Driven (2022) - full transcript

A modern day cautionary tale, DRIVEN, is a taut suspense thriller set in urban Los Angeles exploring the perils of ridesharing. - stop by if you're interested in the nutritional composition of food
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What time is it?

It's late.

Time for bed.

Hi. You're here for Sarah?

Sarah Hayes.

Excuse me.

Long day, huh?


been up since 5:00 this morning.

That is a long day.

Well, if you wanna close your
eyes and grab some sleep,

I promise not to be offended.


But I think it's getting
to that point in the night

where it's almost better
to stay up

than to sleep a few hours
and wake up all groggy.

Another early day tomorrow?


So if I may,

what keeps an early riser
out late on a work night?

Everlasting bond of friendship.

Sounds like
there's a story there.

nothing too dramatic really.

My friend picked me up.

We went out together
and she just got too drunk.

So I ended up
having to drive her home.

Nice of you to look
after your friend like that.

It's not easy finding someone
trustworthy in this day and age.

You guys are friends
from work I assume?

Yeah. How did you know?

Just a hunch.

There's a bar
pretty close to here

that hosts a lot
of workplace events,

Figured you came from there.

Funny, yeah, that's exactly
where we came from.

I guess in a job like this,

you must run
into a lot of people

with familiar stories, right?

In a way.

But everyone's unique.

So, the story's
never quite the same.

I'll just be a minute.



Hello, Daren? Is it you?

Hey, hey, can you hear me?




I'll be right back!



Oh, I... I'm sorry.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, hey, it's me.

Where did you go?

I tried calling
but I kept losing service.

I was looking for you.

Where were you?

I had to find an ATM.

The credit card reader
on the pump is broken

and I only had enough
for $20 worth.

Are you okay?

Yeah, I'm... I'm fine.

I'm glad I found you.

It's a pretty bad neighborhood.

It's not good
to run off like that.

Hey, can we just...

Of course, I'm sorry, I...

didn't mean to breach.

You feeling any better?


Yeah. I just got a little
shaken up. That's all.

Hey, I'm, I'm sorry
if I snapped at you.

Water under the bridge.
You all right?


I'm more embarrassed
than anything.

Nothing to be embarrassed about.

Everyone gets spooked
now and then.


Don't give it another thought.

Anyone would've reacted
the same.

Well, I just feel,
kind of, stupid.

There was nothing really
to be afraid of.

Don't be so hard on yourself.

Look, that place was unfamiliar.

And the unfamiliar
frightens people.

I don't know.

I guess what bothers me is...

I don't wanna be
one of those people

who's suspicious of everything

or everyone outside
their comfort zone.

I hear you.

Suspicion can be a nasty habit.

Especially the way things
are going these days.

But still, you never know
what's going to happen

and it's good to be prepared.

Not sure
if I see the difference.

Well, you carry pepper spray,
a Taser, anything like that?

Yeah. Actually,
I got pepper spray in my bag.

I don't imagine you ever believe
you'll actually use it?

Hmm, not really, no.

But you're prepared
for your worst case scenario

should you need it, right?


It's the sensible thing to do.

You hope for the best
but prepare for the worst.

Unfortunately, most people
convince themselves

they're prepared
but they rarely are.

What do you mean?

That pepper spray
is your nuclear option.

You know your last line
of defense, right?

Uh-hmm. Right.

What if I told you

that when you needed it most,
it probably won't work?

Why wouldn't it work?

May I?

Yeah, sure.

Yeah, see that? It's inert.

These things
are only usually good

for a couple of years,

so after that the aerosol
component loses pressure.

Oh, great. So it's useless.

Not necessarily.

You might be able
to trick someone into believing

that it still works but
I wouldn't stake my life on it.

See these numbers here
on the side?


See what it says?

Seems it expired two years ago.


You know it's crucial that
when you abide...

Watch out!

I didn't see him.

I was distracted.
He came out of nowhere.

You saw it. I didn't mean to.

Oh, my God. Oh, my God.

It was an accident.

No, no, no, no, no,
this can't be happening.

I mean, what was he doing

at the side of the road?

Maybe he's just hurt.

No, no, no, no,
he has no pulse, Sarah.

- He's gone.
- No, no, no, no, no.

We have to get out of here.

Sarah, we have to
get out of here now.

What? No, no, no, no.

We have to call the police
or something.

You're right. You're right.

We'll do it from the car
but we just can't stay here.

What are you talking about?

We... we can't leave him here.

We have to.

If we're here
when the police show up,

they're gonna arrest us.

No, no, it was...
It was an accident.

- We...
- Do you think that matters?

It's not like
we were jaywalking here.

