycheck movie for Cusack or Jane, “Drive Hard” is mostly certainly it. Skip it.

November 9, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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