Winding we need you directing remakes right now - Eoghan Bolger
Drive is an action drama film directed by Nicholas Winding, it stars Ryan Gosling as an unnamed stuntman who also works as a courier/driver for higher for criminals.
During the course of the film the protagonist is romantically involved with his neighbour, testing a car for the mafia, later he helps an ex con pay of a debt.
The movie is 100 minutes long.
From the beginning it became clear that had I seen this film without prior knowledge of its release date or caught it channel hopping, the less informed viewer could easily mistake it for a 70s or 80's movie. Its one thing to soullessly reproduce/remake an older film but its often worse to think what a movie that's not based on anything from the past trying to be just that.
Drive isn't a remake or an adaptation of an old film or book but trounces all other efforts at crafting a story with the feel of that era in the modern day.
There is a highly vintage atmosphere here thanks to the ever proficient visual direction. Similarly the production overly oozes of that very feeling, it's a nostalgic and arresting experience and the actors and script writer understand this well.
This is highly engrossing and stylish filmmaking.
The criminals, the main character included feel like actual characters, the protagonist is cold, but he is still human and the characterization of the side character he helps pay off a debt is also quite good.
The pacing though natural and the action cold and visceral is not without some storytelling problems, it often moves too slowly and the plot is a little thin but the aesthetics are what your going into this one for.
We need this director pumping out the wave of 80s and 70s remakes.
Review published on the 27 September 2011 23:50
The opinions expressed here are those of the viewer and do not reflect those of Entertainment.ie. Entertainment.ie accepts no responsibility, legal or otherwise, for their accuracy of content. Please contact us to report abusive content
More uLike Viewer Reviews
Almost flawless modern masterpiece - Stefano Brucone
There is a telling scene at the very start of Drive which goes a long way to explaining the Ryan Gosling character. Against an electronic soundtrack that evokes memories of Crockett's theme, the... MORE
04 February 2012 20:09
Simply a must watch - smallee
At first I was skeptical as I saw Gosling being too "soft" an actor and was preparing myself to potentially sit through a film being unconvinced. I was very wrong though, and quickly found myself... MORE
22 November 2011 21:21
Stylish - A
This film had me hooked from the beginning. It has a really retro feel to it. The opening credits and the soundtrack echo the 1980s. The first part of the film is essentially a love-story and a damn... MORE
05 November 2011 18:27
usleess - moviemc
not worth crossing the road for pure rubbish film cant see how any one finds it good. MORE
17 October 2011 23:06
Cool, classy flick - pansophelia
It's been given five stars by just about everyone else who's reviewed it here, so who am I to disagree? In brief, Ryan Gosling plays the Driver. He doesn't say much, but manages to moodily express... MORE
17 October 2011 17:55
Can't wait to see this again.. - sr
This is no Hollywood blockbuster and that's what makes this such an amazing piece of work. No mega action scenes or saturation of cheesy one liners here. Very European and very art house in... MORE
12 October 2011 16:22
Slick, cool, violent cinema - Colm2305
We don't get over eighteen rated films too often anymore. Kids have money these days and their a huge market for our cinemas. Setting a barrier between them and a film will not be to the films... MORE
05 October 2011 13:48
The coolest film of the decade - Hanley
“I give you a five-minute window. Anything happens either side of that window and you're on your own.” Straight away Ryan Gosling's nameless 'Driver' sums up his character in a film that takes a... MORE
28 September 2011 06:56
Drive - Movie Watcher
Brutal, slow, and pathetic with good acting from Brian but a movie with no plot, or life. Boring parts, gory parts but all in all, all parts of this movie waste your time and money. I would rather... MORE
24 September 2011 08:46
Gritty drama with superb performances - ging-grr
I'm very glad this was chosen as the first mystery screening at Moviefest as I may have missed this gem of a film otherwise. This film gathers a phenomenol cast for a powerful dramatic piece. Ryan... MORE
20 September 2011 13:19
Beautiful, Effortlessly Cool & Terrifying - &Ishouldknow
Open scenes of Los Angeles with Ryan Gosling speaking, enjoy this as he doesn't do much of it for the duration. The premise has Gosling working as a stunt driver and part time grease monkey but also... MORE
19 September 2011 23:18