A man is dead.

If they catch us...

we're looking
at pretty serious jail time.

Look, I... I can't
just leave him lying here

- in the street like that.
- No, no, no, no.

You have to, for your own sake.

I mean, we're both liable here.

When we were driving,
I was distracted.

I was talking to you
and I didn't see him coming.

That makes you an accessory.

No, no, no, no, no, no,
I didn't mean to distract you.

I know. I know.

And I'm not blaming you,

but that doesn't change the fact
that we're in this together.

Look, he's gone, Sarah...

and there's nothing we can do
to change that.

If we stay, we are only gonna
make it worse for ourselves.

Please, trust me.

Staying here would be

the biggest mistake
of your life.

Hey, did you just get home?

Hello? You there?

I'm here.

How was the rest of the night?


Can you come and pick me up?

You all right?


Uh, okay.

Um, yeah, no,
I'll... I'll leave here right now.

- Where are you?
- Downtown.

Did you see
any cross streets nearby?

I don't know.

I'm in a carwash
somewhere around 5th Street.

That's all right.
I'll find you. Just hang tight.

I'll be there in 30 minutes?

No, no, no, no.
I need you now.


Can you tell me what's going on?

I can't talk about it
on the phone.

Do you need me
to call the police?

No, no, don't.


hey, I'm sorry. I'm fine.

I just needed
to hear your voice,

the car wash is closing

and I... I didn't wanna wait
outside alone.

I can be down there in no time.

Never mind.
I'm... I'm... I'm fine.

I... it's late and I just got
a little scared.

That's all.

You sure?

You sound pretty upset.

Yeah, it's nothing.
I promise.


Well, um, look,
if you need anything,

even if you just get scared,

give me a call, okay?

I will. Thank you.


No, no, no.

Look out!

Jesus Christ!

Hit the gas!
Hit the gas!

Don't look!

Hold on!

He's gaining on us.

No, no, no, no, hold on!

Might wanna take it easy.

You may have a concussion.

You should drink something.

It may help.

Suit yourself.

I... I swear
I wasn't gonna say anything.

I just needed some space.

I... I was overwhelmed,

I... I was in shock.

I didn't call the police
or anything,

you can check my phone
if you want.

Something that I said?


I just wanna go home.

You have my word,
I won't say anything.

It's okay.

You don't have to lie to me.

But I'm not.
I... I'm not, you can trust me.

I won't tell anyone
what happened.

Is that what you think
I want to hear?

Let... let's talk about this.

Let's figure something out.

Get out.

you don't have to do this.

Please. Please.

Start the car.


Keep heading straight
for another mile,

and then take a right
up to 8th Road.

You should probably
keep your eyes on the road.

Wouldn't want another
accident now, would we?

Can you please tell me
where we're going?

Maybe if I knew,
I could drive more safely.

That's it there,
fourth building on the right.

Just do as you're told
and everything will be fine.

Oh, uh, hey,
you're here for Noah?

We sure are.

Huh, uh, I must've
ordered carpool by mistake.

Don't worry, you... you didn't.

I'm just mentoring my friend,
Sarah here.

Oh, uh, okay.

That's cool.

Ooh, it's like an oven in here.

Yeah, sorry about that.

The radiator's broken,
so we have to have the heat on

to stop the car
from overheating.

You mind
if I crack open a window?

Actually, I'd prefer it
if you didn't.

The wind noise makes it hard
for Sarah and I to communicate.

It's funny, I...
I've never heard of anyone doing

a ridesharing
apprenticeship before.

It's that like a new thing or...

Not really.

I've done quite a few now.

Well, you know how it is.

Late at night,
young woman on the road,

it can be dangerous.

You never know
who's gonna get into your car.

Oh, yeah. For sure.

So, what has you venturing out
so late tonight?

Uh, I just got switched
to the night shift

over at the Fresh Top Market
on Elm.

But I'm not looking to turn
that into a career or anything,

I'm just gonna stay there
until I get out of college.

Oh, you hear that, Sarah?

We've got a scholar
on our midst.

Uh, between work, school,

it sounds like you got
a pretty hectic schedule.

You leave any time
for socializing?

Have a girlfriend maybe?

Uh, me and my friends hang out

when we can, uh,

haven't had too much time
for girls lately though

because of my new hours and all.

You know, Sarah has this friend,

a bit of a night owl
but she might just be your type.

Oh, uh, that's okay. I don't...

Sarah, would you be so kind
as to pass me your phone?

No, really,
I'm... I'm not looking for...

Now, now, don't be so shy.

It's not like you have to
marry her or anything.

Just take a quick look,

you never know
when Cupid's arrow might strike.

