Basically a genre take on Michael Mann’s Collateral (with a very big twist and a ton of comedy), Driven is one of those movies that gets by on sheer verve.

Tongue in cheek, but with plenty of heart, director Glenn Payne’s offering has plenty of limitations – but finds a way round them.

Emerson is a budding stand-up, hoovering up some money on the side as an Uber-style driver, testing routines between passengers.

But things take a turn for the very worst when Emerson picks up a mysterious stranger, a stranger who demands the driver speed him to a series of locations. And then he pulls out a very big knife…

I really am going to leave it there, as the successes that Driven has to offer come from a series of plot shifts that catch the viewer offguard – the first swerve especially.

It certainly attempts to be something fresh – and funny – and while a number of the gags miss the spot, Driven is to be commended for trying.

The two leads – Casey Dillard (who also writes) as Emerson and Richard Speight Jr as the possibly sinister Roger – work well as a double act, although it did take me a while to lock in to the tone of their performances.

The film’s obvious lack of budget holds Driven back from reaching the heights it clearly sets itself (or at least wants to be) as a genre vehicle.

But director Payne keeps a tight grip on the steering wheel and succeeds in making a film which has the bulk of its running time take place inside a car eminently watchable.

Quirky, lo-fi and oozing a charm very much of its own, Driven will not last long in the memory, but provides its fair share of entertainment along the road.

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Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle