|It's pretty funny to see Bradley Cooper in dreads.|
If you think my description sounds more like a romantic comedy than the high-octane action movie they've been advertising, well, yes. Yes that exactly. It's not a bad movie, but from the get-go, you'll wonder if you've walked into the right movie. Not that it's a bad movie, but the movie they advertised starts about an hour in.
Hit and Run is brimming with a comedy cast. People you haven't seen in years popping up as humorous extras. Kristin Chenoweth(from Pushing Daisies) plays Annie's boss, a pill-popping administrator, Michael Rosenbaum(Smallville) plays Annie's still lovesick ex, and Tom Arnold plays Charlie's hapless witness protection handler. There are tons more that are fun to see The movie's funny, but not laugh-out-loud funny.
The action, when it finally gets around to it, is alright. They don't spend enough time developing Bradley Cooper's Alex, who's the main villain, enough that you wonder if he's supposed to be sympathetic or a total psycho. The movie can't tell. But it is all about fast cars riding crazy turns to crazy tunes. The car driving is ok, but it's not to a Tarantino level of driving and crashing porn.
I wouldn't say this is a bad movie, but it's ili-advertised. It's still fun, and has some cute and funny bits, but don't go into it expecting a funny version of the fast and the furious.
THE GOOD: big funny cast, realistic relationship moments, some funny bits, fast cars, good soundtrack.
THE BAD: Not hilarious, not that much action.
THE VERDICT: $$$ It's ok. It's a fun movie but not necessarily a need to see. If you do plan on seeing it, just know that you're walking into a romantic comedy more than an action movie.
MOVIES LIKE IT: Drive, Starsky and Hutch, Snatch, Rat Race, Sex Drive
ONE-SCENE METAPHOR: Instead of bickering and shouting at each other like generic couples on every other TV show or movie, Charlie is defensive about his past while Annie tries to calm him and talk. It feels like a real conversation. 45 minutes later we get a chase scene.