THE DRIVER (2019) Reviews and overview

  

‘To win the ultimate war, make the ultimate sacrifice’

The Driver is a 2019 Thai action horror feature film about a man that fights to keep his family alive in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.

Directed by Wych Kaosayananda from a screenplay written by Steve Poirier, based on Kaosayananda’s storyline, the movie stars Mark Dacascos, Julie Condra, Noelani Dacascos and Jeremy Stutes.

Dead Earth is a tie-in movie that follows the same timeline and focuses on some of the same characters.

Plot:

After a plague of the undead decimates human life on earth, a former hit-man (Mark Dacascos, John Wick 3), his wife (Julie Condra, Eerie, Indiana), and daughter, Bree (Noelani Dacascos), live quietly in a survivalist compound.

However, when the base is attacked, a massive explosion summons a swarm of the undead. They escape and must seek out the Haven, a rumoured sanctuary up north, while the father teaches his daughter to shoot, drive, and survive before time runs out…

Reviews:

The production values are acceptable, but the whole film really isn’t. The Driver has a lot of parts that just don’t go well together. The whole film gives a strange feeling as if it isn’t really a complete film, but an unfinished TV episode. Or something done without any serious preparation.” BZ Film

The Driver isn’t a bad film by any means. I can appreciate what it tries to do differently, how it tries to subvert the tropes of a subgenre that has been done and overdone, especially in the last couple of decades. Beyond that, it’s not necessarily a game-changer, but that doesn’t immediately disqualify it from being passable.” Crypt Teaze

“Viewers are certainly treated to a whole lot of driving, to an extent where I even began to wonder if The Driver might actually be one long car commercial. With music that sounds like a Final Fantasy save point and a severe lack of the undead, The Driver can at times come off as lifeless as the creatures occasionally chewing up its scenery.” Killer Horror Critic

Release:

The Driver is unleashed by Lionsgate on DVD, Digital, and On-Demand on November 26th, 2019.

Cast and characters:

Mark Dacascos … The Driver
Julie Condra … Sharon
Noelani Dacascos … Bree
Jeremy Stutes … Joe
Adam Zachary Smith … Gabriel
Charlie Ruedpokanon … Lee
Michael S. New … DJ
Milena Gorum … Sylvia
Alice Tantayanon … Rose
Kelly B. Jones … Mary
Natalie Lorence … Tony’s Mother
Brahim Chab … Bandit Leader (as Brahim Achabbakhe)
David Bueno … Bandit
Lee Mason … Machete Bandit

Technical details:

97 minutes

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PARADISE Z aka DEATH EARTH (2020) Reviews and overview

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