STUBER – A Review by John Strange
Buddy movies are nothing new. But GOOD buddy movies are very close to the holy grail. Stuber is a very good buddy film. As with most really good films in this genre, the two main characters are as different as night and day.
Vic (Dave Bautista) is an LA police detective working a “white whale”, a case where the criminal got away and continues to elude capture. In this case, Teijo (Iko Uwais) not only got away but killed his partner in the process. He is informed by his superior, Captain McHenry (Mira Sorvino), that the case was being moved up to the FBI.
Complications abound in Vic’s life including being nearly blind without his glasses and a daughter he has ignored way too much in pursuit of his job. But he is trying to turn his life around. But as with all characters like this, his timing… stinks.
Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) works for an a-hole young boss and drives for Uber on the side. His somewhat trusting timid ways slam up against Vic’s ways and personality like a flood slams into a town and destruction and change quickly follow!
The action of this film moves from cop drama to fun and exciting when following Lasik surgery, a temporarily blind Vic must take an Uber to get to his destination. Enter Stu and his electric car!
The action of this film is fun and fast-paced. Dave and Kumail have a weird off-kilter relationship that works. The villains are well-written and the action is wild with bullets and bodies flying everywhere!
Other than the problems that Dave’s hair caused me until I got used to it, I had a great time watching this film! Popcorn and buddy cop movie! It was a great evening!
Directed by: Michael Dowse
Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista, Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, Jimmy Tatro, Mira Sorvino, Karen Gillan
MPAA Rating: R (for violence and language throughout, some sexual references and brief graphic nudity)
Selig Rating: A
Runtime: 105 Min.
Movie Site: www.foxmovies.com/movies/stuber
The Selig Rating Scale:
A – Excellent movie, well worth the price.
B – Good movie
C – OK movie
D – No need to rush. Save it for a rainy day.
F – Good that I saw it on the big screen but wish I hadn’t paid for it.