2016 ( UK | USA ) ( Action, Crime, Music )
DIRECTOR: Edgar Wright
STARRING: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm
Never before have the loves of speed and killer tunes come together so magically as they do in filmmaker Edgar Wright’s latest film, a genre-crossing masterpiece with music on the brain and burnt rubber in its soul. Wright immediately grabs our attention in the opening minutes with a gravity-defying car chase sequence during which we are introduced to the fresh-faced, sunglasses-wearing Baby (Ansel Elgort) who is driving the getaway car for a gang of bank robbers. They all work for Doc (Kevin Spacey), the mastermind behind the crew and the kingpin of an underworld crime ring. Doc never uses the same crew twice, save for Baby. We learn that Baby suffers from tinnitus caused by a childhood accident, so he drowns out the ringing in his ears with a constant barrage of music playing through his earbuds. Every turn, every bump in the road, and every shift of the gears is perfectly choreographed to the soundtrack’s pumping beats.
Stylish, exciting, and fuelled by a killer soundtrack, Baby Driver hits the road with some of the best stunt driving you’ll ever see, proving fast-paced action movies can be smartly written without sacrificing thrills.