Review of: DRIVER
reviewed by judylewis on 03/20/2004
Driven to the edge
Michael & Val's 1st mtg is vague.--he's PATIENT, not Michael? Some sound, music, visual should cue that this is the start of their psychic connection, the turning pt. so we know what FX you're trying to achieve. Is 5-yr-old Misha's creepy French kiss supposed to foreshadow his predatory sexuality? Misha is unsympathetic--he kills a woman with reckless arrogance, complains that it interrupted his b.j., shifts blame to paramedic, ruthlessly takes over Val for sexual pleasure. Val makes no sense. Her relationship with Frank is on the skids but we don't know why. The divided office isn't explained--who has boundary issues? Val? Misha was temporarily attractive early on, because Val found him so. We buy it when she buys it, but why would she accept this intrusion? Why is he her soul mate? Why not resist him? Logical lapses: If Leah's private duty, she wouldn't give Goldman a shot. Maxine/Hugh/Val setup is gratuitous, unconvincing & inconsistent. Some dialog is awkward & expository. Adaptation from novel shows in some dialog that comes out of nowhere. Want to suspend belief but don't buy opening event or final twist. Some good writing w/ some weak plotting. Worth revising for a potentially suspenseful horror flick.
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