Hit and Run (2012)
Movie: Hit and Run
- Director: David Palmer, Dax Shepard
- Writers: Dax Shepard (screenplay)
- Stars: Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold, Kristin Chenoweth, Michael Rosenbaum, Jess Rowland, Carly Hatter
- Release Date: August 2012
- Run Time: 100 min
- Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance
Is a comedy about a young couple (‘Kristen Bell’ and Dax Shepard) that risks it all when they leave their small town life and embark on a road trip that may lead them towards the opportunity of a lifetime. Their fast-paced road trip grows awkwardly complicated and hilarious when they are chased by a friend from the past (‘Bradley Cooper’ ), a federal marshal (‘Tom Arnold’ ) and a band of misfits.
User Review: This is a creative, original, funny, and action packed story, a wonderful example of independent filmmaking. Dax Shepard was able to get away with a million budget by recruiting friends like Bradley Cooper and (real life GF) Kristen Bell to act. The other main characters, the cars, were largely his own.
The film has a True Romance feel, only infused into a chase movie. The action set-pieces are fantastic. Simple, beautiful, effective. Slow motion burnouts, lovingly filmed, fish tails, even one or two stunt jumps. And I’m 99% sure there was no CGI at any point. Just good old fashioned fast cars going fast. Seriously. Think of the last 10 minutes of Death Proof extended to half a movie.
I didn’t know Shepard before this, but he’s a funny guy. In his writing, in his content, in his delivery. At one point a redneck onlooker struts up to his prized Lincoln Continental and asks if it has nitrous. Dax’s character Charlie matter of factly tells him, "Nitrous is for fags. This has cubic inches," then drives away. But it’s more than just dialogue. Like when a wannabe tough guy bottoms out his Pontiac Solstice leaving the driveway. Sometimes it’s the subtle things.
The movie got no marketing, and hardly anyone knows it’s even in theaters. Too bad. This is a hidden gem, required viewing for fans of chase movies.
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