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Baby Driver: A high-octane crime caper

 

By Damon Smith

Baby (Ansel Elgort) 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).

Each daredevil heist pays off a fraction of the dues that Baby owes Doc. For his final drive, Baby must assist 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. As the plan takes shape, Baby kindles romance with a diner waitress called Debora (Lily James), who is desperate to leave town.

Baby Driver is a high-octane crime caper, which gleefully burns rubber to a toe-tapping soundtrack. Rising star Elgort, who broke teenage hearts in The Fault In Our Stars, comes of age with aplomb as the eponymous speed demon.

It's a daring stylistic conceit that runs the risk of leaving viewers choking on the exhaust fumes of writer-director Edgar Wright's bold ambition. Thankfully, the Dorset-born film-maker packs plenty of substance beneath the bonnet of his well-oiled machine.

Four stars

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