Why the hate? Like "Drive" or "Ghost Dog", I love bare bone genre yarns that spend less time plotting and put trust in the audience because it feels like an archetypical story rooted in pulp novels and pop culture mythology. Which this is a great example of such. The dialogue alone is full of gems. The character dynamics are spot on. And the ending is a better "Vanshing Point" ending than "Vanshing Point". Loved it!
The infamous drive-in cult hit turns out to be a disappointment. The car chases and action scenes - what the movie's really know for - are entertaining enough, but it's not enough to sit through a dull story with annoying characters - Susan George's obnoxious performance was especially grating.