Drive (1997) – Review

4 Stars

Drive is from director Steve Wang, the man behind the underrated live-action adaptation of The Guyver. This is a dazzling martial arts film with energy and creative ingenuity to spare. It also features actors like Brittany Murphy, Sanaa Lathan, and Tracy Walters in scene stealing supporting performances.

Toby Wong (Mark Dacascos) is a martial-arts specialist with a bio-energy module implanted in his chest. Toby’s a superhuman with a need to get to Los Angles so the technology doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Pursed by mercenaries, Toby takes a hostage, Malik (Kadeem Hardison) to drive him from northern to southern California. The pair bond over near escapes from ruthless henchmen and an even more powerful fighting machine than Toby himself.

Utilizing the Asian wire-work that would come to prominence with The Matrix, Drive seamlessly integrates fantastic action sequences, humor, and a very high-profile cast into an addicting cocktail for action fans. As action icons Van Damme and Seagal were fading as prime box-office draws, Dacascos was delivering excellent work in the world of straight-to-video B-movies. Worth a glimpse just for the exuberance and creative zeal that pulsates off the screen.

Director: Steve Wang
Stars: Mark Dacascos, Kadeem Hardison, Brittany Murphy

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