Stuber – Film Review

As a part-time Uber driver, I was excited to hear about this film. There is always a level of uncertainty when you pick up a passenger, you have no idea who they are or where the trip will take you. Stuber follows Kumail Nanjiani as a struggling Uber driver Stu and Dave Bautista as a LAPD Detective Vic Manning as they pair up to track down dangerous drug lord, Oka Teijo (Iko Uwais).

After the loss of his partner at the hands of TeijoDet. Manning has been obsessed with tracking down her killer. However with the hunt becoming increasingly difficult due to his failing eyesight, Manning books himself in for Laser Eye Surgery. With his eyesight recovering and unable to drive, his daughter Nicole (Natalie Morales) suggests Uber as a way to get around. When Manning receives a hot tip on the whereabouts of Teijo, and although half blind, he has no choice but to resume the hunt. After destroying his car and causing havoc, Manning books an Uber and his unsuspecting driver, Stu, arrives to pick him up.

Stu is sporting goods store clerk that is struggling to make ends meet and is helplessly in love with his friend Becca (Betty Gilpin). Driving Uber on the side and fighting to receive 5 Star Ratings, Stu turns on all the tricks for his passengers. But when Manning jumps into his car, he has no idea of what is ahead and what he would need to do to make a crust and receive those seemingly ever elusive 5 Stars.

You would think that the pairing of a giant brute in Bautista and a mild-mannered hilarious Nanjiani wouldn’t work, but this pairing is pleasantly surprising and their characters bounce off each other perfectly. With Stu’s loving caring personality helping Manning realise there is more to his detective work and life than just brute force, and Manning’s masculinity pushing Stu to step out of his shell, the two compliment each other and make a great team as they fight off criminals in the hunt for Teijo. Nanjiani’s quick wit in conjunction with Bautista’s dry and unsuspecting humor are a perfect match.

Stuber is fun and hilariously ridiculous with entertaining action sequences and twists to boot. This film will have you in stitches and glued to the screen until the very end. So what are you waiting for? Book a ride share car to the cinemas and go see Stuber, out in all good cinemas now.

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