Driver (Dwayne Johnson) is the kind of guy who speak less, do more. After serving 10 years in the prison, and made it alive without any trade in or protection from anyone, he run (literally run) for revenge.
He hunted the people who killed his brother in after of the money they stole from a bank. He managed to identify those people and killed them one by one. He just came on them, shot their heads and leave. Just like that. No fancy equipment, no sophisticate plan, no back up. Just a gun and a camaro. Simple, straight to the point, and executed.
Exact opposite to a killer who’s assigned to kill Driver after the first murder. Fancy car, sophisticated, fully loaded, and ‘beautiful’.
The twist came when he woke his mother to kill his step father, who he thought was the betrayer and told those people to after the stolen money. Turned out his step father was dead couple years back and according to his mother, he wouldn’t had betrayed his beloved son. This left Driver a question, who betrayed them ?
His straight forward mode of murder made the police worked the case easy enough. It’s detective Cicero (Carla Gugino) and a cop (Billy Bob Thornton) who’s about to retire in couple of weeks. They figured Driver’s motive and tracked down the next victim possibilities. Cicero found out that all of the victims are police tippers. And her partner offered himself to check some of the possibilities.
Still with the question about the unknown betrayer, Driver went to kill the last person on the list. That last person was a repent and became a priest. By the time his mass ended, Driver asked him out and put a gun on his head, while he was down on his knees, holding a bible and chanting verses about God’s mercy. Trigger was pulled. But Driver aimed just few inches from the priest’s head. And Driver thought the revenge was done, leaving the one question about the betrayer unanswered.
Then the beautiful killer came in and pointed a gun in Driver’s head. Driver was not interested to fight back and said that he had no business with him. The killer felt underestimated and gave Driver a ‘sporting chance’ to fight back. Still no respond from Driver. Until the third person took over the control.
It was Cicero’s partner, who turned out to be the betrayer. He was the one who told those tippers to after the stolen money. Those tippers used to be his informan. Also he was the one who hired the killer to kill Driver.
Driver couldn’t figure that there’s one person amongst the people who murdered his brother because he was shot in his head before this cop came in that room. Driver was dead for sometimes but he came back alive and had his skull plated.
The cop shot Driver in his head though the killer asked him to give Driver a chance to fight back against him to satisfy his ‘sporting needs’. Driver went down. The killer left to his wife to start a new life as the cop with his.
Everything went as the cop’s plans except one thing. Plat in Driver’s skull saved him once again. Driver was once again came back from the death and put a bullet through the cop’s chest.
I feel like ‘running’ with Driver all the way. Determination. Spontaneous. And onepointed.
The satisfaction in Driver’s eyes on the last scene is the reward of that kind determination and onepointedness. And I swear I saw the same satisfaction in Leigh-Ann Touhy’s eyes. Well, I guess satisfaction doesn’t recognize the ‘black’ in vengeance and the ‘white’ in charity 😉
*ohh I am soo over this black and white clustering