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Big Driver DVD Review

Big Driver DVD

“Big Driver” is a solid TV movie.

Based on the Stephen King story of the same name from the “Full Dark, No Stars” book, “Big Driver” is a Lifetime TV movie that centers on a fictional author (Tess Thorne). The story begins with Tess attending a public event in a small town. Before departing said event, Tess is recommended to take a shortcut back home. As she does so, her car winds up getting a flat tire in the middle of nowhere. The titular big driver stops to help, but this man is by no means a friendly citizen. The scumbag driver assaults and rapes Tess and leaves her for dead in a drain pipe (where other dead bodies lie). Miraculously, Tess survives, but she is physically and mentally scarred and is afraid to let anyone know what happened. Deciding to take matters into her own hands, Tess vows to get revenge against those who are responsible for these heinous crimes.

Over the past several decades, there have been a lot of poor TV adaptations of Stephen King’s works, but thankfully, “Big Driver” turns out to be one of the better ones as of late. Yes, the female empowerment revenge fantasy story isn’t exactly new material, but it’s just refreshing to see a female anchored story (which sadly isn’t all that common these days). More than that, however, it’s nice to see a complex female character. Without spoiling too much, the character of Tess is more than just a victim seeking revenge. The psychological aspect of this character proves to be particularly fascinating.

On the subject of the main character, the criminally underutilized actress Maria Bello goes all out here as Tess Thorne. Whether she’s going through hell, losing her mind, talking to imaginary characters, or acting solo, Bello gives a truly stunning and layered performance that carries the entire film. Her co-stars Joan Jett, Olympia Dukakis, and Ann Dowd (of “Compliance” fame) all give fine supporting performances as well.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? The atmospheric cinematography by Steve Cosens is first rate even in standard definition.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? The music and dialogue are crisp and clear.

The only extras are Lionsgate trailers and a Digital HD copy.

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February 1, 2015 - Posted by | DVD review | , , ,

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