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Baby Driver review: Crime caper's a stylish joyride

 

By Damon Smith

Dorset-born filmmaker Edgar Wright burns rubber to a toe-tapping soundtrack in the high-octane crime caper Baby Driver.

Expertly staged car chases get the adrenaline pumping like Nicolas Winding Refn's thriller Drive, which put Ryan Gosling behind the wheel.

Here, 23-year-old rising star Ansel Elgort, who broke teenage hearts in The Fault in Our Stars, comes of age with aplomb as the eponymous speed demon.

He plays Baby, who has suffered tinnitus since the age of seven when he was involved in a horrific car accident.

In order to drown out the ringing in one ear, he listens to music at a deafening volume, which allows him to focus on his duties as a getaway driver for criminal mastermind Doc (Kevin Spacey).

For his final drive, Baby assists Buddy (Jon Hamm), his fiery girlfriend Darling (Eiza Gonzalez) and trigger-happy rebel Bats (Jamie Foxx) to pilfer millions of dollars in money order slips.

Four stars

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