Flash reviews: Baby Driver, Cars 3, Dunkirk and 47 Metres Down

Flash reviews: Baby Driver, Cars 3, Dunkirk and 47 Metres Down

Baby Driver

Baby is a getaway driver who relies on his collection of retro tracks to do his job – or at least in style. But when his latest task goes horribly wrong, he must figure out a way of hitting the road with his waitress love-interest and starting anew before his violent teammates figure out what he’s up to. With plenty of groove, solid storytelling and charm in its engine, Baby Driver is the most stylistic and soulful wheel-based flick since 2011’s Drive, and with an opening chase so wonderfully-choreographed, you’ll realise it’s not all about being fast and furious.

Cars 3

While the Cars franchise is in the same team as the likes of Toy Story, there’s no denying it’s always been somewhat bottom in the lead; lacking that magical ingredient one can’t quite put their wheel on (perhaps the concept is one better suited to CBeebies). Now, six years after the burn-out that was Cars 2, the semi-anthropomorphic vehicles return. A flabby-tyred Lightning McQueen’s heyday is seemingly in the rear view. But then so is the franchise’s, as this is the dullest and most unengaging Pixar movie to date, and is much less Formula One and far more drag race.

Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan’s WW2 thriller sees the harrowing rescue attempts of over 300,000 men who are trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk during the German invasion of France. With razor-sharp cinematography and Hans Simmer’s taut score – which barely takes a moment to breathe – this bullet-riddled rollercoaster is an unapologetic and atmospheric assault on the senses. Perhaps Nolan’s finest since The Dark Knight Trilogy and undoubtedly far more relevant than the vacuous Interstellar, Dunkirk is a solid piece of cinema that delivers unfolding chaos by the second while also serving as a not-so-gentle reminder of the unending peril these heroes faced.

47 Metres Down

Two girls go cage-diving to see Great Whites, but when the winch snaps they plummet to the ocean floor where they’re trapped, surrounded by sharks and with limited oxygen. But with some narration from Mandy Moore who inexplicably tells us everything she’s doing, this may as well be a documentary. And given that the girls are unable to surface anyway in case of brain damage, the sharks – who are also pointlessly 25-feet long – bring nothing to the plot. If this film is good for anything, though, it’s a reminder that oxygen is precious. So think before wasting yours here.

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