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TIFF Review: ‘Driven’

September 12, 2018Ben MK

Though his name might be synonymous with a certain iconic film franchise, there's more to the story of John Z. DeLorean than just that of a car capable of traveling through time.

Set in the late 70s, director Nick Hamm's Driven follows Jim Hoffman (Jason Sudeikis), a pilot and family man put in a tight spot when the FBI finds a cargo of cocaine aboard his small plane. Moved to California and forced into the life of a government informant, Jim falls into the company of new neighbor John Z. DeLorean (Lee Pace), an eccentric car designer with a dream of building a futuristic vehicle bearing his name. But as Jim's and John's respective personal and professional predicaments put them both in the crosshairs of FBI special agent Benedict Tisa (Corey Stoll), Jim must decide what is more important — saving his own skin, or living with the weight on his conscience.

Driven by compelling performances from Sudeikis, Pace and Stoll, as well as Judy Greer as Jim's wife, Ellen, the result is not only a story of greed and ambition. It's also a story of friendship between two men who, at the outset, seem nothing alike, but who have more in common than they'd like to admit.

Driven makes its North American premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 53 min.

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