Drive is one of those rare movies that defies every expectation you have going into it with the most brilliant of aplomb; the type where you have no idea what's going to happen a second from now at any moment in the film. In the event you're reading this capsule and haven't seen this movie, I'll spare you and refrain from mentioning the plot in any way shape, or form, but I will say this: as much as this film benefits from its surprises, it only strengthens with repeated viewings. It is a deep and rich examination of consequence, responsibility, the roles we impose upon ourselves out of self-expectation, and our often very violent lives. It is a hallmark of existential brilliance, a neo-noir steeped in rich neon tones and a pounding synth soundtrack that is the best to come out of a film in years. It is the best film of 2011, the academy be damned, and it is a modern classic.
Edit: the hype train has left the station, but this is still a pretty great movie. Regret calling it the best of 2011 though (sorry, Take Shelter and Tree of Life, my bad)