Baby (Ansel Elgort – Divergent) is caught stealing from a notorious crime boss, Doc (Kevin Spacey). He is forced into being a young getaway driver, and soon finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.
Doc is running a criminal crew, each with varied and sometimes conflicting personalities. He likes to change his crew each job, except for Baby, who has a debt to settle. Things soon change though, as one final job comes along, and the crew stumble. Hitting this heist with fellow crew Buddy (Jon Hamm – Minions), Darling (Eiza González), and Bats (Jamie Foxx – A Million Ways to Die in the West, The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Baby considers a great many life choices in the final moments before things kick-off, and with that, the entire heist goes bad, starting one huge, long-lasting, and action packed chase, shootout, and adventure. And let us not forget that there is a love interest, in the form of Debora (Lily James – Cinderella), and, and family to be protected in the form of Joseph (CJ Jones).
Baby Driver has a mix of action packed moments, a dose of humour, and a lot of scenes where one is listening to the various tracks Baby has blasting in his ears. Dependant on cinema setup, these are at times a little too loud though. There is not much dialogue during these moments, of which there are a good many, but the volume is perhaps just a little too loud. This would be blamed on a cinema setup however. As is the fact that Nouveau at the V&A Waterfront is still not able to actually set up their cinema screen to project the entire image! There is at least 5% or more, at a guess, of the image that is missing to each side of the screen. Best go look elsewhere if you want to enjoy this film the right way.
As a film, Baby Driver is one where the viewer goes for an escape. The plot is not too complicated, there are no major twists to follow. One can sit back, laugh at the wisecracks, enjoy the chase scenes, and thrills of the shootouts. Fast paced action, and fancy driving are the name of the game here.
Baby Driver opens 4 August 2017 in South African cinemas.