Drive (2011)

Drive (2011)


Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan star in this crime thriller about a movie stuntman who also works as a getaway driver for the mafia. Nominated for the Palme d'Or and winner of Best Director at Cannes 2011. From director Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson), adapted from the James Sallis novel.... More

When a planned heist goes wrong, Gosling's unnamed getaway driver is blamed. LA's most dangerous criminal (Albert Brooks) puts out a contract on his life and he goes on the run through the streets of Los Angeles, while protecting his love interest (Mulligan) and her son. Hide

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About half-way through Drive, Bernie Rose, the mid-level LA mobster character played by Albert Brooks, is talking about his past as a producer of action movies in the ‘80s. “Some people described them as…‘European’…” he says. Both times I’ve seen Drive, this line elicited a mild murmur of recognition from the audience, as he is essentially describing the movie he is in.... More

On paper, Drive sounds pretty generic and at one point was destined to be a stock-standard action movie with Hugh Jackman in the lead role. Thankfully, Ryan Gosling and crazy Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson; Valhalla Rising) came on board and created a modern masterpiece of stylistic austerity and unfettered cool.

A neon and synth-laden ‘80s fever dream, Drive manages to hold back where similar films go over the top. The opening car chase is excruciatingly slow, creating a sustained air of uneasy tension that finds release in brief flashes of extreme violence.

Gosling commands the screen with the effortless cool of Newman or McQueen – he has very few lines, but his actions speak volumes. Refn infuses even the most minor characters with complex identities, with Brooks and Ron Pearlman both delivering scorching supporting performances. Only Carey Mulligan (An Education), as the love interest, seems a little bit out of place.

A firecracker up the backside of the bloated modern action movie, Drive shows just how emotive and poetic the genre can be.Hide

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BY yuefei superstar

Part of me is very tempted to call this a "Taxi Driver" set in the 21st century and a different American city. I mean, there's good reason for that, since both are bloated with ultra-violence (but "Drive" gets away with a lot more blood and guts). But stylistically, the two are very different, not to mention I couldn't take "Drive" half as seriously as I did "Taxi Driver" (which is why I find this film so charming).

Surprisingly though, by the time the song that I found hilarious both... More lyrically and sonically (it didn't seem to fit in with the tone of the film at the time) ended up transforming the ending sequence into something meaningful and, dare I say, poignant.

Drive, in my opinion, has quite a few flaws.

Plot-wise, this really isn't anything special (but the twists still hit good), as with all Refn films. It's the delivery that "drives" this film. Speaking of which, if the action sequences don't fill you head to toe with adrenaline, then you're not a real human being. Some of the effects were a little unconvincing, but honestly kind of add to my overall enjoyment of the film, or at least to its sense of "Refn". Cinematography felt inconsistent, but was pleasing and interesting for the most part. I had a few problems with the lighting, but it didn't distract too much from the experience. As I'd previously mentioned, I found the soundtrack to be a little out of place, but that seems to be more personal preference, seeing that others seemed to find it fitting.

Characters were fine I guess, the protagonist by far has the most interesting and complex role, which Ryan Gosling does a stunning job with. The criminal figures seemed pretty run-of-the-mill to me, but even so we still get glimpses into their lives that suggest that they are more than stereotypes and bring dimensions to them. Really sympathised with Standard and the Driver, not to mention Walter White was very likeable. Carey Mulligan's character was, by far, the most flat, but never got to the point of obnoxiousness, though she was getting close. The romance that was present in the first half of the film was almost laughable, but once again, it added to this sense of absurdity throughout the entire thing. This chemistry of the melodramatic woman and the mysterious, silent man.

Refn's obsession with Violence and Revenge really shows through the blurred morality that underlines the entire film, which shows that it's much more complex than what it appears to be.

Recommended to pretty much anyone who likes things a bit strange, a bit violent, and aren't afraid of gore. Entertaining, but a bit heavy.

Try to go in as blind as possible.

That is all.Hide

BY Hugo-Burns superstar

Awesome soundtrack. Visually stimulating visuals. Superb cast. A modern day Taxi Driver at it's best.

BY JackWallace superstar

Drive is flawless. This isn't you're standard action movie, Drive is a blood-pumping thrill-ride, stylishly directed and beautifully acted, blended with surreal, ultra violence. Drive starts with Ryan Gosling in a hotel room, talking on the phone about what he does and his rules as a getaway driver. "If I drive for you, you give me a time and a place, I give you a five minute window. Anything happens in that five minute and I'm yours. No matter what. Anything happens a minute either side of... More that five minutes and you're own. I don't sit in while your running it down. I don't carry a gun. I drive". Those unforgettable words that comes out of Gosling's mouth are incredible. Kavinsky's Nightcall plays perfectly in the opening credits. Every performance is amazing. Ryan Gosling gives the best performance of the year as the nameless Driver. Veteran actor Albert Brooks plays Bernie Rose, a retired producer of 80's action films (described as "european") turned gangster. Brooks is definitely deserving of a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Oscars. Also the rest of the supporting cast is fantastic. Featuring Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston with Ron Perlman, Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan. It's a slow paced film but without being boring. Drive is not a movie for everyone. Some may find it too artsy or too violent. I loved It. Drive is a masterpiece.Hide

In the hands of another Director this film could easily have been yet another standard action movie. Yet Nicolas Winding Refn skilfully guides the audience at his own pace through this story resulting in a smoky, saccharine 80's style neo-noir with a phenomenal soundtrack. The outbursts of violence are blunt and vicious, but stylish and lyrical.

Ryan Gosling's "The Driver" is the epitome of the strong and silent type that our generation has not seen. His backstory is nil, we don't even know... More his name. His spoken lines are minimal but his character's integrity and purpose are never doubted.Hide

BY clararar superstar

Judging by the other reviews this film is highly divisive - you'll either love it or hate it, and if you go in expecting a high-octane Jason-Statham-esque action flick, you'll probably fall into the latter camp. Drive is definitely an arthouse movie, and the performances by Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan are masterful. Both actors are able to speak volumes by their actions and expressions without relying on dialogue, something missing in most modern Hollywood flicks. The action sequences, when... More it happens, are riveting, and the graphic violence will make you squirm in your seat, but all adds to the atmosphere of the story. And the open-ish ending is perfect as well.Hide

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