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The experience is like watching an unprepared teenager fake his way through different classes at once: briefly fascinating, mostly idiotic.
It's no fresher than its title - a long chase movie with Cusack as master thief and Thomas Jane as his reluctant accomplice.
You know there's something fundamentally wrong with Drive Hard less than five seconds in: It opens on a shot of star Thomas Jane sporting an absurd mop of a hairdo that might have been borrowed from a Raggedy Ann doll.
Does a lot of revving in order to juice its jokey, violent bad-boy cred, but it never gets out of the driveway.
Approximately as unforgettable as its title ...
Normally, I would have no objection to being trapped in a car with John Cusack, but that was before I saw "Drive Hard."
Very disappointing potboiler that runs out of gas far too quickly.
Delivers a goodly amount of good natured action fun but in the end suffers from being just too low-key for its own good.
"Drive Hard" is just a bore, barely registering as a movie, which is a shame, because with the oddball cast and somewhat notable director, it could have been fun and trashy.
A deeply terrible would-be action comedy that looks, sounds, and feels like an 80s cheap and cheesy made-for-cable movie.
Sputtering on fumes almost from the start, it captures a well-earned checkered flag as one of the worst films of 2014.
Feels like the work of a computer program that analyzed dozens of popular movies in different genres, then self-generated a screenplay that tried to incorporate elements from all of them.
Jesus this is so bad.
John Cusack and Thomas Jane kick the tires and light the fires in the chase film Drive Hard. The story follows a former race car driver turned driving instructor who's tricked into being a wheel-man when his student robs a mob bank. Unfortunately the performances aren't very good; especially Jane, who's down right awful. But the writing is rather poor too, with stereotypical characters and unfocused storytelling. A trite and unoriginal action film, Drive Hard is a lazy piece of filmmaking.
Drive Hard is a film that had an interesting concept for a film, one that was quite great to be honest. This is a film that should really have been something great, but as a whole, does it standout? Not really. The film starts off fine, but it quickly runs out of effective ideas to really make it standout. This had the potential of being a great action film, but something was missing to really make it a worthwhile film to watch. I really wanted to enjoy the film, unfortunately, it was underwhelming and mediocre. The film wasn't awful, but it lacked anything to really grab your attention. Drive Hard could have been a fine low budget action film, unfortunately, it never becomes anything memorable or entertaining for that matter. If the script would have been better thought out, and polished up a bit, then maybe this film would have been something great, as it is, it's a pretty dull affair, and it's a shame because the film had a very good premise, unfortunately the execution was sloppy, and it ended up being a bland film that simply didn't deliver. Drive Hard should have been better, but it quickly goes all over the place, and tries far too hard at being a well executed action, which it's not, and it loses track of what it tries to do by compressing too much into a short run time, add to that plenty of genre clichés, and you have a film that is not that interesting. This could have worked very well if the script would have been reworked, instead it ends up being a mediocre film that tries to be far too ambitious than it is. A forgettable film that isn't worth revisiting again.
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