Small Screen Reviews
Twentieth Century Fox
What's It About?
An all-action cop is in need of last minute transport following eye surgery to take down a drug cartel, and ends up embroiling an Uber driver in a night of carnage.
Who's In It?
Dave Bautista (Guardians Of The Galaxy/Avengers: Endgame, Hotel Artemis, Final Score)
Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, Central Intelligence, The Big Sick)
Other notables include:
Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Guardians Of The Galaxy/Avengers: Endgame, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle)
Iko Uwais (The RAID I-II, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, & more recently Mile 22)
Director: Michael Dowse (Goon, What If, & more recently Preacher)
The concept of an odd couple action pairing is far from new, but is given slightly fresh legs with one of the characters being an alpha male no holds barred cop, and the pairing being a super amenable Uber driver desperate to appease everyone and gain as many 5 star ratings as he can along the way.
Unfortunately Stuber is not the film that can facilitate that, listing unevenly with an inconsistent script and a scattershot approach to jokes, some of which land well, others not so much.
The film sees the unstoppable force that is Vic on the trail of a drug gang, but on the night of possibly his biggest lead, he's elected to have eye surgery and so life for him is a blurry mess - at least for the next 24hrs or so. So when he gets a hot tip, he is forced to hire an Uber driver to ferry him from unsuitable slum to nefarious dive, dragging his poor and unsuspecting driver into a night of unbridled hell.
Dave Bautista - Kumail Nanjiani duo works really well for the most part, with the pairing delivering great on screen chemistry, but a weak and somewhat formulaic script certainly hampers them, while with almost all the other characters given virtually no screen time, it is difficult to invest in the plot, despite an impressive fight sequence with Iko Uwais.
In A Nutshell:
A good concept for a buddy comedy with two strong leads, but unfortunately the script doesn't match up to the pairing, so no 5 star rating for this vehicle.
The Bautista - Nanjiani pairing
The script is inconsistent
Release date: 18/11/2019