STARRING: Lee Je Hoon, Esom, Kim Eui Sung, Pyo Ye Jin, Cha Ji Yeon, Jang Hyuk Jin, Bae Yoo Ram etc.
SUMMARY: Taxi Driver is a drama that focus on employees from a taxi company. On the surface, it appears to be a legit company. However, underneath the facade, a separate organization named Rainbow Transport was operating.
Rainbow transport is a organization that specialises in helping victims or family members of victims against criminals whom either slipped away from the law or they do not get sufficient sentence against them. The rainbow transport consist of the boss Jang Sung Chul (Kim Eui Sung), the taxi driver Kim Do Ki (Lee Je Hoon), a hacker Ahn Go Eun (Pyo Ye Jin) and two mechanics Choi Kyung Goo (Jang Hyuk Jin) and Park Jin Eon (Bae Yoo Ram).
While the Rainbow Transport continued to operate, Prosecutor Kang Ha Na (Esom) noticed that criminals started to go missing, and found that before these criminals disappeared, they last encountered a taxi…
PLOT: As a revenge genre drama, Taxi Driver did not waste time to attracting viewers to the show. While it was common for revenge genre drama to have the main characters partake in vigilante activities, what made Taxi Driver stood out was that they presented a different perspective.
There was not a single moment where I felt the drama was uninteresting. This drama managed to invoked a series of emotions throughout the entire 16 episodes. This drama also managed to highlight some of the current society issues and limitations of the law. What I felt was interesting was that this drama also used elements of an actual case as part of the drama.
The drama was also well thought through with the various mini arcs and how each of them add colours to the overall Taxi Driver plot. The ending of this series had also made this drama enjoyable.
CHARACTERS: While the title suggests that the main lead is the taxi driver Kim Do Ki (by Lee Je Hoon), the drama did not focus heavily on him and had also given the rest of the characters moments that they could shine as well.
Each of the characters had their own story to tell and personally, apart from Kim Do Ki’s backstory, I liked Ahn Go Eun’s as well. Her backstory and her character growth had shown throughout the show; this made her character likeable.
ACTING: I never watched Lee Je Hoon’s previous works before so this was my first time watching one of his work. However, Taxi Driver does show how versatile he is as an actor. He had portrayed a range of characters throughout the entire drama, which added a lot of colours and made this drama interesting. I felt that this drama would not feel the same without his superb acting.
The rest of the casts had done a wonderful job as well; from Pyo Ye Jin’s acting to Cha Ji Yeon’s, they were all great in the roles assigned, which made this drama an enjoyable one.
OVERALL: I think Taxi Driver is a wonderful drama overall and I highly recommend this. However, this drama does cover some society issues, which may be uncomfortable to some.
Additionally, based on what I know, there is going to be a second season for Taxi Driver, which is schedule for a release in 2022. Hopefully, the second season matches up to this!
Taxi Driver is available on VIU.
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