Like its title character, Baby Driver came out of nowhere to make a massive box office heist in 2017. Edgar Wright’s film was supposed to be dumped in August but did so well with test audiences that it was released in late June. The result was that the movie (with a $35 million budget) earned $227 million globally. It was also a huge success with critics praising its great action and good cast.
The story revolves around Baby (Ansel Elgort), who was orphaned in a car crash that also left him with tinnitus. He wears earbuds to play music to help cope. An expert driver, Baby is pulled into working for Doc (Kevin Spacey), a mastermind who uses him as a terrific getaway driver. Baby soon falls for waitress Debora (Lily James) and hopes to be with her. But he’s pulled into a dangerous job with a crew (including Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm) that gets way out of hand.
The movie is notable for its glorious soundtrack mixed with top-level car action. Wright shot everything practically, meaning those are real cars doing the incredible stunts. The cast also helps make it a great film. However, that doesn’t excuse the fact that there are a lot of things wrong with this movie. Like so many car chase films, it makes mistakes on how cars can behave.
There are also plot contrivances and other plot holes that mar the storyline and bad character moves. While the film is enjoyable, that doesn’t pardon the errors it makes. Here are 20 things wrong with Baby Driver to show even a great chase film can still make scores of errors.
20 Cameras Visible
The best part of the movie is the lack of CGI. Wright wanted it all shot practically and the method makes it look more real and helps to put folks into the action. However, this also means that—more than the Fast & Furious movies—the cameras of the film can be visible in the movie itself. In no less than six shots, the cameraman or crane equipment can clearly be seen reflected in the mirrors or hoods of cars. It’s become a fun game for home viewers to freeze frame the film and spot the crew on camera. Maybe Wright should have used some CGI, if just to ensure these obvious gaffes weren’t so noticeable.
19 Darling’s End
Eliza Gonzalez's career was boosted thanks to this movie. It’s led to more roles and she’s in the running to play the next Catwoman. Her turn as the twisted Darling is terrific, as a cool customer and a smart gal who can handle herself in a scuffle. This makes her end even more silly. As the cops close in on her and Buddy, Darling just grins at them. She then stands in the open, with no cover, and unloads both her weapons at the pack of policemen in front of her. To nobody's surprise, she’s taken out with no problem. For a woman who boasted of being a survivor to make a crazy move like that just makes no sense and weakly writes off a good character.
18 The Garage Chase
The climactic garage chase scene is packed with some thrills but is also rather confusing. First, the movie presents how Buddy wants payback on Baby for ruining the job and costing him Darling. But it’s still amazing how revenge overwhelms Buddy’s reason to hunt Baby down rather than save himself. The garage really isn't big enough to hide the cars roaring out. Also, Buddy just driving a cop car with no problem is an issue as the police would have been alerted to a car being stolen and it would actually make it easier to hunt Buddy down. That's not to mention the lack of car alarms going off despite all these near crashes and brushes.
17 Only One Driver
The lack of CGI for the movie allows several errors with cars to be more noticeable. The issues include how a car marred in one scene can look perfectly new in the next. For the most part, massive issues with stunt work and dummies are avoided. Yet the opening car chase scene does have a very notable error that can be seen on freeze-frame. When the car is shown driving from above, look closely and it’s obvious that it’s only one driver inside, rather than three passengers, as well. It’s not as obvious as a lot of other mistakes yet it does mar the film a bit to know how fake this car chase was.
16 Peachtree Center
When the main heist goes wrong, Baby is soon on the run. He finds his way on foot to the Mall at Peachtree Center, a major shopping mecca for the city. Atlanta residents will be quick to note how the path to the Mall is different than what the movie presents. Also, the Mall is known for good security, due to various problems, so they would just lock the place down rather than wasting time chasing Baby around. Plus, Baby appears to suddenly teleport from one end of the Mall to the other in just a few steps. It’s one of the details of the movie that Atlanta residents will note more than people outside the city.