Sarah, your phone?

It's just there
on the dashboard.

Ah, your phone's locked.
What's your passcode again?


That's right.

You see, this is her friend
that I was telling you about.

What was her name again?


That's right, Kelly.

See how pretty she is?

She's very beautiful.

Looks like we're nearly here.

Sarah, be a dear, please, and
park him up on the right there.

Whoa, whoa, that was it.

Sarah? Sarah? Sarah.

Uh, I'm... I'm, I'm so sorry.

Uh, that's all right.

I can turn around
and bring him back.

Uh, it's fine...

I can just walk
the rest of the way.

She should bring you back.

You don't want to be rude.

Uh, it's fine, really.

Nonsense. I insist.

Um, by the time we turn around

and head back,
I'd be there already.

You sure?

I feel like
we're inconveniencing you.

Oh, seriously,
it's not a big deal.

I'm very sorry.

I guess she's just not ready

for this level of
responsibility just yet.

Uh, don't worry about it.

I thought you did great.

Can we at least offer
you a bottle of water

to make up for everything?

It might make you feel better.

Sure. All right.

I'd love a water, actually.

The center armrest, Sarah.

Awesome, thanks.

Excuse me.

Everything okay?

Yeah, it went down
the wrong pipe, I think.

Thank you.

I know that must've
been difficult for you.

Is there anything
you'd like to say before we go?

Come on, come on.

Emergency roadside assistance.

What seems to be the trouble?

- Hi there.
- Help!

I'm terribly sorry.

I seem to have hit the,
uh, emergency roadside button

as I was readjusting
my rearview mirror.

Not a problem, sir.

We just need
a verbal confirmation

that everything's okay
inside the vehicle.

Everything's fine.
Thank you.

I'm noticing here
that we seem to be having

some trouble
locating your GPS data.

Hmm. That's odd.

But I recently did some work
on the vehicle myself.

I think it's possible
that I may have damaged

a fuse,
or a sensor, or something.

It's quite possible
if that's the case.

If you guys continue
to use this feature,

you'll need to take the vehicle
and to have it serviced

at a certified
maintenance center.

All right.
Well, that's a bit disconcerting

but I'll be sure
to get it looked at

the next time
we take the vehicle in.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Not a problem, sir.
Have a good evening.

You as well.

You know, this isn't
what I had intended for us,

but you forced my hand.

Relax. Relax.

What are we doing here?

We always hurt the ones
we love, didn't we?

No. No. Please. Please.

You need this, Sarah.
It's for your own good.

Please. Please.

Don't do this.

I wish I could help, Sarah.

I really do.
But you left me no alternatives.

You, you do have a choice.

You don't have to do this.

If I indulge you now,
what will that teach you?

Spare the rod,

spoil the child.

You're right.
You're right. It's my fault.

I'm sorry.

I won't try to speak again.
I promise.

Just leave her out of this,

I want to believe that

but my trust can't be given.

It needs to be earned.

You're right.
You're right. It's my fault.

But just give me
one more chance, please.

That's what I'm trying to do,

Where are you going?

No. No!

No! No. Wait. Wait. No! Kelly!

Kelly! Kelly!

No! No! Kelly!


Kelly. Kelly.


Kelly. Kelly!





No. No.



Wouldn't do that if I were you.

How is everything?

Excellent. Thank you.

You sure I can't get you
anything to eat?

You should
really have something.

Help keep your strength up.

You'll have to excuse her.

She just lost
a very close friend.

Oh. I'm so sorry.

You take
all the time you need, dear.

Is there anything else
I can get you in the meantime?

Some of hot tea maybe?

That will be lovely.

And a cup
of coffee for me too please.

You seem upset.

You want to talk about it?

You know, it's not healthy
to keep these things

bottled up inside, Sarah.

Suit yourself.

But you should know
that I'm not the only one

that's worried about you.

Your friend, Matt,
also seems very concerned.

He's been texting you all night,

trying to see
if you made it home okay.

You should put his mind at ease

and let him
know you're all right.

Unless of course
you want me to reply for you.

If you're not
feeling up to it, that is.

Thank you.

"Home safely."

It's not exactly poetry,

but it'll do.

This is dispatch for Unit 19,

please respond.

This is Unit 19. Go ahead.

We just received a report

of a possible
domestic abuse situation

at the Sunrise Diner.

Copy that. Unit 19 responding.

Dispatch, this is Unit 19. Over.

Go ahead, 19.

What's the information
on a black SUV.

License plate number 7, x-ray,
John, boy, 938.

Stand by.

