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Patrick Fabian of "Better Call Saul" plays a very real man, an honest man, caught in a new world that does not value what he brings to the table. Out of touch with new music he fails to fit into the new marketing world, despite his hipster hat and enthusiasm. Fabian and his movie wife, Tanya Clarke, portray a couple frayed by their diminishing finances. Desperate to provide for his family, and return his self esteem, he drives. Both actors bring depth to their rolls, and provide a good deal of empathy from the movie audience. It feels like a real couple, not a movie marriage.
There are two stories here, the marriage at home and the strangers/passengers who enter his Driver X world. What a wild ride of passengers it is too, based on the notes of former driver Henry Barriel, Between jobs he drove, and smartly turned his experiences into an engaging movie. Good job Henry.
In a small stand out roll Heather Ankeny of "Criminal Minds", plays a woman Leonard knows, Bad luck of the rider app has her as a passenger in Leonard's car. She delivers a wordless aha moment that will catch you by surprise as each recognizes the other. When two wordless actors can make you feel that moment, that uncomfortable cringing, it is special.
There are many fine performances beside the leads and a few celebrity riders including Melissa Fumero of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine", Oscar Nunez of "The Office" and Max Gail of "Barney Miller",
This movie will take you on a ride that is unexpected, never predictable. "Driver X" will have you laugh and be a little sad. Catch it while we still have drivers using their own cars to ferry us around, just trying to make a living
ps - as a sociology, this film is like watching the human condition... so great.
The film shows the young adult tech-savvy generation as being self- engrossed, unintelligent, and rude. This feels a bit off balanced, but may be accurate from the driver's perspective.
Life and relationships are portrayed in a way that feels authentic. When one path through life closes, the inspiration for taking another path usually comes from an unexpected source.