Drive [2010] Movie Review Recommendation

Drive [2011]

Although you might get the impression that this movie is quite fast paced and action packed, it is not. So, be prepared for large portions of it in which almost nothing will happen and some really intense action scenes that make up for that and actually create quite a strong contrast. I am guessing that while reading this same thing as a book you would be more richly rewarded, but what can you do (well, if you’re not as lazy as me, you can actually read a book). Ryan Gosling seems to be quite popular, and in this particular role he didn’t have to do much of acting since most of the time he’s just standing around looking calculated and calm, but when he explodes… And if you’re fans of Bryan Cranston, here’s another movie with him, doing what he does best (well, this time it is not manufacturing drugs :).

Drive tells a simple story of Driver, an unnamed stunt performer who also does driving jobs for various criminals. With a strict code (he’s only missing a dead father who talks to him now) he managed to stay under the radar (what a clever joke) and alive, but as he meets Irene, an attractive young female living down the hall, this will change. Managing his real job, criminal job and now a new job that he has to do in order to save Irene and her son from the ruthless criminals that are threatening them because of her dumb-ass husband. During all this time his manager Shannon (Bryan Cranston) borrows 300.000 $ from a local gangster to buy a race car and enter a lucrative business of racing along with Driver. All this will result in one hell of a mess…

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Oscar Isaac, Ron Perlman

Fun Facts: The Driver and Irene actually say very little to each other, primarily because Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan felt that their scenes should be more focused on the mood and refused to say many of the scripted lines. Mulligan summarized making the film as “staring longingly at Ryan Gosling for hours each day.”


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