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Baby Driver

Tristar Pictures, Working Title, Big Talk Productions, Double Negative and Media Rights Capital present an R rated, 113 minute, Action, Music, Crime film directed and written by Edgar Wright with a theater release date of June 28, 2017.

 

Sitting outside the First Bank of Atlanta is Baby (Ansel Elgort) the getaway driver for a bank robbery taking place by Griff (Jon Bernthal), Buddy (Jon Hamm) and Darling (Eiza Gonzalez). Employed by Doc (Kevin Spacey) Baby is a young man that loves to drive fast while listening to music and quite honestly is the best of the best. Since his mother (Sky Ferreira) and father (Lance Palmer) where killed in a car accident when he was young (Hudson Meek) Baby has since been living with his deaf foster father Joseph (CJ Jones) who knows what Baby is up to and does not like it.

Baby owes Doc at least one more heist in order to pay off some debt that he owes him so the next robbery Doc brings in a new threesome Eddie (Flea), JD (Lanny Joon) and a very loose cannon Bats (Jamie Foxx). Bats is not exactly the trusting type of guy and seems to find fault in most human beings. When this job doesn’t go quite as perfect as the other Baby is once again left to drive everyone out of harm’s way even though they are the ones that created the harm by robbing a bank.

Baby’s mom used to work at Bo’s Diner so Baby would stop in there often to eat but one day was different this day he met the love of his life, Debora (Lily James), who helped to give him a sense of normal. Nothing was normal in his life but he hoped one day to drive far away with the woman he now loves. One problem, Doc is not quite finished with Baby since he needs him to help rob a post office with the help of Bats, Darling and Buddy. Against his will but for the safety of the people he loves Baby agrees to this job. Things don’t go quite as planned since Baby let his emotions get in the way, ending what could have been their biggest take yet. In the end, a long drive listening to his mom sing, ‘Easy as Sunday Morning’, life for Baby and his life of crime has finally come to an end.

Wright does a superb job directing and writing this film. It is smart, musical, action packed with some twists and turns you may not expect. A great soundtrack with some off the wall real car, no CGI, chase scenes makes this film perfection for the most part. Trust me I don’t think you’ll be disappointed since it contains numerous emotions to be felt from start to finish.

Elgort totally controls the direction of this story and does it fantastically. Surrounded by a great cast Bernthal, a bit scary, Hamm, tough with a soft side, Gonzalez, cute but demanding, Flea, odd man out, Joon, the idiot, and Foxx, pure genius this cast is exciting and fresh. As for Spacey he may not have the biggest role but he seems to pack the biggest power with control of the gang that works for him. James adds a bit of home girl, normal, sweet and attractive but looks can also be deceiving. Along with a big cast of extras and supporting actors this violent and criminal story will for sure satisfy the Baby Driver in you.

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