When a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) picks up a passenger (Dave Bautista) who turns out to be a cop hot on the trail of a brutal killer, he’s thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he desperately tries to hold onto his wits, his life and his five-star rating. Directed by Michael Dowse, this action-comedy from 20th Century Fox also stars Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, Jimmy Tatro, Mira Sorvino and Karen Gillan.
Director: Michael Dowse
Cast: Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, Jimmy Tatro, Mira Sorvino, Karen Gillan
Action, Comedy, Crime
Rated R for violence and language throughout, some sexual references and brief graphic nudity
Runtime: 1 h 33 min
Stuber is one of those stupid mindless action comedies that seemingly pops up every summer. Michael Dowse’s film knows what it is and never really pretends to be anything else especially anything resembling serious. The action is loud, kinetic and surprisingly bloody for some reason. Still it all carries very little weight in terms of gravitas. It’s all played for fun and both the leads are more than ready to go all in. Dave Bautista, aka Mr Monotone, uses a schtick similar to his Guardians of the Galaxy routine which works well here. His massive size compared to Kumail Nanjiani’s plays right into the film’s general hook. Nanjiani is perfectly neurotic as the hapless uber driver who’s commandeered for the drive around the city. Together they make for a fun pair delivering a low rent 48 Hrs. or Running Scared. Ultimately, the film does sort of feel like a throwback to those 80’s buddy comedies even if doesn’t quite reach classic status.