Nicolas Winding Refn
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Drive, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, about a Hollywood stunt performer (Gosling) who moonlights as a wheelman for criminals discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 232
- Fresh: 215
- Rotten: 17
- Average Rating: 8.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: In reworking genres without quoting shamelessly, Refn proves himself his own man and a guy quite capable of taking us places we didn't even know we wanted to go.
Fresh: Drive is pedal-to-the-metal stuff. Don't get behind the wheel unless you can take the rush.
Fresh: This is no antic-frantic affair; instead, it's a cerebral game of stop-and-go, hide-and-seek, as the director behind the camera handles things exactly like the guy behind the wheel - with a stylish mixture of cold calculation and cool aplomb.
Fresh: Drive is a movie with power but is still directionless; the acceleration is great, but the steering needs looking at.
MODERN FILMMAKING AT ITS FINEST!
The first time I saw the trailer for "Drive", I just knew it would prove itself to be one of the most well-crafted and visually stunning films of the year. With its all-star cast, beautifully haunting score, and powerful script, the film was way too good to pass up seeing on opening day. And I'd honestly be lying if I didn't say that it's, by far, my favorite movie of 2011, and I'll tell you why. For starters, there's the brilliant plot. The flick's unnamed hero (Ryan Gosling), known simply as Driver, works as a Hollywood stunt performer by day and moonlights as a wheelman for criminals by night. Though a loner by nature, Driver can't help falling in love with his beautiful neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), a vulnerable young mother dragged into a dangerous underworld by the return of her ex-convict husband Standard (Oscar Isaac). But after a heist intended to pay off Standard's protection money spins unpredictably out of control, our protagonist finds himself driving defense for the girl he loves, tailgated by a syndicate of deadly criminals. Although when he realizes that the gangsters are after more than the bag of cash in his trunk-that they're coming straight for Irene and her son-Driver is forced to shift gears and go on the offense. Gosling gives a firecracker of a performance as the movie's gracefully nonchalant main character. What I really appreciate about his role is that he doesn't try to stand out against the crowd, but rather attempt to blend into the background while keeping his emotions and intentions to himself. But once the film finally kicks into high gear, the reserved manner Gosling initially displays is almost drastically replaced by a fierce, revenge-fueled drive that can't be left unquenched. It's truly a sight to be seen, especially on the big screen. Carey Mulligan also gives a commendable performance as Driver's love interest Irene. Her silently subtle emotional expressions are only matched by her unwavering beauty. But the actors who really stand out in this incredible motion picture are Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman, who play Bernie Rose and Nino, the villainous middle-aged gangsters whom Driver is out to kill. Brooks particularly gives one of the best performances of his career as a mercilessly ruthless murderer who'll pull out all the stops to get what he wants, while Perlman gives some of the most witty dialogue in the entire movie. But besides the phenomenal acting, "Drive" has so many more great things to offer underneath its hood. The crisp cinematography is nothing short of breathtaking, the hyer-stylized, violent action scenes are shockingly intense, and the screenplay moves at a refreshingly fast pace. Director Nicolas Winding Refn has created a moody arthouse action flick with echoes of everything from such classics as "To Live and Die In L.A." to "Pulp Fiction" to "Bullitt". It's an epic, adrenaline-fueled shot to the senses that doesn't let up till its emotionally tense ending. Of course, a movie like "Drive" might not be suited to everyone's tastes, but in my eyes, it's an incredible, irresistible work of modern movie magic. It's basically everything you could want from a neo-noir and more.
Wow is the word....just wow.
This film felt like a secret I was let in on. The sordid, distressing undertones command the viewers curiosity from beginning to end. The brilliant Ryan Gosling I know and love from Half Nelson is back and I couldn't be more pleased. Wonderful. Highly recommended.
Ryan Gosling is the Man…or Driver!!
This movie is too good that words can't describe how awesome this is. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who wants the opposite of The Fast and the Furious and just want a good - honest story.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2011
- © 2011 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved.
- Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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