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Sundance: The Accidental Getaway Driver

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Plot via Sundance:

Long, a Vietnamese driver in Southern California, answers a late-night call for a ride. Already in his pajamas, he reluctantly accepts, picking up a man, Tây, and his two companions. But the men, recently escaped convicts from an Orange County jail, take Long hostage at gunpoint, thrusting him into their getaway plan. When complications arise, the fugitives and their hostage hole up at a motel, and a tense waiting game unfolds.

Review notes:

The Accidental Getaway Driver is a hostage film that refuses to take hostages. Instead it hold the audience hostage by engaging in endless back story, lives recalling the past, evading the future. There’s a little menace and threatening innuendo to keep one hoping some action might happen, but it never comes soon enough.

This story should have been set in a cell block, not in a Toyota and cheap hotel rooms. Call it the Non-riot in Cell Block 6, or Sing Sing Pity Party.

With four fifths of the main cast being Vietnamese and the other fifth being French, I suspect there is an allegory about the history of Vietnam being formed.

The Accidental Getaway Driver stumbles away from conflict towards reconciliation, understanding, unity, creating family as if the cultural conflicts of sixty years of Vietnamese immigrant history are getting their reunification and almost happy ending.

It gets a 3 out of 5 stars, or a B.


Credits:

DIRECTOR(S)
SING J. LEE
SCREENWRITER
SING J. LEE
CHRISTOPHER CHEN
PRODUCER
KIMBERLY STEWARD
BASIL IWANYK
ANDY SORGIE
BRENDON BOYEA
JOSEPH HIẾU
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
BARBARA BROCCOLI
MICHAEL G. WILSON
JENNIFER J. PRITZKER
PETER M. CARLINO
LUISA LAW
SCOTT LASTAITI
JOSH GODFREY
KENNER BOLT
KENNETH YU
PAUL KIX
CO-PRODUCER
JES VŨ
CASTING DIRECTOR
CHRISTIAN BUSTAMANTE
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
MICHAEL CAMBIO FERNANDEZ
PRODUCTION DESIGNER
HANRUI WANG
COSTUME DESIGNER
KIM NGÔ
EDITOR
YANG-HUA HU
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
JOSH MONTES
BASED ON THE ARTICLE BY
PAUL KIX
SCORE
JULIAN SAPORITI
JON ONG
PRINCIPAL CAST
HIỆP TRẦN NGHĨA
DUSTIN NGUYEN
DALI BENSSALAH
PHI VŨ
GABRIELLE CHAN
YEAR
2022
CATEGORY
FEATURE
COUNTRY
UNITED STATES
LANGUAGE
ENGLISH, VIETNAMESE
RUN TIME
117 MIN


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