You may be disappointed to learn this isn’t a remake of the classic 1978, Kris Kristofferson starring film, Convoy. Rather, it’s a French take on a drug run gone bad.
Four cars leave Malaga in Spain. Two scout cars, each with two occupants, go first. The next car, also with two people, has over a ton of cannabis and some cocaine, picked up on the cheap, inside. Finally, a third car, with a lone occupant, follows behind ensuring all is well.
The idea is relatively simple and seems to have been done before by the occupants; drive from Malaga, across the border into France and on to Creil, pass the drugs on and collect the money.
Thankfully for us things don’t go that smoothly. As the first car speeds up the motorway it notices a lone police car at the side of the road. They phone back, let the others know, but think little of it.
The next car gets through without a hitch. However, by the time the main car comes to the same point, it’s now a checkpoint, with armed Spanish police.
The occupants panic, u-turn whilst shooting at the police, and speed off, the wrong way down the motorway, passing the final following car on the way.
From here, things go from bad to worse for the whole gang as a kidnapping takes place, a double-crossing of sorts and plenty more gun-battles.
Writer and direct Frederic Schoendoerffer (99 heures, Paris Lockdown) has created a rip-roaring, high-tension, sometime funny film that manages to bring some warmth to scumbags, whilst keeping them reasonably anonymous too with an ending that should please all.
Within the first three cars there are conversations taking place amongst the occupants that bring humour to proceedings but also add to the tension as things begin to unravel.
Each car is a story all of its own and the way these are crafted and presented by Schoendoerffer is great. You will feel the annoyance and anguish as, usually the passenger, says something completely stupid.
The whole film has been shot with a strange yellow-hue to proceedings for the day shots, whilst the night brings a blue feel. I’m not entirely sure of the reasoning, but I like it.
Fast Convoy sets off like a race car leaves the starting grid and maintains the breathless speed with good focus and tension.
Whilst the characters aren’t explored in any great detail, we’re only told what we need to know, this feels like the right choice. Adding too much depth and too much detail could have seen things get bogged down.
Sure, there are better character and ensemble pieces out there. But for a high-tension, fun and wonderfully shot chase film through the motorways of Spain and France, there’s no better.
THE QUICK SELL
You may be disappointed to learn this isn't a remake of the classic 1978, Kris Kristofferson starring film, Convoy. Rather, it's a French take on a drug run gone bad.