Friday, June 19, 2015

DVD Review: The Driver

Called “irresistibly harrowing, sharply written, and wonderfully sustained three hours” (The Wall Street Journal) and “excellent… Every frame grabbed the attention...Morrissey is a powerful actor.(The Guardian), THE DRIVER stars David Morrissey as Vince McKee, a middle-aged nobody who regrettably accepts an offer to drive a taxi for a criminal gang in order to escape his turbulent home life. This action-packed, character driven drama also stars Ian Hart (The Bridge, Harry Potter) as McKee’s fresh-out-of-prison friend, Colin, and Colm Meaney (Star Trek TV series) as the ruthless gangster boss, the Horse. Shot on location in Manchester, The Driver is a white-knuckle ride fueled by Morrissey’s gritty performance and a taut script from BAFTA and International Emmy winning screenwriter Danny Brocklehurst (Accused, Shameless).

My Thoughts

The Driver is a mini series about a taxi driver looking for excitement. He takes on a new job as a driver for a crime gang. There are three episodes that make for a great story of  a man living on the edge.

Episode One - Vince's ex-con friend Colin introduces him to a gangster boss whose looking for a driver. He thinks he might be more exciting and more lucrative than his taxi job.  We also get a peek into his personal life and see he's on the outs with his wife and daughter, and his son has run away.

 Episode 2 - Danger catches up with Vince and Colin and they find themselves in a precarious situation. 

 Episode 3 - The cops close in on Vince during a burglary and his family could get caught in the crossfire.

This was a really great show, with a suburb cast and a great storyline. It's three hours long and those hours fly by If you'd like to grab a copy of this faced passed mini-series, it's available online at Acorn Media and Amazon.