review by Bobby Blakey
Thanks to the success of the Fast and Furious franchise there is no shortage of car themed flicks these days. The latest, Overdrive stars Scott Eastwood, Ana de Armas, and Freddi Thorp, but does it offer anything new that stands out or will it run out of gas before it gets started?
Overdrive follows two car thief brothers, Andrew and Garrett Foster who specialize in luxury cars. They've been hired to steal a gorgeous Bugatti 1937 valued million euros, so they head to the south of France for the job. But they get caught, and Jacomo Morier, the local crime boss who owns the Bugatti, doesn't take it lightly. In exchange for their lives the two brothers will have to steal a car from Max Klemp, Morier's arch-rival, and not any car, Morier wants them to steal Klemp's 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, his most prized car. Everytime I go into one of these movies I keep my expectations low because sadly more often than not they fall pretty flat. This one isn’t much different other than it does have a bigger feel to it than most. The international setting helps and it clearly had a bigger budget to help with the big action sequences which is where it shines the most. There isn’t anything here that you haven’t seen before, but it has some cool action moments similar to the Fast and Furious franchise.
The performances are fine and it is so strange at times watching Scott Eastwood who is the spitting image of his dad Clint Eastwood on almost every level. The story is slow and predictable making this one of those film that isn’t bad so much as it just lacks anything original enough to standout. Decide for yourself and check out Overdrive available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment.