Drive Hard is a straight-to-video action/comedy, starring John Cusack and Thomas Jane. I didn’t expect much from it, but as it turns out, it was actually quite entertaining. I’m not saying that this is some sort of Triple-A title. It’s very much what you think it is, with both lead actors teetering somewhere between playing themselves, and phoning it in for a paycheck, but it’s funny enough that if you see it somewhere on the cheap, there are worse home video purchases you could make. The story follows Peter, a former NASCAR racer, who has settled down with a wife and child in Australian suburban hell. Peter gives driving lessons for a career now, so when Simon(Cusack) shows up, he assumes that will be the extent of his day. As it turns out, Simon knows very well who Peter is, and has picked him for a reason. See Simon is on a quest for revenge, which involves stealing 9 million dollars in bearer bonds from a corrupt “bank” and he has chosen Peter as his unwilling getaway driver.
From the press release:
Drive Hard centers on a former race car DRIVER turned driver’s training instructor (Jane) who is abducted by a mysterious thief (Cusack) and forced to be the wheelman for a crime that puts both in the sights of the cops and the mob and leads them all on a chase across Australia’s Gold Coast.
IMAGE Entertainment’s Blu-ray release of the film is in-line with most of their catalog. The picture quality is excellent, because this is a new release film, and the audio is as good as one could hope for. There are zero extras on the disc, which is an unfortunate trend for not only IMAGE, but many major distributors of new release films. It’s something that most of us have gotten used to by now, but it still shocks me when I get a new Blu-ray from IMAGE, FOX, Universal, etc, and it doesn’t even have a quick featurette, or even the theatrical trailer. It is what it is, though, so it’s really just a nitpick at this point. I would have liked to have seen some behind-the-scenes stunt footage, or at least a gag reel for the Cusack/Jane outtakes, but as it stands, it’s still a recommendable Blu-ray release, if for no reason other than 90+ minutes of mindless entertainment with HD video and audio. Titles like this usually drop in price fairly quick on amazon, and at brick-and-mortar stores, so if you’re burned out on horror from your October marathons, take a break with some goofiness from two acting veterans. Drive Hard is now available on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital VOD from IMAGE Entertainment.