Overdrive (film)

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Overdriven
Overdrive Teaser Trailer Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Antonio Negret
Produced by Michael Brandt
Derek Haas
Grégoire Melin
Pierre Morel
Christopher Tuffin
Written by Michael Brandt
Derek Haas
Starring Scott Eastwood
Freddie Thorp
Ana de Armas
Gaia Weiss
Cinematography Laurent Barès
Production
company
Kinology
Sentient Pictures
Distributed by Océan Films (France)
Entertainment Film Distributors (United Kingdom)
Paramount Pictures (USA)
Release date
  • 11 August 2017 (2017-08-11) (United Kingdom)
  • 16 August 2017 (2017-08-16) (France)
Country France
Language English
French
Budget € 24.340.000

Overdrive is a 2017 action thriller film directed by Antonio Negret, produced by Michael Brandt, Derek Haas and Pierre Morel and the screenplay was written by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas. The film stars are Scott Eastwood, Freddie Thorp, Ana de Armas and Gaia Weiss. Principal photography began on January 4, 2016 in Paris and Marseille, France. The film tells the story of Andrew and Garret Foster, young brothers who are skilled car thieves and have expertise in luxury cars. They both are sent to steal a Bugatti car in Southern France, but they get caught by the car's owner; a ruthless local crime lord. In exchange for their lives and an apology for attempting to steal his car, the crime lord forces the brothers into stealing a luxury Ferrari car from the crime lord's arch-rival.

Plot[edit]

Half-brothers Andrew and Garret Foster operate as international car thieves, targeting high-end of the market vehicles. They steal a rare Bugatti in transit after it is purchased at auction in France, unaware that the car was bought by Marseille crime boss Jacomo Morier. Morier's men capture them when they try to sell the car and take them to Morier's house, where he shows them his garage full of cars. He then means to shoot them but, to escape their punishment, the brothers offer to help Morier complete his collection by stealing a rare Ferrari owned by ruthless tycoon and rival, Max Klemp. Morier agrees but sets the condition that the theft must be carried out within one week.

The brothers hurriedly recruit a team in Marseille to carry out the job, including Andrew's girlfriend Stephanie and her pickpocket friend Devin. Andrew tells Garret that this will be his last job. They also have to cope with Morier's cousin Laurent keeping watch on their operation, as well as a pair of Interpol agents. Garret, who had recently been conned by a woman who pretended to fall in love with him, begins a relationship with Devin. For insurance, Morier's men kidnap Stephanie in the Marseille marketplace. Andrew and Garret arrive in their flat and Devin tells them Stephanie has been taken. They head to Morier's house to find Stephanie bound and gagged under a spinning car wheel, which Laurent threatens to lower onto her face. Andrew and Garret promise to finish the job in order to save Stephanie.

When the day of the robbery comes, the brothers put their plan into effect. Stephanie, locked in a room in Morier's house, attempts to seduce Laurent and fails, although she manages to steal his key to the door and escapes. She sets off the house alarms and leaves with a shotgun to meet Andrew, Garret and their team at the door. Morier realises that the events that led up to this point have been part of an elaborate diversion to allow them to steal his own car collection. Morier only understands what is happening as the gang are making their escape and he chases them to the docks. During the pursuit, Andrew proposes to Stephanie and she agrees to marry him. In a final confrontation, Morier is killed when his car is rammed into the water by a coach driven by Devin. Devin leaves, promising to call Garret. Andrew and Garret give all of Morier's cars to Klemp, revealing that this had been the plan all along and that they had partnered with Klemp to get back at Morier. But as Devin leaves she has in her hand the code to the garage where Klemp keeps his Ferrari.

Garret, Stephanie and Andrew are later seen together in Paris. Garrett thinks he has been stood up again when Devin shows up in Klemp's Ferrari and gives the keys to Andrew. When Andrew then gives the car to Garret, Garret thinks this means Andrew is leaving the business. However, Stephanie mentions that there is a very rare car in Barcelona, one out of only nine in the world, and the three are tempted to steal it. Andrew decides to join them and the re-established team begins to make plans.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

On May 12, 2011, it was announced that Pierre Morel would produce the action thriller film Overdrive, Antonio Negret would direct the film based on the script by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, who would also produce the film. Sentient Pictures would produce the film.[4] On September 1, 2015, Christopher Tuffin was also announced to produce the film.[1] In November 2015, Kinology sold the film's international rights to different buyers.[5] Alex Pettyfer, Matthew Goode, Garrett Hedlund, Jamie Bell, Karl Urban, Ben Barnes, Emilia Clarke, and Sam Claflin were all once attached separately at various points during development.[4][6][7][1]

Principal photography on the film began on January 4, 2016 in Paris and Marseille, France.[3][8]

Release[edit]

Overdrive was released theatrically in the United Kingdom before it premiered in France and received a staggered European and Asian release before being theatrically released in the United States.[9] The Hollywood Reporter stated that this type of release for a film was generally reserved for "dead-in-the-water duds"[9]

Reception[edit]

The Hollywood Reporter referred to the film as a "formulaic adolescent-male button-pusher, which is witless and brainless but not entirely joyless."[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kit, Borys (September 1, 2015). "Scott Eastwood to Star in Action Movie 'Overdrive' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  2. ^ Kit, Borys (September 14, 2015). "'Knock Knock' Actress Ana de Armas Joining Scott Eastwood in 'Overdrive' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Kit, Borys (December 15, 2015). "Scott Eastwood's Action Movie 'Overdrive' Adds Two Castmembers". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Keslassy, Elsa (May 12, 2011). "Morel goes into 'Overdrive'". Variety. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  5. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (November 7, 2015). "AFM Buyers Go Into Pierre Morel's 'Overdrive' From Kinology (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  6. ^ A. Fernandez, Jay (October 25, 2011). "Karl Urban and Ben Barnes Go Into 'Overdrive' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  7. ^ "Emilia Clarke & Sam Claflin Join Karl Urban-Starring 'Overdrive'". Deadline. July 17, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  8. ^ "On the Set for 1/8/16: Robert Pattinson Starts on the Feature, 'Good Time' While Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Wrap 'Assassin's Creed'". SSN Insider. January 8, 2016. Archived from the original on January 9, 2016. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  9. ^ a b c Dalton, Stephen (14 August 2017). "'Overdrive': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 December 2017.

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