Movie Review – Drive

Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, Christina Hendricks

Genre: Neo Noire, Crime, Thriller

My Rating: 4/5 (Very Good)

Drive is a “hypnotic” heist movie directed by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn. It is a frighteningly calm movie which slowly unfolds into a violent thriller. Drive narrates the story of an unknown getaway driver who also happens to be a part time Hollywood stuntman.

The first half of the film shows the mysterious getaway driver (Gosling) stylishly helping out a bunch of robbers carry out a successful heist. The film then slowly delves into developing a relationship between the driver and his neighbour Irene (Carry Mulligan) and her young son. It also shows his connection to Shannon (Cranston) a garage owner where Gosling works as a mechanic. The movie takes a turn when Irene’s husband Standard (Oscar Isaac) is back after serving his term in jail. Standard is being chased by the men of an Albanian gangster to whom he owes protection money. The gangster threatens to go after his family if he doesn’t pay the money back.  Gosling agrees to help him carry out a heist which will enable him to pay the money back. However, things go wrong and we watch the real side of Gosling’s character. This part of the movie is shockingly violent.

The movie doesn’t have a very complicated plot.  It carries a very hypnotic kind of atmosphere. Backed by a slow moving electronic background score, long and drawn out scenes between the stuntman and Irene with Gosling showing limited expressions often limited to a smile, gives you a very eerie feel. You will almost mistake it to be a romance-drama movie when all of a sudden the movie slides into its blood soaked second half. In this half the characters are killed in unimaginable ways. Goslings character turns from a getaway driver into a revenge seeking killer.

Watch this film for the superb performances by Gosling and Mulligan. Gosling is stylishly brilliant in the movie. I like his pick of movies. From The Notebook to Blue Valentine, Crazy Stupid Love to Ides of March and now Drive. He has really shown that he can act in almost any kind of movie flawlessly. He is the next big thing in Hollywood in my view. Apart from Gosling and Mulligan, the film also features Ron Perlman, Bryan Cranston and Albert Brooks. Sadly Ron Perlman has a very limited role and not the kind which truly reflects his talents. The film is adopted from James Sallis novel of the same name which released in 2005.

Watch this movie at night. It will surely blow you apart!