Film

Film: Trucker

April 5, 2010

I’m not exactly sure how Trucker (2008) found its way into my queue.  I’m guessing it went a little like:  “Hmm…Michelle Monaghan…Nathan Fillion…indie film…okay!”  It’s the story of a commitment-averse truck driver named Diane (Monaghan), whose free-wheeling, lone wolf existence is challenged when her ex-husband (Benjamin Bratt) falls ill, forcing Diane into an awkward baby-sitting roll with her long abandoned son Peter (Jimmy Bennett).  Having a kid doesn’t mesh very well with Diane’s long hauls and selfish lifestyle, but eventually she learns to cope, and to reconnect.

It’s not a particularly complicated story, but it’s well told, and quite well performed — Monaghan makes a compelling protagonist, and she’s supported ably by the ever-charming Fillion as her married romantic interest, a somewhat simple, but good natured veteran named Runner.  It delivers just about everything you’d expect from a low budget, indie drama — no real surprises, alas.  Even so, it’s nice to see a low-frills, honest character study like this in a filmmaking era when spectacle trumps all.  I’d hardly call it a masterpiece, and it’s generally not my cup of coffee, but it’s an earnest and authentic movie, and you can sense that everyone involved believed in the project.  That goes a long way in my book.

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