What can you expect from the film DRIVEN?
Well for starters, the film is loosely based on the real events taken from the life of automaker John DeLorean, but don’t expect to see too many truths. Read on…
CelebNMovies247.com reviewed DRIVEN, which is an example of how to achieve the American dream laced with color-by-numbers comedy of mad moguls, FBI informants and not-so-fast cars.
Director Nick Hamm tells the story of John DeLorean who was trying to live his best life in disco-Reagan-era; years before the Internet grew thousands of overnight millionaires.
DeLorean’s story is just too big to be chopped and screwed into a 108-minute film, but it happened. The film touches on real events which depict DeLorean as an arrogant entrepreneur who was a rookie in the world of shady deals with criminals. In reality, John was none of that he knew what he was doing every step of the way.
The film tends to give off a more sympathetic version of Jim Hoffman (Jason Sudeikis) that most durable of tragicomic archetypes, and the man who helped bring down John DeLorean (Lee Pace). In the film we continually see Hoffman portrayed as a charmed, non-stick dolt. Judy Greer plays Hoffman’s wife (Ellen Hoffman) who looks the other way on how her husband makes his money.
DRIVEN starts off with Hoffman being walked into a courtroom. The film is very stylized to give it that fresh feel. From there we jump to more loosely based facts from 1974, showing moviegoers why Hoffman, then a cheerfully corrupt pilot, who was arrested by Corey Stoll (Benedict J. Tisa) for cocaine. From there the FBI is extremely interested in where Jim gets his money. And when he makes one mistake too many, Jim is up against the wall with an offer from the FBI he can’t refuse. Agent Tisa decides to keep Jim busy tracking a sleazy drug dealer (Michael Cudlitz) and his flaky girlfriend (Erin Moriarty).
Things are fine until Jim moves next door to the DeLorean family. What happens next?
John, his wife Cristina DeLorean (Isabel Arraiza) and the Hoffman’s become friends and neighbors enjoying elaborate pool parties and such. When DeLorean realizes he needs millions to make his car dream a reality he enlists Jim to connect him to big money in some shady way, but avoid the red flags and wants to make a deal. Basically, who cares about the consequences, they were living their best life at the moment. The film is sort of a courtroom film the has many flashbacks to tell the story of the fall of automaker John Z. DeLorean who was charged with conspiracy to obtain and distribute 55 pounds of cocaine on October 19, 1982. He was acquitted of the drug charges in August 1984, but he went to trial for fraud and over the next two decades was forced to pay millions of dollars to creditors and lawyers. The only reason why many remember his name is due to the 1985 film “Back to the Future,” his gull-wing sports car. The car is still one of the most famous cars in the world.
Overall the moral of the film’s story is illegal get-rich-quick schemes can cost you everything and your freedom.