Earlier tonight,
we received a report

from roadside assistance
for the vehicle in question

citing an accidental engagement
of the emergency call switch.

Anywhere you'd like, officer.

A cup of coffee
when you get a chance.

Excuse me.
Sorry to bother you folks.

Is that your vehicle
out there in the parking lot?

Why, yes, it is, officer.

Do you realize
you have a cracked headlight?

Uh, yes.

I've been meaning
to get that fixed.

Since you're parked,
it's not really

a ticketable offense per se,

but you really should get that
taken care of

before it becomes
a problem down the road.

Oh. Okay.

I'll be sure to get it sorted
the first chance I get.

- Thank you, officer.
- My pleasure.

Say, that's a pretty
serious bruise you got there.

Mind if I ask what happened?

Oh, that?
It's nothing really.

You know, I've got
a first aid kit in my car.

I could help you clean it up
a little if you like,

make sure
it doesn't get infected.

That's very kind of you but
it really won't be necessary.

It looks a lot worse than it is.

You sure?
It's really no trouble.

She's sure.

Does he always answer
like this for you?

There's nothing to be afraid of.

I just wanna make sure
you're all right.

Don't take it personally.

We're very private people.

I'm sorry if I upset you.
I meant no offense.

But if you feel comfortable,

maybe we could talk
for a minute in private.

Why, officer,
if I didn't know better,

I'd say you're trying
to steal my girl.

- Excuse me?
- No, he didn't mean it.

I just wanna ask her
a couple of questions.

Well, ask away.

I'm sure she won't mind
if I stay.

But I do.

Well, that could be a problem.

You see,
we don't do terribly well

when we're apart
from one another.

Call it separation anxiety.

Call it whatever you like

but I still need
to speak to her directly.

Now, if you don't mind...

It doesn't seem like
he's leaving me much choice.

Please don't.

It's okay, ma'am. You don't
need to be afraid of him.

No. You don't understand.

I understand that we received
a distress call

from within his vehicle
and you're showing

clear signs of physical abuse.

Doesn't seem like he quite
has the full picture, does it?

Sir, I'm gonna have to ask you
to restrain yourself.

Just leave us alone.
I, I don't want your help.

You don't have
to be intimidated by him.

Sounds like
she'd like you to leave.

Sir, I'm gonna have to ask you
to step outside of the booth now.

He has a gun!

Unit 19,
what's your status, over?

I was beginning to wonder
if you'd ever wake up.

Dreaming of a better tomorrow
no doubt.

Let me out of here.
Let me out of here!

Don't worry.

Everything will all
be over soon.

I'm sorry
it had to be like this, Sarah.

I wish we could have spent
more time together,

but unfortunately
nothing lasts forever,

and even the best things
must come to an end.

Before we part ways,
you really should know

that even though
it might seem otherwise,

I really do hold you
in the highest regard.

You're a fighter like me.

But even the best fighters,
lose now and then.

I've never been very good
at saying goodbye...

so instead let me just say...

see you on the other side.

Rad 11, go.

Stop the vehicle.
This is the police.

Stop the vehicle now or we will
be compelled to use force.

Stop the vehicle now.
This is your final warning.

Open fire!

Your parents are just
leaving right now.

They should be down
in a few hours.

It's just the wind.

Want me to check it out?


We should take this down
tonight, okay?

Get inside.


Get back inside.

Hey, it's okay.

It's okay.
There's nothing out there.

No. That was hers.
That was Kelly's bracelet.

- He took it.
- Sarah.

Sarah, he's gone, okay?

He can't hurt you anymore.

No. He's here.

He's here.

We have to call the police.

It's okay. It's okay.



I'm calling the cops.

My phone is gone.

We need to get out of here.

No. Wait, wait, wait.
Please. Don't.

No. You, you don't know
what he's like.

We can do this, all right?

You just follow my lead.

Why are you doing this?

The more you resist,
the worse it gets.

All your friends are gone,

There's nothing left
for you out there.

Stop trying to fight this
and just let go.


I had much higher hopes
for you, Sarah.

I'd like to thank everyone

who came out here today,

and especially those of you
who were...

brave enough to share
your stories

with the rest of us.

As victims of abuse, we,

we have to live every day

with the memories
of our tormentors.

They scar us deeply,

corrupting our ability
to interact

with everyday people and places.

But we cannot allow
our feelings to overwhelm us,

'cause fear and its ability
to distort our perception

is their most powerful weapon.

I know... I know the path towards
recovery is not an easy one,

but take heart knowing
you don't have to do it alone.

Your family,
your friends, your...

This community we have
right here,

they are willing to give us
any support we need.

So we have the power

to take back our lives
and move forward...