Home Video | Review by Dan Taylor
through the video shelves has actually become
more fun in recent months.
1998's crap, er, crop of blockbusters
did nothing to rejuvenate my interest in
the Hollywood machine, so I voted with my
dollars and stayed away. In fact, my theatre
going was relegated to the odd arthouse
flick, THERES SOMETHING ABOUT MARY,
and a drive-in twin bill. Other than that
its been strictly video.
While there are times what
looked good in the store stinks up your
whole house something fierce, you do get
the odd diamond in the rough, like DRIVE.
And believe me, the odds of a Kadeem Hardison-Mark
Dascascos buddy flick making me this happy
were pretty slim.
The setups pretty straightforward,
mixing elements of THE DEFIANT ONES, THE
CHASE, Jet Lei's BLACK
MASK and every Saturday afternoon fu-flick
into a satisfying, low-brain-power stew.
Dascascos who stars as Eric Draven
in the syndicated THE CROW is a Red
Army soldier with a bio-engineered chip
in his body that gives him unique bio-fu
skills, and a company in LA will pay a couple
mill for the implant. Hardison co-stars
as the pesky sidekick a songwriter
who lost his wife and kid to another guy,
and end up going along for the ride, and
a potential payday.
From that simple premise comes
90 minutes of old-school-kung-fu-flick wire
stunts (the end battle in a rocket-ship-themed
bar is a doozy), outrageous 1 vs. 15 fights
(proving that chainsaws do make great anti-handgun
devices), and a scene-stealing turn from
'King of the Hill's Brittany Murphy (whos
a dead ringer for Monica Lewinsky).
A highly-entertaining straight-to-video
entry that never wears out its welcome.