The Driver

The Driver

DVD - 2015
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Vince McKee is a middle-aged nobody who accepts an offer to drive a taxi for a criminal gang in order to escape his turbulent home life. Colin is McKee's fresh-out-of-prison friend.
Publisher: Silver Spring, MD : Acorn Media, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781621723868
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (183 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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firefly5
Jan 23, 2017

A taxi driver unhappy with his life, marriage and a disconnect with his son is looking for fulfillment in his life. He becomes involved with a friend recently released from prison and his life goes out of control. Instead of improving his situation it becomes even worse. I liked this movie because it could be true. There is a lesson here, if it seems too good to be true it usually is.

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jimg2000
Dec 29, 2015

An engaging crime thriller starring Morrissey, the British copy of Liam Neeson; also no need to repeat xaipe's well put comment.

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Onewhoissaved
Dec 22, 2015

"The Driver" is 3 episodes designed to drive you to sleep or to disgust, whichever comes first. There is not one redeeming quality to it. The people involved here are to be avoided at all possible costs. I spent most of my time actually working crossword puzzles and word-finds and sleeping.

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asgilbertmax
Oct 29, 2015

Very well done, but very heavily leans on the dark side.

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IV27HUjg
Oct 22, 2015

This 'thriller' has some good moments. Plot with lots of holes, poor performance, violence. Certainly the underbelly of Brit life portrayed well. Left me dissatisfied.

xaipe Aug 19, 2015

David Morrissey plays a depressed, unhappy cab driver with family problems and a shortage of cash. His 18 year marriage is sagging, his wife works as a market researcher when not working out to prepare for her marathons, he is estranged from his son who lives in a cult, and there's never enough money for anything but the bare necessities. He takes a high paying, high risk job as a driver for a local mobster played by a beefy Colm Meaney and his life spirals out of control. Gloomy, rainy Manchester is the setting, and the plot shows a man frantically trying to hold his life, job, and family together as he makes one disastrous decision after another. The problem is: he has a conscience. Great car chase sequence toward the end.

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jimg2000
Dec 29, 2015

Horse: But before you play, remember this - we lose because we TOLD ourselves we lost. Tolstoy.
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Horse: The people who know how to run this country are driving cabs and cutting hair.
Vince: Was that Tolstoy?
Horse: George Burns.
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Vince: You wanted something new in your life. Yeah? Cos every single day you were
getting shat on from a great height. Well, congratulations, here it is, your new life. And guess what, mate? Shitty things happen in this job too.
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British slang - (as plural noun the filth) British informal, derogatory The police.
A taxi driver: The filth are in there talking to Amjad. They've probably linked him to a cell in Afghanistan, eh. Discover we've been funding the bleeding Taliban.

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jimg2000
Dec 29, 2015

Colin: I'm a criminal, it's what I do. And I'm good at it.
Vince: Oh, yeah. So why did you get caught?
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Vince: So, what are you going to do now you're out?
Colin: I haven't a clue.
Vince: Join the rat race, like the rest of us?
Colin: Yeah, I suppose, yeah. Something like that, yeah. See, m y problem is I've always wanted excitement. I look at ordinary people's lives, getting up early, having some boss to answer to, and having to talk shit with Julie from Accounts, and I just think, "Nah, you're all right." ... I should have just been like you, just been normal.
Vince: Yeah, well, it's not all it's cracked up to be. You know, people puking in my cab, getting abuse, you know, people arguing because the meter starts at two quid. And then I get home and...
Colin: What?
Vince: No, it's just, er, we've been married a long time, you know? I'm bored. Well, it's boring anyway. Sometimes I feel like just putting my foot down and go charging into the nearest wall.

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