DVD Review: THE DRIVER

THE DRIVER was directed by Wych Kaosayananda from a screenplay by Steve Poirier and stars legendary martial arts actor and television personality Mark Dacascos and Dacascos’s real-life wife Julie Condra and daughter Noelani Dacascos. The film also stars Jeremy Stutes, Milena Gorum and Alice Tantayanon.

After a plague of the undead decimates human life on earth, a former hit man (Mark Dacascos), his wife (Julie Condra), and daughter, Bree (Noelani Dacascos), live quietly in a survivalist compound. But when their base is attacked, a massive explosion summons a swarm of the undead. They escape and must seek out the Haven – a rumored sanctuary up north – while the father teaches his daughter to shoot, drive, and survive before time runs out.

When one of their own turns on everyone and leaves the safe compound they call home destroyed, The Driver (Mark Dacascos) and his daughter Bree (Noelani Dacascos) find a way to escape the devastation. They hit the road where they encounter numerous obstacles that include some really bad people as well as hordes of the undead. By the way, these aren’t the slow moving zombies so it’s kind of hard to elude them at times and unfortunately the protective father finds this out the hard way.

What happens is, The Driver ends up getting bitten but he’s able to hide it from his daughter for as long as he can because he only has one thing on his mind, get her to a location called Haven that’s supposed to be a safe place for survivors. Their dreaded journey becomes a race against time for the slowly deteriorating father who’s trying to stay alive long enough just for Bree. Thankfully, they end up meeting Sylvia (Milena Gorum) and Rose (Alice Tantayanon) who join them in their fight for survival where they ultimately find the mysterious place they’d been searching for.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The DVD disc features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I went into The Driver with kind of low expectations but I have to admit that this survival-thriller was actually a good watch. Wych Kaosayananda, director of Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, decided to tackle the zombie subgenre and he delivered a character driven thriller about this father who will do anything to get his daughter to safety. By the way, the father is also a badass and a lot of terrible people and zombies find this out the hard way. Needless to say, it’s also action-packed. Mark Dacascos, his real-life wife Julie Condra, and their daughter Noelani are the foundation of the movie with focus set on Dacascos and his daughter who do a really good job with their characters. The Driver has a great story that centers around these two characters who travel through dangerous territory to find this place that they’ve only heard about. I’m not sure why the powers that be decided to call the movie The Driver as well as the final artwork so don’t judge a book by its cover and put this one on your watch list. It’s not a great movie but it is a good one with a lot of heart. The Driver is now available on DVD.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 97 Minutes

Rated: R

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a making of featurette that has an interview with star Mark Dacascos and official trailer.

  • Making of The Driver (12:31)
  • The Driver Trailer (01:32)
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