Overdrive (2017)

  • Time: 96 min
  • Genre: Action | Thriller
  • Director: Antonio Negret
  • Cast: Scott Eastwood, Ana de Armas, Gaia Weiss


The story centers on two car thieves, brothers, who journey to the south of France for new opportunities and wind up in the cross hairs of the local crime boss. Andrew and Garrett Foster (Scott Eastwood and Freddie Thorp) are thieves who specialize in luxury cars, only the most expensive 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 (Simon Abkarian), 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 (Clemens Schick), Morier’s arch-rival, and not any car, Morier wants them to steal Klemp’s 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, his most prized car.


  • Fast cars, a sexy cast and European locations – could it be another Fast and Furious film? No, it’s Overdrive and its standard plotting and ho-hum high-octane action sequences demonstrate why the immensely profitable Fast and Furious franchise is the Rolls Royce of this particular genre. It may not seem like it, but it takes quite a bit of knowhow to package such B-fare into a slick and satisfying joyride and, though Overdrive boasts the writers of 2 Fast 2 Furious and the producer of Taken, its glossiness can’t disguise the fact that this is a beyond borderline idiotic and adrenaline-drained actioner.

    On the plus side, director Antonio Negret was smart enough to cast Ana de Armas, the Cuban actress whose star has been rising in Hollywood with appearances in War Dogs and the highly anticipated Blade Runner 2049. She is brimming with charisma and is so immensely watchable even though the film itself isn’t worthy of her. She plays Stephanie, love interest to Scott Eastwood’s Andrew who, along with British half-brother Garrett (Freddie Thorp), steals highly valuable classic cars for a living. Their latest job lands them in hot water with French crime lord Morier (Simon Abkarian), who doesn’t appreciate his newly acquired 1937 Bugatti Type 57 being swiped especially after he’s just forked over $41 million for it at auction.

    To save their lives, the brothers come up with a preposterous proposal for Morier. If he lets them live, then they’ll steal a priceless 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO from Max Klemp (Clemens Schick), Morier’s German rival who doesn’t exactly have the cuddliest of natures. When Morier accepts their deal, Andrew tells Garrett that this will be his last job; he wants to settle down with Stephanie who, by the way, is more than eager to get in on the car-thieving action. Garrett, meanwhile, doesn’t think they should stop in their prime but at least finds some distraction with ace pickpocket Devin (Gaia Weiss) as he and Andrew round up a crew of barely qualified minions to help with the heist.

    What ensues is pure convoluted tripe. Overdrive ticks all the boxes and does what it needs to do, and yet it feels like it barely does anything. The same goes for Eastwood, who has yet to show anything else in his repertoire other than cocky jerk. At least he’s not as instantly forgettable as Thorp, who delivers a master class in vapidity. As for the alleged action sequences, they are dull and enervating, making Overdrive one of the most unexciting action films in recent memory.

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  • Earlier this year, Scott Eastwood was in one of The Fast and the Furious flicks (The Fate of the Furious). He now appears in Overdrive (my latest review). Bottom line: Overdrive is strangely akin to a straight-to-video version of The Fast and the Furious.

    So OK, it’s crazy. When you see Scott Eastwood on screen, you’d swear it was his legendary dad circa 1960. In Overdrive, Scott dodges bullets, smirks, bungee jumps off a bridge, and drives intimidating Ferrari automobiles.

    Anyway, the opening sequence in Overdrive involves a heist of a car that’s tucked in the back of a semi-trailer truck. Said sequence is so outlandish and overwrought, it almost disregards the notion of basic physics. Heck, you wonder if someone got severely injured or even killed during filming.

    The story of Overdrive incorporates two half brothers named Garret and Andrew Foster (played by Eastwood and Freddie Thorp). They steal top-end cars internationally and then flip them for major profit. When the Foster boys pilfer a Bugatti from an unrevealed, nasty crime boss, all chaos ensues with at least three groups of villains included (I stopped trying to identify all of Overdrive’s antagonists within the first half hour).

    Overdrive, with its galloped car chases, its slick cars and its even slicker locales (be on the lookout for lots of aerial shots via the country of France), is dangerous and invariably intriguing. It’s also far from uneventful and certainly doesn’t shy away from violence (I was surprised by the restrained, PG-13 rating).

    Most scenes in Overdrive are of the double-crossing, smash mouth, and slam-bang variety. At times, the pic looks like it cost a lot of money to make. There are stunts that defy logic, hot babes, far-fetched criminality scenarios, and characters that constantly get themselves in and out of trouble.

    Yeah Overdrive could probably qualify as a decent companion to a Fast and the Furious endeavor or even 2000’s Gone in 60 Seconds. Just watch for a hike down in the acting department and a hike up in the cheesiness factor. Rating: 2 and a half stars.

    Rating: 2.5 out of 4 stars

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