15 Baby As Scout
This is another of the moves Doc makes that sort of mars his “criminal mastermind” status. He tells Baby he can’t check out the post office himself, so he sends Baby in with Doc’s nephew to scout it out. Baby clearly doesn’t like it at all and is uncomfortable being in such a setting. In reality, Doc’s nephew is the one who memorizes every detail of the place for the job. Which means Baby didn’t have to be used at all. It would have been better for Doc to use someone else as the kid’s “dad” than the obviously uncomfortable young man looking suspicious. It just doesn’t click.
14 Getting The Pacer
The push of Baby and Debora’s romance is him sharing the dream of getting his hands on a 1958 Edsel Pacer and taking her on a long car ride. In the final scene, when he’s released from holding, Baby finds Debora waiting for him in that car and they take off. It is a great ending but…how’d she get the car? Even an Edsel of that age carries a good price tag and this thing looks like it was restored to pristine condition. There’s no way Debora could afford that on her salary and any money Baby made in his foray was seized by the authorities. There’s also the tiny detail that a parolee wouldn’t be allowed to cross state lines. It’s a great ending but not a logical one.
13 Doc’s Sacrifice
Granted, the relationship between Doc and Baby was always complex. Doc talked of how much he loved the kid yet clearly, he was ready to threaten Baby’s life, his family, and Debora to ensure Baby continued his work. He even strung Baby along on the “pay off the debt and you’re done” line but then made it clear Baby had to keep working for him. Doc was always about number one and no had loyalties to anyone. So for him to turn around and sacrifice himself to save Baby’s life was a baffling turn. It’s as if Wright just loved Spacey’s performance so much that he couldn’t let Doc remain the bad guy but instead, had to give him a noble sendoff which didn’t fit the character.
12 The Ear Buds
The notable part of Baby’s character is that he constantly wears earbuds to drive out the ringing in his head. Some argue that might make the condition worse but it works for the film. What doesn’t work is how the pods are presented. A flashback has Baby wearing them when the major car accident of his youth happened. The problem is that he’s wearing a pair of buds that wouldn’t be on the market for another decade. One scene has Baby and Debora sharing a pair of buds in a laundromat. However, they’re just too far away for a single pair to be shared on just one wire. It’s annoying that this key character moment has some flaws.
11 Strapped Passersby
This is another of the movie’s contrivances that just takes away from some of the realism of the piece. When Baby and Bats pull off a heist, it seems to be going okay with no issues. They cut off a driver who sees the masked men and realizes what’s happening. He pulls up his seat blocker to reveal an armory that he fires at the other car. A news report indicates the man was former military yet that doesn’t excuse having all this in his car. Georgia firearm laws may be a tad lax yet even they would frown on a guy having a mini-arsenal in his truck that he's ready to unleash.
10 Prints Left in the Car
A reason Doc uses Baby so often is because of his lack of a record, which is important for a getaway driver. However, it’s still amazing how Doc never instructs Baby to clean up after himself. In the opening scene, the gang leave behind the car they had first used for a getaway in a garage. Baby never makes any attempt to clean up the scores of fingerprints he left behind inside the vehicle. Likewise, none of the others are at all concerned at any DNA evidence they could have left in the car, even though a simple hair can be all that’s needed for the cops to trace them. Given how obsessive Doc is on details, it’s baffling they leave so much behind.
9 Blazer Over Charger
A major scene of the movie is Baby managing to use a 1985 Chevy Blazer to push Buddy, inside a 2011 Dodge Charger, over the edge of a garage floor. They're going at it head to head before the Blazer comes out on top. The obvious difference in horsepower makes this very unlikely. Perhaps there were extra modifications done but it’s not openly stated and not too obvious at first glance. Even with four-wheel drive, a Blazer being able to keep up with a modern Charger is a bit of a rough contest. It’s just odd that with so many great cars around, Wright picked this older model to beat the Charger.
8 Deserted Atlanta Roads
This is a pretty common complaint about a lot of car movies and yet it bears repeating here. The opening scene of the film has the crew pulling off a bank job with Baby as their driver. Baby then whisks them around in a high speed chase from the cops across Atlanta before getting away. Granted, this is very early in the morning. However, any resident of Atlanta will point out there is simply no way the city is that deserted of traffic at any time of the day. Indeed, the cars are often shown in areas of Atlanta that are notorious for wild traffic and yet there’s barely any issue getting to high speeds. It makes the movie more exciting but it's hardly realistic to show a quiet Atlanta.
