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|Production country:||Frankreich 2017|
|Running time:||Ca. 96 Min|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
The brothers Andrew (Scott Eastwood) and Garrett (Freddie Throp) are master car thieves. There's hardly an expensive sleigh safe from them. Their speciality are exclusive collector's items, which bring a lot of money. But when they steal from the gangster Jacomo Morier (Simon Abkarian), they seem to have gotten into a fight with the wrong guy. The unscrupulous Morier grabs the brothers and gives them an ultimatum: If they want to get out of the matter alive, they must steal Morier's arch-enemy Max Klemp (Clemens Schick) a particularly valuable car. An almost hopeless situation, as Klemp kept the car safe with a sophisticated security system. But the brothers also have a plan for such a situation - now they only need the right team…
"Overdrive" is not the first attempt to get a piece of the "Fast & Furious" success cake. However, it's the first movie that at least had the potential to do that. After all, the scriptwriters have already written the second part of the PS franchise and leading actor Scott Eastwood belonged to the ensemble of the latest part of the blockbuster series. With Pierre Morel ("Transporter") a producer was also found who has a knack for solid action food. But is all that enough to play in a league with the "Fast & Furious" movies? The answer is very clear: NO!
Admittedly, the cars are really wonderful. And also the scenery of the French Riviera flatters the eye, which can also be said of most of the actors. But that was it. The story is okay in its core, is only told absolutely amateurishly. The dialogues are ridiculous - only not when they want to be funny and cool -, the characters are almost cartoon clichés and the action is neither almost nor furious. Granted, there are some quite entertaining moments. But these are so rare that they are almost completely lost.
"Overdrive" is the kind of B-movie that was dusty in video stores in the 80s and 90s. Just a little more polished and pimped out. This conceals a bit, but in the end it can't hide the fact that this is just a cheap clone of a franchise, which anyway isn't known for its depth of content. With a little more courage for self-irony, some more interesting characters and a little faster action the whole thing could have become at least fun and entertaining trash. But that's only how an involuntarily funny cucumber came out which, despite its beautiful appearance, is ready for the scrap press after only a few minutes. If a movie makes the dialogues from the "Fast & Furious" movies seem almost Oscar-like, then you know that something really went wrong here. Therefore: Only for really hardcore fans of beautiful cars still worth seeing!
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