In the land of Australia, the place down under (I heard that in a song), the Gold Coast, the place where people drive on the wrong side of the road: a driving instructor (former racing driver) one day gets a new kind of client. They stop for a drink. They stop at the bank... so the client can pay him, of course. Right? Well actually, he robs the bank.
Prepare for car chases, expert bullet dodging - even shotguns at close range, and one long ride that eventually... leads somewhere. There was this one moment in the movie where I was thinking that maybe if I watched this movie with other people, just maybe, I'd consider it boring. It seems to move at a slow pace compared to the Hollywood blockbusters I'm used to, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. There's time for thought, time for dialog, time to see the car plow through a puddle or surf through a curve. And though that laid-back pace might sound discouraging, the driving parts aren't bad at all: they feel real. The sceneries aren't bad: they look good, and the actors aren't bad either! John Cusack plays the bad guy, Thomas Jane the good guy, and mostly everyone else is Australian. The action's sudden and sometimes surprisingly violent.
It's a road trip! And though there's an underlying plot about justice and vengeance and things like that, it's really more about relations and family. I wonder if Drive Hard is a pun on Die Hard? It doesn't really stand a chance against that, and it wasn't as gritty as the name implies, but it was good!
rated 4/5: fo shizzle