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Driven

USA 2019
produced by
Casey Dillard, Glenn Payne for Dead Leaf Productions
directed by Glenn Payne
starring Richard Speight jr, Casey Dillard, Maddie Ludt, Jaime Adams, Mari Kenney, Jamie Fair, Coley Bryant, Brent Hearn, Tyler Floyd, Samantha McLarty, Bill Luckett, Leigh Ann Hubbard, Marcus Cox, Jessica Harthcock, Leah Hudspeth, Katie Swann, Alexander Simpson, Nicholas Roylance, Jennifer Hamilton Collins, Caroline Upthegrove, John McCustion, Glenn Payne, Marley Maharrey (voice), Carlton Wall, Andy Field, Laiken Warren, Josh Guinn, Phillip Sword
written by Casey Dillard, music by Matthew Steed

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Emerson (Casey Dillard) is a wannabe stand-up comedian who makes her living driving a cab at night. Roger (Richard Speight jr) is her latest fare who at first sight doesn't seem to be any more or less insane than most of Emerson's other customers, not exactly friendly but not exactly rude, and just not the greatest conversationalist. But he asks her to make several stops on his route, which of course means a higher fare, so that makes Emerson rather happy. What she doesn't know, at every stop he kills someone, and when she eventually finds hint pointing to just that, he tells her a story about him being a demon hunter to stop a family curse - something she's apparently not at all likely to believe ... until they're stopped by a cop who eventually turns out to be possessed by a demon who can only be stopped by, of all things, a silver spoon. Upon that incident, and also because he promises her a huge tip, Emerson starts to help Roger, and the two actually start to like one another - but of course, they're both only human, and both are socially challenged, so it's only a matter of time until they have an argument, and it seems even a horde of demons on their tail won't have them make up in time ...

 

Ok, from my synopsis this might probably sound like the Tom Cruise starrer Collateral with demons tagged on, and of course the parallels are too obvious to ignore, but other than the earlier film, Driven is actually a comedy. Now sure, the movie's tense enough in all the right spots and has its fair amount of shocks and suspense, but it's really the pretty hilarious exchange between Emerson and Roger that makes the film, especially since despite it obviously being played for laughs it feels very real, and the characters with all their flaws very relatable, even likeable - also of course thanks to strong central performances and a definite chemistry between the leads. And a directorial effort that gets the most out of the rather limited sets/locations (Emerson's car mostly) also helps to make this a really fun ride.

 

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