Driven (2019) reviews and overview

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[Total: 3   Average: 3.3/5]

‘Buckle up’

Driven is a 2019 American comedy horror feature film about a female cab driver who picks up a mystery passenger and, unfortunately, his demonic baggage as well.

Directed by Glenn Payne from a screenplay written by Casey Dillard (who also stars), the Dead Leaf Productions movie also stars Richard Speight Jr., Jessica Harthcock, Nicholas Roylance and Andy Field.

Plot:

Emerson Graham’s nights as a cab driver are filled with annoyances and inconveniences, but until tonight, never attacks and disappearances. After picking up a mysterious passenger her evening goes from working a job to performing a quest as they must race against the clock to defeat a force of evil. The meter is running…

Release:

Driven arrives on DVD and Digital June 16th 2020 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

” …unfortunately Driven is not very fresh, nor is it quirky, scary, or all that comedic. It is never fun to attack a micro-budget feature film made by a pure DIY filmmaker, but in all honesty, the film misses in many levels.” Cryptic Rock

“At least Driven isn’t as rough around edges like acting, writing, execution, and certainly passion behind the camera. The film commits so completely to flimsy bits like a running gag about a “turd spoon” that not surrendering to the persistence of its choppy charm seems to say more about one’s own stubbornness than the movie’s trouble at getting a grump to chuckle.” Culture Crypt

Driven is a short and sweet supernatural romp that never gets boring and somehow manages to pack laughs into what could be a very intense storyline in another film. Richard Speight Jr. as Roger is a great straight man to Casey Dillard’s sarcastic stand-up, Emerson. And even though Driven is a comedy by most accounts does not mean that it’s missing out on thrills.” Film Threat

“Overall, Driven is utterly fun and charming, and even once the basic game of the film is clear, it still surprises a few laughs out of you, and not a few hmmmm’s.” Horror Buzz

“Utterly charming comedy-horror […] A tiny budget is used creatively and the leads are charismatic and likeable. A winner.” House of Mortal Cinema

Driven is a small film that doesn’t always land its bits, but it is still a pleasantly enjoyable viewing experience. There is just a scrappy underdog spirit to the proceedings, which is appealing. Plus, it deserves credit for being a horror-comedy that takes the horror side of the equation relatively seriously.” J.B. Spins

“While some of the earlier humor feels ham-fisted, the latter banter between Emerson and Roger punches nicely, fitting neatly into the crafted personas of their respective characters. And while some of the narrative bumbles slightly, the film as a whole is kept afloat by the chemistry between the two.” Killer Horror Critic

” …several of the entities – notably the first we see, played by Jaime Adams – have a disturbing presence which invests the discursive chatter with some suspense even as Emerson (and the film) take a roundabout tour throughout the night. For much of the running time, it’s just two people in a cab gabbing – and grating on each other’s nerves – but the talk is strong enough to sustain the interest.” The Kim Newman Web Site

“It’s almost family-like in nature, yet the chemistry is mostly un-written, it comes from the performers: from their charisma, their rapport and the very nature of being together in a confined space for any given amount of time […] That all comes across on screen, as does both Dillard and Speight’s likeability, helping the audience connect with the characters and really, pardon the pun, stick with them on this wild ride.” Nerdly

“Although billed as a horror-comedy, Driven is more of a horror film with the occasional funny moments. It also knows that some of its situations aren’t exactly unique and treats them with a less than serious attitude. Such as the scene where Emerson and her ex are having a deep conversation, and she suddenly tosses salt on her to be sure she’s not a demon. It’s not so much mocking the genre as it is subverting its cliches.” Voices from the Balcony

“Like any good character-based story, Driven sticks with the audience and is a film I could easily re-watch again and again. The most crucial part of filmmaking is good writing. While an elaborately creative story isn’t Driven, realistic relationships, characters and dialogue within a demonic movie are what make this film.” Without Your Head

Cast and characters:

  • Richard Speight Jr. … Roger
  • Jessica Harthcock … Nichole
  • Nicholas Roylance … Caleb
  • Andy Field … Entity
  • Bill Luckett … Mr Lancaster
  • Casey Dillard … Emerson
  • Leah Hudspeth … Heather
  • Glenn Payne … Jim
  • Jennifer Hamilton Collins … Katrina
  • Coley Bryant … Entity
  • Katie Swann … Laura
  • Leigh Ann Hubbard … Bella
  • Josh Guinn … Entity
  • Maddie Ludt … Jess
  • Samantha McLarty … Young Woman / Entity

Filming locations:

Tupelo, Mississippi

Technical details:

90 minutes

  

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