Dir. James Mottern
Reviewed by Matt Adcock
Trucking onto DVD is hard boiled Diane Ford (Michelle ‘Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang’ Monaghan), a sexy, no nonsense and successful independent truck driver, whose life is the open road. This is a powerful insight into the world of long-haul trucking, one night stands and all-night drinking that is the existence of those who drive through the night so we can buy the stuff we want from the stores nationwide…
Diane has thing going with ‘Runner’ (Nathan ‘Serenity’ Fillion) and all is fine and dandy until the evening her estranged 11-year-old son, Peter (Jimmy ‘young James Kirk in Star Trek’ Bennett) unexpectedly shows up.
Young Peter hasn't had any contact with his mother since birth and isn’t thrilled about having to fit into her life now but has no choice with his father Len (Benjamin Bratt) in hospital. Can Diane give up her life of sex, freedom and trucking and be the mother that Peter needs? "Bitch" is his term of reference for his newly reacquainted mother… He plays hard to impress – making her life hard by running off, making unreasonable demands etc but eventually there comes to be an understanding between the two.
"What do truckers wear when on long hauls??"
Monaghan is excellent and delivers a powerhouse performance, she makes you feel her battle for independence and the confused hurt inside. Trucker isn’t an easy film to watch but it is a good one.
Darkmatters rating: ööööööö (7 empowered female road-eaters out of 10)