First there was The Driver, then there was Drive Angry, and then there was Drive. Now there's Drive Hard -- because why not? Thomas Jane plays former race-car driver Peter Roberts, now a married dad who runs a not-so-successful driving-instruction school in Gold Coast, Queensland. But his life is changed when a twitchy weirdo in a black baseball cap shows up for a lesson: Simon Keller (John Cusack) is an American who just wants to learn how to drive on the other side of the road. Or so he says. Keller knows Roberts is a guy who can put the pedal to the metal, and so within minutes, he's made Roberts an unwitting accomplice in a big-time bank robbery.
Stuff happens: They pull into a respectable-looking rural restaurant and provoke the wrath of its gun-totin' elderly proprietress. They tangle with a convenience-store clerk, and before they know it, there's blood splattered everywhere. They take extremely sharp turns, their tires screech, and they ruin the shocks of every vehicle they appropriate: This is what happens when you drive hard. As the two try to stay a kilometer or two ahead of the good cops, the crooked cops, and the crime hotshots who own the bank, Keller and Roberts talk and talk. They drive, too, but most of their energy is devoted to bonding.
Drive Hard isn't really true exploitation; it's really just sort of exploitish, a somewhat clumsy blend of action, cartoonishly grim violence, and wry comedy. If you're not expecting too much, Drive Hard is mindlessly entertaining, but it lacks that spark of madness that might have made it truly fun.