Hit and Run review

Director:
Dax Shepard
Cast:
Dax Shepard
Kristen Bell
Bradley Cooper
Tom Arnold
Rated: R

So Dax Shepard wrote, directed and starred in this film. He’s the real whole package, only problem is that what’s in the package isn’t very good.

“Hit and Run” follows the story of a man in witness protection who was once a getaway driver named Charlie Bronson (Shepard). Charlie is in a relationship with a woman named Annie (Bell) who doesn’t know everything about his past being involved with robberies.

One day Annie finds out she can get a better job at a University, however it would be in Los Angeles, where Charlie could be in danger.

Charlie however decides to bring Annie to LA anyways, yet one of the people who he testified against finds out and goes after him.

“Hit and Run” fails on many levels, and the plot is one of them. The plot of this film doesn’t construct an arc and it never builds to anything. It just seems to bounce from place to place, and then stop. It never feels like the film picks up or seems to come to a point where a character comes to a realization, it just plods along. The story is lazy and uninspired, and it’s made even more difficult to sit through with some lame side-events.

The film attempts to be a comedy, a drama, and an action flick. However instead of trying to blend these genres together seamlessly, it poorly smashes them together to make the movie void of emotion, humor and excitement.

Not only are the characters here unlikeable, they very soon become annoying. None of these characters ever feel relatable and to make matters worse the dialogue in the film is written so badly that none of what they say comes off as natural and/or believable. Dax Shepard himself, who plays the lead role, has absolutely no screen presence, making for a protagonist that is dull and not interesting to follow. He offers no charisma and doesn’t add anything to the character that he himself wrote.

The biggest offender in the film is the U.S. Marshall Randy, played by Tom Arnold, who is supposed to be looking after Charlie. Tom Arnold is given the part of one of the worst comic relief characters. Every bit of comedy that he does has been done before and done better. Plus he adds almost next to nothing to the plot and it isn’t believable that his character is friends with Charlie.

Kristen Bell is wasted in this film, despite her and Dax Shepard having a real relationship off-screen; it really doesn’t show through here. The film is written so poorly that this relationship doesn’t even feel natural. One single bright spot though was Bradley Cooper, who was by far the most talented and it showed here, however he is not able to save anything since none of what he says or does is really funny.

In fact none of this film is funny, I didn’t laugh once. It seemed like there were never any jokes in the movie, there were never any clever gags or wild silly things that were rightly placed to be funny. Most of the humor either felt really forced or overly random.

The film featured car chases; but none of them ever felt any good because I never felt like there were any stakes during them. One of the chases actually starts with Charlie doing donuts with his car for NO REASON WHAT SO EVER. Last year we saw in “Drive” how to do all kinds of great car chases and maneuvers that seemed real and exciting. Now this movie didn’t need to have the same tone as “Drive,” however it could have had at the very least good car chases.

“Hit and Run” felt lazy at every point, the writing was bad, the characters didn’t feel believable and their connections didn’t feel natural and lacked chemistry, the car chases were silly and not exciting, and the comedy was awful and wasn’t funny. In every area that this film was trying to do things, it failed. I usually don’t hate this much on comedies however this is by far one of the worst I’ve ever seen. 0.5 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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