Director: Sean Mullens
Let us imagine for a minute that this isn’t just a promotional video for DRIV3R – a game in a series inspired by the car chase films that evolved into Gone in 60 Seconds, which Run the Gauntlet seems to directly imitate, with loose handheld cameras, washed-out colour grading and quick shots in rapid succession, filmed in tight spaces. Not considered as a live action, big budget commercial, it’s a great demonstration of the talents involved. The prologue an epilogue are edited in well – I understood everything about the characters, their motivations and their actions without it taking too long or seeming like padding. The actual chase is well-scripted – it’s a series of events with cause-and-effect instead of being random things, and it’s pulled off impressively for a project this relatively small and a director in Mullens’ position. It’s solidly done. As an advertisement? It’s an accurate portrayal of the series’ best and what DRIV3R was clearly intended to be. The difference is, DRIV3R is a 5-year game released after 4 and Run the Gauntlet was made in 3 days; who knew?