7 The Bad Bandits
One of the more confusing parts of the movie is how it makes Doc out to be a schemer who enjoys surrounding himself with bunglers. The man plans every heist down to the last detail and urges his underlings to never deviate from a plan. Yet, somehow, he keeps selecting people who are either nutjobs or flat-out goons. That’s proven by the mix-up of the Michael Meyer mask and other screw-ups by JD that turns a simple heist into a disaster. Doc also boasts of never using the same people too often but picks Bats, Buddy, and Darling (all highly unstable) for his biggest job. It’s just confusing why a smart crook like Doc makes so many mistakes with his personnel.
6 No Such Button
The movie’s wild climax kicks off with Baby deciding he can’t go through with the heist when the crew is in the car. He then slams it into a nearby truck that is loaded with poles that take out Bats. Before that, Baby hits a button to deactivate the airbag on the passenger side so nothing saves Bats. The problem is, no such button exists inside the Mitsubishi Galant. Baby would have to use a key to make that work for that type of car. This ties in to earlier in the movie, when Baby flips the wrong switch in a Subaru to activate the wipers. For a movie that loves cars so much, it’s amazing such an obvious mistake was made.
5 The Wrong Facility
The movie’s finale has Baby apprehended by the authorities. However, thanks to testimony from the many people he helped in the film, he ends up with a light sentence. It’s debatable how a man involved in so many jobs could get off so lightly but that’s another issue. What is a problem is that the judge sentences Baby to federal holding. When he’s seen inside, it says “Department of Corrections” which is state-level. Also, he’s shown in a white uniform, not the khakis of a federal place and washing a cop car with state stickers. Granted, he’s from the UK, so he may not know the difference, but someone should have told Wright not all facilities are the same.
4 The Highways Are Too Far Apart
Originally, the movie was going to be set in Los Angeles. However, during filming, Wright decided he might as well use Atlanta as the setting. While a good choice, it does lead to the easy problem of how Wright messes up the geography of the city. During the planning of the second heist, Doc mentions the bank is in Dunwoody, GA, at the top of the "Perimeter" (I-285), and that a possible getaway road is the Buford Highway. Later, the crew is seen driving south on I-75/85 in downtown Atlanta. None of these highways or locations are anywhere near each other. While most moviegoers didn’t notice, Atlanta residents had to howl at how Baby was able to teleport from one end of the city to the other.
3 Doc Working With Bats
Doc was one of Kevin Spacey’s last roles before his fall from grace and he did a good job in it. The character is clearly a mastermind who’s detailed in his schemes and thinks thing through. But this is exactly why it’s so confusing he chooses to work with Bats. The man is obviously unstable to the point he just takes out a convenience store clerk for no reason without caring about the consequences. He’s hot-tempered and ready to go wild at a moment’s notice. To trust such an important operation to such a loose cannon makes little sense. Surely there were dozens of guys Doc could have trusted more than a man whose temper helps ruin the job.
2 Not Knowing About the Cops
A major moment in the films has the crew meeting a group at a warehouse. Things go quite badly, which ends with lots of people wiped out. It turns out they were cops. When they tell this to Doc, he responds “I know, they were my cops.” Granted, Doc enjoys keeping things on a “need to know” basis but if there’s one thing the group should have known, it was this. For Doc to send them into a meeting with no idea that they were dealing with cops is an astonishingly bad idea. It would have avoided the mayhem that occurred and the problems that ruined the heist. For a supposed mastermind, Doc made yet another bad move here.
1 Baby Losing the Helicopter
The opening scene may be terrific but it also has one of the more annoying contrivances of the film. Baby is driving the getaway vehicle down an Atlanta highway with a police helicopter in pursuit. As fate has it, Baby just happens to find two red cars looking just like his to merge with. Even if you buy that, somehow, Doc had two other cars ready to go at the exact moment, it’s a pretty big stretch. Even more unlikely is that the police act like there’s nothing they can do because they don’t know which car is which. The logic would be to keep all three cars under careful watch rather than just pick one at random to follow. Baby doesn’t escape by skill but rather by police ineptitude.
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