To start with the sacrilege: I liked Red Ezra's DRIVE a whole lot more than the famous Ryan Gosling movie with this title. Reason is simple: Red is unpretentious and delivers on what he set out to do, while the less said about that other Emperor's New Clothes special, the better.
Red's formula for episodic porn is simple and effective: The customer gets into the back seat of a limo and for the first vignette star Savanna Samson says to the man in front: "Just drive, please". What follows is streamlined, expertly directed XXX action - loaded with style but delivered with commendable minimalism. It's not a (failed) experiment in the medium like Tom Hardy in LOCKE, and thank God, it's no Gosling the existentialist.
The six vignettes are varied, with Savanna in initial segment visualizing having a threesome at home with her big-dicked boyfriend (wearing a condom- this being a Vivid video) and a seductive brunette.
For vignette #2, Savanna is cast as the chauffeur, and Katie Morgan is the blonde customer in the back seat. Katie gets humped by Steven St. Croix in this one.
Next Savanna phones a friend and the two women have lesbian sex in the back seat together while the limo drives through the night city. For a brief vignette #4 Samson phones her boyfriend from the vehicle and they talk dirty to each other while she masturbates.
Penultimate segment has a security guy in the backseat, relating a flashback of him making love to Katsumi, a model he was hired to protect. Now that both Whitney Houston and Lady Di have passed on, I would vote for Costner to make a sequel to his big hit with Katsumi/Katsuni -she could play a celebrated and glamorous porn star.
Finale has Samson hooking up with a fellow chauffeur for a satisfying f*ck.
Obviously losing plenty in the translation from cinematic imagery to my cold, cruel scene by scene breakdown, DRIVE is instructive in how to execute without frills but still delivering plenty of atmosphere. And once again, the so-called "visionaries" of mainstream commercial cinema could learn a thing or two from their less pretentious brethren at the other end of the continuum.
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