Fast cars, hot bods, and killer stunts aren’t the only ingredients for a great movie. Overdrive is the latest proof of that.
Overdrive (2017 Film) Synopsis
Half-brothers Andrew and Garrett specialise in the theft of exotic cars. Their latest caper goes awry when the Bugatti they steal turns out to belong to Jacomo Morier, a ruthless Marseille crime lord. In the face of death, the brothers tries to appease Morier by offering to stage a heist for him. The target would be a priceless Ferrari 250 GTO. More importantly, it is the prized possession of Morier’s arch-rival in crime, Max Klemp.
Overdrive is a Fast & Furious copy. The movie itself is more than happy to acknowledge this by reminding in all promotional materials that Michael Brandt and Derek Haas wrote the story; Brandt and Haas, of course, the writers for 2003’s 2 Fast 2 Furious. Lead Scott Eastwood was also recently in a supporting role in The Fate of the Furious. The first time I saw the poster, I briefly thought Overdrive was a F&F spin-off.
Many winning ingredients from the F&F franchise are here. Hot bods, exotic locations, high-speed chases, etc. Beneath it all is also an elaborate heist, one that is reasonably intelligent with its end twist. What’s sorely lacking, on the other hand, is the character charisma necessary for such a story. You know, the charm and witty dialogues necessary for viewers to suspend belief and just gulp down fiery action delivered every other scene. Eastwood does try hard, but he uniformly comes across as being stale i.e. flat and boring. Co-lead Freddie Thorp does a better job at being the chatty, excitable half-brother, but unfortunately, his role itself lacks the substance to enliven the entire story. Meanwhile, the rest of the cast are singularly sexy, passionate, or villainous. They do a decent job overall, I’d say. But sadly, none are impressive enough to be any remedy for Overdrive’s blandness.
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