Rated: R for violence and language throughout. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: June 28, 2017 Released by: Sony Pictures
Director writer, Edgar Wright has put together a film that is a little different from what we might expect to see.
Baby Driver features a dynamic script that begins with an over the top action scene with as expected Baby (Ansel Elgort) driving all over Atlanta carrying a team robbers put together by Doc (Kevin Spacey). For the most part the film never slows down, it is either moving in fast cars or rising tension for Baby and eventually Debora (Lily James) a waitress in his favorite dinner.
As we learn more about Baby we find that he lost his bickering parents in a car accident which created a ringing in his head which is only southed by listening to music tapes which is why he always has wires plugged into his ears. Even with that limitation he hears and understands all the instructions given by Doc when it comes to another robbery.
Baby is somewhat a captive of Doc who has him in semi-employment paying back for a car Baby stole from Doc that resulted in the loss of significant value.
As the film opens Baby is just one heist (he is the driver) away from paying off what he owes Doc. As we expect Doc wants to keep him on the job because he is a fantastic driver and much of that skill is an exciting part of the film.
While we watch his many vehicles traveling around the city often followed by police cars the plot around the characters spins out. Baby becomes close to Debora and they plan to head out on the highway as soon as possible and begin a new life. Baby has a stash of money that he has earned driving around crooks for Doc.
The script never lets us down, it continues to move forward in a smooth tension from beginning to end. The characters are not always consistent but they certainly produce surprises as they effectively gather money for Doc. No one is loyal to anyone and very quickly we see characters turn on each other and the screen is filled with betrayal and blood.
Jamie Foxx is devastating as a cold killer with a fast mouth, James presents an innocent character who is attracted to Baby, Jon Hamm is without values and ready to kill at any time but is in love with Darling (Eiza Gonzalez) who is sexy and also as much a killer as the men. Elgort carries the film from the first scene and smartly shows emotions with very little dialogue.
With just enough comedy like a mix up of masks for Mike Myers (which one) and a never ending action atmosphere Director Wright keeps us on the edge of our seat through out.
Don't expect anything standard in Baby Driver all bets are off as the script weaves in and out of the lives and actions of the very interesting characters. Baby Driver will certainly keep you awake.