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Review of Big Driver
by Dazed
Posted on December 29th, 2019
Positive 7
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this is a lifetime movie? wow! big driver is a dark and unexpectedly violent made-for-television adaptation of horror master stephen king's novella of the same name from his 2010 collection full dark, no stars. i haven't seen many lifetime movies so far, but this one is probably one of the best ever. the movie is dark and graphic but it also includes some comedic elements at the right times. the movie clearly doesn't take itself too seriously, which is a good thing, especially since it's an adaptation of a novella by stephen king, whose stories are known for their often not all too serious tone and quirky humor. in that regard, it's very fitting that rock queen joan jett has a small role in big driver. the movie offers a great revenge story, an evocative setting, and an excellent cast led by maria bello (a history of violence) and including the fantastic ann dowd (compliance). also highlighted must be will harris' (in time) both charismatic and terrifying performance as the titular villain lester "big driver" strehlke. i don't really remember seeing him in anything else besides in time, but i guarantee that you won't forget him after seeing his performance as big driver. good job! director mikael salomon already directed another stephen king adaptation, namely 2004's two-part television movie salem's lot, which was a decent effort. salomon is probably best known for directing the 1998 action movie hard rain, which has received generally negative reviews, although i've always liked it. i see stylistic similarities between hard rain and big driver. both movies feature good actors in an exceptional setting and both are pretty grim at times and witty at others. big driver has the right combination of darkness and humor, which is a feature of every great stephen king story. i'd say salomon did a good job bringing king's novella to the screen. it's definitely one of the better stephen king adaptations and one of the best ones made for the small screen.
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