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“Baby Driver” a High Speed Thriller

High energy Baby Driver takes audiences on the roller coaster bank heist ride with a cast that turns this indie into a major film. The wild and crazy adventure lays rubber from its opening scene to a finale that will blow you away. Dealing with an unpaid debt, a little romance and an out of control gang, director Edgar Wright puts all the elements together and adds a nonstop rocking soundtrack for something completely different.

Gifted in his ability as a getaway driver, Baby (Ansel Elgort) knows how to spin, swerve and evade even the best police tactical units. He’s guided by instinct and each beat of the music playing in his ear buds. Totally immersed in the chase and the escape plan, he brings his professional criminals from bank to safe haven without a scratch.

Doc (KEVIN SPACEY) tells Baby (ANSEL ELGORT) he will do the next job, and he will make a lot of money in TriStar Pictures’ BABY DRIVER.

Under the control of Doc (Kevin Spacey), a big time bank robber who rotates his crews, Baby keeps driving to pay off a debt owed to the evil crime lord. After a night of mayhem, Baby goes to his favorite diner where he meets new waitress Debora (Lilly James). The two have eyes for each other, but Baby knows there may be no future between them. During his next robbery with three ex-cons all hell breaks loose, putting Baby in the middle of a busted plan.

(l to r) Baby (ANSEL ELGORT), Darling (EIZA GONZALEZ), Buddy (JON HAMM) and Griff (JON BERNTHAL) are dropped off at the bank in TriStar Pictures’ BABY DRIVER.

As the meltdown begins Baby and Debora find their lives in the balance. Director and writer Edgar Wright, who brought memorable films Shawn of the Dead and Hot Fuzz to the screen, crafts this wild tale of deals and death. Choosing a perfect cast that delivers excellent characters in this high-energy heist film, Wright provides entertainment for a wide range audience. It’s cool, upbeat and thrilling as every minute clicks off till the credits roll.

Baby (ANSEL ELGORT) helps Debora (LILY JAMES) do her laundry as they dance around each other and kiss in TriStar Pictures’ BABY DRIVER.

While Kevin Spacey tops the star list as Doc, a cagey robbery planner who offers jobs to ex-cons to feed his own needs, it’s his crime crews that put on the action show. I like Jamie Foxx’s performance as Bats, a tough unruly con who doesn’t follow orders and finds himself skeptical of the young getaway driver. He’s smart, devious and greedy, so much so, he gets out of control.

But, the movie goes to and up and coming star Ansel Elgort as Baby, the hip driver that moves his vehicle to the beat of his mixed tape. Just wanting to make good on the debt he owes to Doc and get out from under his thumb, Elgort’s Baby has a plan of his own. Proud and confident behind the wheel he can escape from any situation, but love. Starting with Divergent and the rest of the trilogy, his career has been very good so far. Especially with The Fault in our Stars where several awards groups recognized his acting and potential future in the biz.

Baby Driver has been rated R by the MPAA for violence and language throughout. Please take caution when wanting to bring immature teens to see the film as it gets quite bloody and vicious at times.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A very good film with award possibilities.

Additional Film Information:
Cast: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza González with Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx
Directed and written by: Edgar Wright
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Music
MPAA Rating:  R for violence and language throughout
Running Time: 1 hr. 52 min.
Release Date: June 30, 2017
Distributed by: TriStar Pictures

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Film Editor John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 11 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send John a message at jdelia@acedmagazine.com