Created on Wednesday, 02 November 2011 00:00
Written by Samantha See
Fasten your seat belts before heading down to Drive, a movie sure to set your adrenaline pumping.
Set in Los Angeles, Ryan Gosling plays an unnamed stunt driver who doubles up as a getaway driver for robbers at night. He gets friendly with married neighbour Irene (Carey Mulligan) and develops a romantic interest in her. The trouble appears in the form of her husband (Oscar Isaac), who is newly released from army but owes the underground a terrible deed. In a bid to help, he gets sucked into a dark, mafia-laden world.
Ryan Gosling performs brilliantly right down to the details as an isolated individual who gets into deep trouble when he opens up to another. In fact, he is so good at this that the audience felt almost compelled to root for him although we know nuts about his background, much less the origins of his fabulous driving skills. The lack of information plays well as an air of mystery. Besides the lead man, the supporting cast does well too: Carey Mulligan is angelically innocent but not annoyingly too sweet; Bryan Cranston an entertaining loser; and Albert Brooks's subdued latent diabolical evilness.
Despite its violence, with good pace, great characters, wonderful cinematography and awesome soundtracks, Drive proved that the noisiest action films aren't always the best; but one with depth. One of the best of its kind, and definitely worth the watch at the theaters – so much so that it received a standing ovation at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival with Nicholas Winding Refn (Bronson) walking away with the festival's Best Director Award.
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