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 picking up a heist or two. Offering five minutes of his time for the job, no more, no less then expertly driving to escape. From scene one this film is beautiful, pounding, at times genuinely terrifying and as good an action thriller as you're likely to see for quite a while. The soundtrack, based in techno but reaching so far beyond that is haunting at times but never less than a perfect fit. This is my first time in a long while to wonder how soon I can get the CD soundtrack only 10 minutes in. Carey Milligan plays the neighbour, a young mother to a cute kid whose father is inside. Gosling's on screen chemistry with Mulligan is electric, only using words when absolutely necessary, every movement carefully thought out and every emotion hidden. This makes the horrific violence that much more shocking when it happens. Gosling is as effortlessly cool as he is truly frightening. Scenes are shot with dramatic and voyeuristic angles, seeing character's actions and reactions in mirrors or from an awkward angle as if you are realistically part of the conversation. A genuinely absorbing movie with real character involvement. I'm not even mentioning car chases to rival Bullitt or The Bourne Identity at its best. Some scenes have echoes of a superhero at work, a man with morals and a dogged determination to protect what he loves at all costs. When a heist goes disastrously wrong you can almost hear the cogs turn as Gosling attempts to set things right. With moments of true tenderness in stark contradiction to cover your eyes terror, this film is like no other I've seen. From a girls point of view, there's a kiss that would blow Spidey's upside down socks off followed immediately by the most horrific, in your face, murder I've ever witnessed on the silver screen. Incredible. A collaboration between Gosling himself and Danish Director Nicolas Winding Refn and based on the novel by James Sallis, Drive is an instant classic. Receiving wide acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival it is truly frightening, flawless and beautiful, I want to see this again. And again. And again.
Seen it in Cannes. Amazing movie. Really great performance from Gosling too!
5 stars!? This better be good! :P
wow. if mike sheridan says it's that good than it must be. can't wait!
I'll be watching it based solely on the cast, if it's great then all the better.
Go see this movie, it's good.
I just saw this movie in vancouver...One of the best I have ever seen. My heart was pounding after the first scene. Gosling is perfect and Brooks is so believable as a bad ass. Great soundtrack too. I will go see it again...despite the elevator violence Or maybe because of it.
Looking forward to seeing this. Has to be a Drive in movie though :-)
Jesus &ishouldknow doesnt half s**te on.
Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn is making quite a name for himself in the English-speaking world. He made the highly atmospheric but little-seen Viking movie Valhalla Rising last year. Drive however will be his calling card to Hollywood. It's definitely one of the year's most memorable films, although for me it fell just short of classic status due to its slowly moving dialogue scenes (do people really talk that slowly?). It's soaked in atmosphere and Los Angeles is filmed as if it was a Michael Mann film. It's like an 80s film even right down to the pumping soundtrack, but shot in the present day. And Ryan Gosling continues to impress with his range. Highly recommended.
This movie is rating high at the moment for stylistic reasons but is a flash in the pan and does not deserve 5 stars in my view which I think will be proved in the long run. It is a pretentious soulless movie. Watched it last night and the cinema was quite full for a Tuesday probably based on the good reviews but on leaving it was obvious the majority were disappointed even depressed by the movie and would have been better off had they spent their time and money doing something else. The highlight of the experience was chatting with friends before the movie and trying to cheer each other up after it. There was a long build up to the heist from which point one hoped the movie would pick up but the pace remained the same largely to the end with long drawn out moments of silence or very slow conversation. I bought my tickets for this movie but did I buy into it, not a hope. Everything was muted, soft focused, subtle mixed in with moments of madness at the opposite raw end of the spectrum. One of the few memorable highlights for me was the main chase scene but that too was cut short. In general everything in the movie was cut short despite the long drawn out sparse conversations as if it was purposely underdeveloped to leave questions open like an art house movie. Some of the main players are interesting but we don't get a good proper look at them. The closest thing to a character study is Gosling's and his skills are to be appreciated but did the audience feel for him like they did for another quietly spoken maniac trying to stay on the right side of the fence such as Viggo Mortensen's character in 'A History of Violence'. I don't think so... This probably was never the aim of the director anyhow but it sure as heck would have helped us care for Gosling's character more. In fact we grew to dislike or judging by the few laughs in the theater mock him. So don't expect to be entertained, perhaps intrigued or wanting a refund!
