Brian Moreira’s review published on Letterboxd :
The Scorpion and the Frog
"One day, a scorpion looked around at the mountain where he lived and decided that he wanted a change. So he set out on a journey through the forests and hills. He climbed over rocks and under vines and kept going until he reached a river .."
The scorpion sees a frog by the other side of the river and asks if the frog could help him to cross it. Suspicious, the frog asks the scorpion how would he know that if he try to help him, the scorpion wouldn't try to kill him. The scorpion says that if he kills him, he would die too because he can't swim.
So the frog agreed to help the scorpion and took him into his back to cross the river. Halfway across the river, the frog felt a sharp sting in his back and saw the scorpion remove his stinger from the frog's back.
"You fool!" croaked the frog, "Now we shall both die! Why on earth did you do that?" The scorpion shrugged and said:
"I could not help myself. It is my nature."
The Driver and Benicio
"- Is he a bad guy?
- How can you tell?
- Because he's a shark.
- There's no good sharks?"
Both the dialogue on the shark be bad or not and the story of the scorpion and the frog are metaphors about the nature of the individual. The driver lives in an isolated, tense and dark world. But he doesn't want to continue living this way. He sees a way out when he meets Irene, the best thing that ever happened to him.
Also, the soundtrack talks about being real human being and a real hero. This is a perfect lyric to describe the main character. This is how The Driver is. He's a hero in an obscure world who wants a change.
When Benicio tells him the shark is bad because it's a shark, the Driver's countenance is thoughtful and sad because he sees himself as the shark, who's nature is to be bad, such as the scorpion of the story who end up dead because he can't help himself against his nature. Is not a matter of style that the Driver has the scorpion on the back of his jacket.
This film is fully amazing, from the cinematography to each single detail. Masterpiece.