Gosling takes us to the limit
It's like the whole world went mad for just a couple of weeks, that is when Drive was released, it became a massive hit with the critics and public alike. I've waited till after the honeymoon to watch drive, so I suppose the only real question is, will Drive make me want to reverse park or just keep on cruising?
You know sometimes reviewing films can become boring, tedious even, but few films have demanded me to review them more then Drive. It's a film that grabs your attention and holds onto it for the duration. For once I don't feel like I'm saying to much this early on in the review by saying that Drive is a film every human should see, because it's beautiful and powerful on so many different levels.
Here is what's clever about Drive. The film's title tells you everything about the movie, the whole thing is played out like one long journey, the main character is only referred to as "Driver" and what he does in the movie is, drive. Drive is simplistic in its plot and ideas, however that doesn't mean it's not majestic in doing so and not gripping.
Hossein Amini (the writer) has created a film that from it's opening, has an obvious and inevitable ending, one we can see coming from a mile away; but yet when it's happens we are still shocked,! We are surprised to see what we knew, must happen since half way through the movie. That's the true power of cinema, to show us what we expect and still make it surprising.
That's taking nothing away from Nicolas Winding Refn's directing ability, the way in which he makes the violence stark for us is impressive; in today's market we are hand fed meaningless violence continually. However in Drive, when the moments do come, they stick out and really hit home.
Maybe, it's that the piece is so simplistic and realistic which is it's greatest asset! there is nothing fantastical about Drive, it doesn't even try to be anything earth shattering, it only has one aim to be a brilliant movie! And in that goal is succeeds.
Drive only has 7 real characters in the film, it doesn't need any more, why would it? It's a film about one man and his journey, and that man is played by Ryan Gosling. Gosling is a man of many talents, and never have they been so well put together then in Drive. I truly believe that this could be the greatest role he ever plays, this is his Alfie, his Godfather! Of course there are other stars and characters in the movie, but in truth most of them are only there to make Gosling look better, and it works.
A lot of people have spoken about the soundtrack, so I'm not going to. But rest assured, it's awesome and you will want to buy it.
From it's opening signal check, to the moment the keys come out the ignition; Drive is impressive, powerful, unassuming and cool. Drive is a perfect movie, watch it.
In a word: amazing. Yes, it's a genre film with a simple plot, but based on the sparse novel by James Sallis and filtered through the European sensibilities of Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising) it becomes so much more. Splattered with the blood of other genres the fairy tale nature of the story - a damsel in distress rescued from an evil king and his warriors by a brave knight in shining armour - takes on a style that places the movie somewhere between the cool blue LA of Michael Mann and the otherworldliness of Leone's spaghetti westerns.
From the neon-pink credits, retro soundtrack to the minimal dialogue, this is a film that proudly wears its influences on its satin-covered sleeve. Hacks steal but geniuses copy, and Refn has made Drive so much more than the sum of its parts. Characters feel like archetypes until the faultless cast give them life that strains at their moulds. Locations seem unrelated - an apartment, a garage, a pizza parlour - until they are tied together by the thin strip of asphalt under Driver's wheels. The plot may be familiar but the love story is so natural, played out in looks and gestures, with the weight of emotion so heavy in what's left unsaid, that it's achingly - hauntingly - beautiful.
It's the beauty that makes the violence all the more shocking. Like a Grimm brothers' fairy tale this is a story that's not afraid to spill blood. Driver lives in a world of physicality and violence - of things that can be smashed apart and put back together. When he's pushed into the criminal world he's tried so hard to stay on the edge of, Driver shows that he's more than capable of pushing back much harder. This isn't needless violence; it's simply the tool he uses to get things done.
This is not film full of car chases, nor is it a movie about a heist gone wrong. Aside from its literal meaning, 'drive' suggests determination, grit and courage in the face of adversity. Drive is about love, and what someone will do to protect it.
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Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play. Drive is the story of a Hollywood stunt driver by day (Ryan Gosling), a loner by nature, who moonlights as a top-notch getaway driver-for-hire in the criminal underworld. He finds himself a target for some of LA's most dangerous men after agreeing to aid the husband of his beautiful neighbour, Irene (Carey Mulligan). When the job goes dangerously awry, the only way he can keep Irene and her son alive is to do what he does best-Drive!
Los Angeles-set car chase thriller from Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn. Ryan Gosling stars as Driver, a Hollywood stunt performer who earns extra money working as a getaway driver for jewellery heists and bank robberies. Having become friendly with his neighbour, Irene (Carey Mulligan), and her son, Benecio (Kaden Leos), the Driver agrees to help Irene's husband (Oscar Isaac) escape from a robbery with the funds to pay off a gangland debt. Unfortunately, the job goes horribly wrong and Driver ends up on the run with a bag of loot in the boot of his car and a procession of ruthless gangsters - including Nino (Ron Perlman) and Bernie (Albert Brooks) - hot on his tail.