Big Driver

Big Driver

DVD - 2015
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Tess Thorne, a famous writer, faces a long drive home following a book signing. On a lonely New England road, her tire blows out, leaving her stranded. Relieved when another driver stops and offers assistance, Tess quickly discovers her savior is actually a serial killer who assaults her. Left for dead, Tess escapes, determined to find her attacker and seek revenge.
Publisher: [United States] :, A & E Television Networks,, [2015]
Call Number: DVD F BIG
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Shellie1_us
Nov 26, 2018

I enjoyed this story by Stephen King. I like the fact they did show the brutally of rape without being excessively gory. The victim determined she wanted private justice to heal and move on. Sadly it is understandable that she takes the revenge path. As rape trials are horrendously brutal to the victims, so much so that most choose to not prosecute their attackers. You can understand her path of revenge whether or not you agree IMO.

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jimg2000
Oct 30, 2018

An intelligent and humorous (other than the dramatized brutal act) version of the "I Spit on Your Grave" franchise but with a erudite script. A few minor differences like Prius in film vs. Expedition in book, the film adheres pretty much to the book, from start to end (from Stephen King's 2010 "Full Dark, No Stars," collection of four novellas.) "Way to go, girl!"

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BritCrimeDramaFan
Mar 18, 2018

Starts well, but goes down from there. One-note revenge story with a game Maria Bello, but foreseeable abuse and outcome tend to stymie the drama. Stephen King meant this as a short story, but this film drags.

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wildct2003
Jan 16, 2017

OK made for Lifetime TV abused-woman-gets-revenge film. Dukakis raises the film a notch.

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chriscoleman
Jun 24, 2016

Disappointing. This review contains SPOILERS of the graphic nature of this film. Tess Thorne is a famous murder mystery novelist. She writes cozy mysteries starring a group of old ladies in a knitting circle. She gives a talk at a little library near Colewich, Massachusetts and the head librarian there, Ramona, suggests she take a side road home which would be shorter and less traffic. During that 12 mile stretch, two serial killers have left boards with nails in them. She turns a corner and drives over the boards, which catch in her tires and knock her off the road. There is no cell reception here, just an abandoned old gas station. A van passes her by but then a pickup stops. Out hops a 6'4" 400 lb man who mercilessly beats and rapes her over a period of about 20 hours as his brother takes photos. Believing her to be dead, he drags her body into a drainage pipe down at the creek behind the gas station. He leaves her there and once he's gone she stops playing dead. She has to crawl over three other dead bodies to get out of the drainage pipe. She goes home, takes a shower, and begins plotting her revenge. Ramona turns out to be the mother of the two psychotic brothers who rape and torture women, taking their photos and jewelry. What was particularly irritating about this movie was that Tess talks to her novel character Dorene and her GPS unit Tom throughout the film. In seeking her revenge, Tess leaves evidence everywhere. The loose ends were wrapped up a little too neatly, especially with Dorene and Tom telling her where to clean up and what to do.

LoganLib_Aavishka Sep 15, 2015

I remember going through the catalogue and seeing this title and thinking, ooh that sounds familiar. Turns out it was based on Stephen Kings's book which I read, and that got me interested. I wanted to see how they play this book out and it was quite alright. Really haunting and intense. I liked how they portrayed Doreen's character and I thought that the main actress was fantastic in her role. The way she went from bright and bubbly to murderous and serious was intense but she pulled it off very well.

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dolphinwolf
Aug 14, 2015

Stephen King. Entertainment that kept me watching until the end.

annjervis Jun 23, 2015

don't have this

carnett1 Jun 16, 2015

Sounds odd unless the serial killer planned her tire failure.

cane420 Jun 16, 2015

killer adaption of a killer Stephen king story .... ALL HAIL MARIA BELLO !!!

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jimg2000
Oct 30, 2018

Tess on her writing, P1 of2:
Homicide. Homicide. Let's talk about murder and mayhem... As they are the flip side of the American dream. I'm often asked if I draw my characters from real life. The truth is, my strange and diabolical aunts, who live for awful gossip, are the inspiration for the willow grove knitting society. As to my other characters ... I'm a little embarrassed to say this... Um, ever since I was a little kid, I had these voices in my head... all kinds... Men, women, old, young, this mysterious corral of people I've never met. So I was either gonna end up in a padded cell or published... One or the other. I think the most important thing about writing is that an author knows about human nature...

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jimg2000
Oct 30, 2018

Tess on her writing, P2 of2:
The contradictions we all have, the lies we pretend are truths, the fears that we pretend are strengths, the greed and revenge that we have that we don't admit to ourselves. In my books... Like in my life, I guess... Logic is king. Or I guess, in my case, the queen.
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Okay, so, a murderer drowns his victim with a mouthful of snow. You get it'? It melts. No evidence.
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Can't go to Siam... It was renamed Thailand in 1948.
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As your most finely-realized character, Doreen Marquis, says in "The Willow Grove Knitting Society Goes to Dallas," the two best things in life are warm croissants...
-"warm croissants and a quick way home."
And a quick way home.

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jimg2000
Oct 30, 2018

A bad boyfriend is worse than a serpent's tooth.
-What? Where ls that from?
The bible? Dr. Phil? Anyway, we broke up.
-Yeah, that's what a lot of women say, and then they go back. A guy who does it once... You can't count the times.
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You don't look good.
-Well, if I had an ex and he came for a surprise visit, I'd probably look
exactly like this.
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You're always tripping.
-Well, I'm a writer... I get preoccupied,
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I'll get an a.L.D.S. Test, get checked for stds, but that's it. No one is going to know about this. Once it's out, some will say I asked for it. I have nothing
to be ashamed of. But I know how it works.
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I don't sell guns. I sell peace of mind.
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I was afraid
-Of him?
Of her
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What if he has a girlfriend... a wife?
-Guys like that don't have wives... not ones who stick around... there's only one woman in his life... and she's dead
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How's the tire?
-Round. With lots of little... Tiny words on the side of it.

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jimg2000
Oct 30, 2018

I strongly recommend that you get started. "Soonest begun, soonest done."
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Never tell a writer their stuff is crap. It brings out the worst in us.
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Don't lie to me, mommy. I saw it in your eyes when you came to the door.
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It will confirm that you failed in three ways. One, your plan didn't work. Ergo, your agenda and goals are in ruin. Two, when caught, you will face a legal quagmire, a hurtling fall from grace, likely imprisonment, and, of course, the possibility of a dreary cell mate and my consequent refusal to visit you, since I abhor wretched settings. Last but not least, three... You are condemned to live with the excruciating truth that, despite your astute mind, you overlooked something.
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Better a straight shot through robin hood's forest than all the way around it.
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If you're losing your mind and pm you, why are you making such good suggestions?

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jimg2000
Oct 30, 2018

Uh, was he big? Was he real big?
-Uh, like giant.
Oh, that's "big driver"
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Logic will only get us so far in solving a crime... We must understand the emotion motivating it in order to comprehend why people do the unthinkable. Because in the absence of logic, we all make some of the most profound choices of our lives.
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We can't always be polite and... And logical, can we? Sometimes it's just about friggin' payback.
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I guess I was always violent deep down. I denied it like most of us do, but lt let me dream up 12 novels where people were murdered in cold blood, so that didn't come from nowhere.
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I've just sent myself to hell.
-Well, point taken. But why not make sure the other guy gets there first, hmm'?

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