I thought it was going to be another action car film, but i was surprised i enjoyed it very much,gritty and interesting, even though it was a low budget film it was somehow better being low budget, and the way the scenes were written with not alot of dialogue were great it was very intriguing.I felt drawn into that world. Its a must see i give it 5 stars and i will be buying it on dvd.
I agree with Hedonist, I thought this movie was over-rated. I thought Goslings acting was non existent, he was like a wooden Steve McQueen. The movie itself was like a cheap mans Cohen brothers movie. It was slow and violent for the sake of it. Someone said here it was good for a low-budget movie, it cost 13 million to make, not very low-budget. Empty cost 10K to make and its a much better movie, now thats low budget.
Went to see Drive last night and i must say it was better than I was expecting. From the opening scene and credits it reminded me of GTA Vice City. I gave this film a go as my boyfriend wanted to see it and I figured the car scenes would keep me entertained. I ended up enjoying the film a lot. It wasn't the kind of film that was all about fast cars and women often like The Fast and the Furious series thankfully and the main characters profession as a stunt driver really worked well in the story. With a great story story line and a lot of action as well as suspense the film borders in some scenes as almost too graphic, leaving audience members shocked and some of the women screaming. I wasn't expecting the violence that was in it but it tied in well. It is a film I will definitely watch again in the future and I think people should see it
Phenomenal film. One of the few that I have ever seen that still lingers a week after I have seen it. The trailer does not give an accurate indication of the movie thematically at all. Gosling was simply brilliant, cold, calculating with a visceral explosive capability for violence mercifully free of the tough man swagger I was half expecting to see. In my top 5.
enjoyable but over rated movie . Gosling acting was not that great , speaks very few words and looks stiff . I would say 3 stars . The plot had mnay potholes in it and did not make sense and violence was too graphic for some ( not me ) .
I really did not enjoy this movie and I cannot understand why it received such great reviews. First of all it was far too gruesome and the story line was not entertaining. There was no interesting twist and it was very predictable. They tried to make the movie alternative and artistic with the use silence, interesting camera angles and unusual music but for me this did not work. Almost like they really were trying. I have seen a lot better!
Saw it today, its an absolutely savage movie. But its not for everybody, simple as.
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 influence. Again Gosling shows his off his skill not only in acting through the bones of his character but also in his choice of who he works with and what he works on. Working as a two bit stunt man and moonlighting as a getaway driver, Gosling falls for his neighbour who has a young son. I won't go to much into the story, but this is a very stylish and classy composition. For those looking for something along the lines of Transporter, this isn't the movie for you. Nicely paced with well placed minimalist action and well placed scenes of violence, this is one for real film lovers. Faultless. Loved it. 11/10
Someone told me 'go see this movie, its good', and someone else told me 'its actually unreal, you should really go see it'. Both these staements grossly undersold the film to me. There is no word that can descrobe how good it is.....Is that a sell?
It is a great film, really stays with you. Feel the urge to go see it again. I closed my eyes for all the really violent bits, (could see them coming)
Biggest load of s**te!!!!! Do not go! 5 stars is because the critic is up his own arse thinking his own s**te smells like perfum!!!! s**t film - do not go, save your money
I love Ryan Gosling and I usually 100% agree with Mike's reviews but I have to say Drive was woefull!! And I was so looking forward to it!! It just seemed like they forgot to bother with much of a script and decided to let Mr Gosling look all intense in a gold jacket carry the entire affair...
loved this, one of the best films i've seen in a long time. wanted to see it again as soon as it was over, sountrack was awesome. can't add much to what was said above, but for anyone that said gosling was stiff, did you ever think it was a characteristic of the person he was playing? brilliant brilliant film, definitely in my top 5.
"Ranking alongside Heat and Gone Baby Gone (yes, it's that good)" - I saw it last night, it's good - but it ain't *that* good. On par with 5-star 'Metropolis' and 'Citizen Kane'?!? No. Hell no. 'Drive' has a superb indie feel to it, helped by the stoic Gosling in the lead, the efficient direction by Refn, and urban soundtrack. But never 5-stars.
i was disappointed actually. was expecting a little more action and dialogue/plot. i think its over rated also. not something i would go out and buy on dvd anyways, unfortunetly.
Not a ***** movie in my eyes.. Entertaining and Gosling was good in it.. I'd have to give it ***. First time I didn't agree with Mike.
Well worth going to see, the soundtrack rocks :)
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