A lone-wolf Hollywood stunt driver (Ryan Gosling) moonlights as a freelance getaway wheelman, and he finds his solitary existence taking on new meaning after befriending Irene (Carey Mulligan), the lonely wife of convicted felon Standard (Oscar Isaac), and her young son Benicio (Kaden Leos).
That’s let’s see a lone hero, car chases, shootouts, and bloody retribution… Drive may star hipster idol Ryan Gosling, but by hitting all the usual guy movie checkpoints, this is one film on which hipsters and guys can agree.
Drive became an instant cult classic, Slick, hyper-stylized and punctuated with its silent hero and retro styling.
Surprisingly badass performances from unlikely sources like Gosling and Albert Brooks, Nicolas Winding Refn's art-house action flick to join an esteemed list of guy-movie classics that’s dark genre movie, Drive had us hooked from the very first scene.
Modern neo-noir at its best, DRIVE is dangerous, taut and tantalizing. It’s a fairly commercial film to be shown at Cannes, and is sure to appeal to audiences on grand favorite scales that’s fires on all cylinders and is quite the adrenaline rush.
Gosling stars as Driver, a man of few words. By day, he’s a movie stunt driver and car mechanic, and by night, he’s a getaway car driver. Driver lays out his philosophy in words and action as we see his cool, calm, and collected methods. A basketball game and monitoring his police scanner, Driver always has a plan, even though it seems like he’s effortlessly making it up as he goes along.
Driver meets his impossibly-cute neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her quiet young son Benicio. He immediately takes a shine to her and the kid a shine to him. But Driver discovers that Irene’s husband, Standard (Oscar Isaac) is soon to be let out of jail.
Standard wants to reform himself, the jailbird is still being pursued by old friends who want him to pull a heist. Driver decides to lend his services to get Oscar off the hook and help Irene and Benicio.
DRIVE is a beautifully arranged, layered piece filled with loads of shock and awe as Driver’s journey progresses. There is precious little to complain about here. Gosling and Refn can take us on a “Night call” through L.A.’s seedy underbelly anytime.
Ranks of 4.5 out of 5
DRIVE had its North American premiere at The Los Angeles Film Festival on June 17th. The film opens wide on September 16th.
Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn
Written by: Hossein Amini (screenplay) & James Sallis (novel)
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Oscar Isaac, Ron Pearlman, Christina Hendricks, and Albert Brooks
Release Date: 09/16/2011
Runtime: 1 hr 40 mins