Hey, maybe I missed something about this – I mean, it got absolutely hammered by the critics, but I liked it! Good, mindless entertainment, fast, violent, smart, and exceptionally well directed.
Dwayne Johnson, who used to be The Rock, or possibly vice versa, plays Driver, a driver, who gets out of prison after ten years and immediately sets out to avenge the murder of his brother. Billy Bob Thornton is the drug-addicted cop who has to stop him. And Carla Gugino is miscast as another cop, only cute… in fact, a whole lot cuter than most cops.
What sets this apart is the storytelling style, condensed to the point of shorthand while retaining a sort of hardboiled plausibility and cool. In fact, the title must refer to the directing because otherwise it means nothing! Anyway, a really, really good job by director George Tillman Jr., who previously directed Men of Honor, a stirring but standard military biopic. I thought this film showed genuine intelligence and originality.
Maybe the critics know something I don’t, but with a glass of scotch and a crime film like this on DVD, I’m a happy guy. And I’m kidding about the critics. They don’t know jack.