Drive Hard 2014

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(12) IMDb 4.4/10
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A former race car driver is abducted by a mysterious thief and forced to be the wheel-man for a crime that puts them both in the sights of the cops and the mob.

Starring:
John Cusack
Runtime:
1 hour 35 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

Drive Hard

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure
Director Brian Trenchard-Smith
Starring John Cusack
Studio Signature Entertainment Ltd
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Former racing-ace 'Peter Roberts' lives with his family, his young daughter
attends a private and very expensive private school.
The only driving he does these days.....a part-time job as a driving instructor,
which doesn't pay that well, although his wife works, they struggle to make
ends meet.
Arriving for work, 'Peter' has a 9.am appointment, 'Simon Keller' has researched
the former 'racer' and had asked for his services specifically.
'Simon' hasn't anything to learn in driving terms, however he does need a skilled
driver such as 'Peter' to avoid the law.
Part way through what is turning out to be an unusual lesson, 'Simon' asks to
stop off at the bank, and tells 'Peter' he'll only be 5 minutes.
'Simon' has just robbed the bank, 'Peter' becomes an accomplice seemingly, the
pair are now being chased and shot at.
How is 'Peter' going to explain this away to his wife, the law and his daughter,
he's being forced at gunpoint to do what he does best ....drive.
They switch cars, dumping the driving-school vehicle for a high-powered motor that
'Simon' had in waiting.
They head toward the Australian Gold Coast pursued by a accomplices hired thug
along with many cops........sadly, a high-speed, stunt-filled chase never quite
kicks-off as you would of expected from this type of movie.
Some violent scenes along the way.....if yer' still awake to witness them.
This is a low-budget offering .....less than convincing......often a little silly,
occasionally amusing perhaps... don't waste your money.
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By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
Peter Roberts (Thomas Jane) is a former US race car driver living in Queensland, the other Sunshine State. He is a part time driving school instructor with a failing marriage. An entertaining Simon Keller (John Cusack) employs Roberts to be his instructor...and park here while I rob this bank. Roberts becomes the unwilling, unlikely get away driver as Keller makes off with nine million in bonds. He explains why in this very linear plot.

The banking institute he robbed are likewise criminals who double crossed him. They send out hitmen. Meanwhile the feds led by an unconvincing, unbuttoned blouse Zoe Ventoura are in pursuit as our robbers make their way across Australia in a couple of different muscle machines.

About half of the film takes place in a car, not as bad as "Vehicle 19" but noticeable. Some of the scenery rolling by in the background looks like 1950's special effects. The driving scenes were not impressive and certainly misrepresenting the title. This is a low action, light comedy crime film. Cusack does a good job delivering his one liners and along with a few brief scenes by the daughter excited by the fact her dad is a bank robber, provide the only reasons to watch this film.

Mildly entertaining as long as you are not expecting a heavy action film.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. C. Chelton on 23 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
very good car chase in top settings loved it
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Mason on 27 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
This is an Australian movie, even though the two stars are American actors. Thomas Jane plays a retired racing driver named Peter, who works as a driving instructor. John Cusack plays an armed safe cracker and bank robber named Simon. Simon hires Peter as his driving instructor, and in the middle of their first lesson, he robs a bank of $9 million. He coerces Peter at gunpoint to be his getaway driver, and the armed police and the bank's own security team are soon in hot pursuit. It transpires that the bank is owned by a team of master criminals, who had previously ripped off Simon in a diamond heist, and which is why he has chosen to target that particular bank. What follows then is basically an extended car chase, very much in the style of the Smokey and the Bandit movies, which takes place along the Gold Coast of Australia (parts of the film are almost like a tourist advert for Australia). Simon offers Peter a $3 million share of the loot, to encourage him to help them escape their pursuers, and Peter goes along with this. The main difficulty with the film, is that it can't decide if it should be a comedy or a serious drama, and it doesn't really achieve either. The two lead actors play their roles tongue in cheek and exchange buddy buddy banter, in the style of the Bad Boys movies, but the Australian support cast play their roles straight, like an episode of Prime Suspect. This is a pity. If Peter's kidnapping was treated more seriously, the film would have worked better as a serious drama. Conversely, if the support cast had played their roles in a comedic fashion (think Sheriff Buford T Justice in the Smokey films), the film would have worked better as an outright comedy. John Cusack is a charismatic and gifted actor, but even he can't lift this film above the mediocre. If you can pick up this DVD for under a fiver, it is worth a punt, but I don't think you should spend more than that on this particular film.
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Format: Blu-ray
Poor script and poor acting. I'm sure John Cusack just picked up his cheque for this one. A dire attempt at a well trodden path of ex driver films. Show the Aussies should stick to Mad Max films.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By WILL on 30 May 2014
Format: DVD
First of all this is not a serious film as the misleading cover would have you believe. This film is no fast and furious or anything like that but there are some car chase moments if thats your thing but not the best in the world. The story as such is based around Cusacks character commiting a robbery and forcing Janes character to be the getaway driver. John Cusack is fine in his part but even he cant work miracles with this kind of dodgy script and why he even took the role is beyond me. As for Thomas Jane well lets just say his acting in this film would sit very nicely between two pieces of bread a real low point in his career without a doubt. The film is set in australia which will also come as a surprise to you im sure as the leading men are american stars. On one last note the australian actors are quite bad especially the young girl who plays Cusacks daughter the only role suitable for her would be pinnochio.
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