Drive 2011 ★★½

“How ’bout this? You shut your mouth. Or I’ll kick your teeth down your throat and I’ll shut it for you.” Driver

There’s a lot to like about this movie, from the stellar direction to the cool pacing to the A-list cast. Unfortunately, none of these things can hide the fact that Drive is essentially an empty film – a surprisingly predictable style-over-substance affair that abandons minimalism in favor of gleefully bloody mayhem. Leonard Maltin says it best: “For me, Drive is all attitude, punctuated by unpleasant bursts of violence. If that’s what passes for cutting-edge filmmaking, or storytelling, we’re in trouble.” Yes, we are, Mr. Maltin. Yes, we are.

Rated R for Strong brutal bloody violence, language, and some nudity. Not recommended.