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Thursday, 15 October 2015

The Driver (1978)

Specifically a driver of a getaway vehicle who hires himself out for jobs, but only if he thinks you’re professional enough to meet his exacting standards. His code has kept him safe for years; he's never been caught. On the opposite side of the law is a Los Angeles detective that wants to change all that.
Keeping the main protagonist (Ryan O'Neal) as an unnamed, rarely speaking, mystery figure works in the film's favour. In that respect it borrows some of its tricks from Melville's Le Samouraï (1967), and consequently will likely appeal to a similar audience. In turn, it has itself been influential to modern film-makers and to at least one video game developer.

3½ player streaks out of 5

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