This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
There are no clean getaways.
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver seems to be trying to escape his shady past as he falls for his neighbor - whose husband is in prison and who's looking after her child alone. Meanwhile, his garage mechanic boss is trying to set up a race team using gangland money, which implicates our driver as he is to be used as the race team's main driver. Our hero gets more than he bargained for when he meets the man who is married to the woman he loves.
DRIVER leaves his apartment to the noise of Desire's "Under Your Spell", which has been nonsensically playing at Standard and Irene's party next door to the zombied joy of their guests. DRIVER looks to their door, to see if perhaps the staff at Pitchfork had robbed the place and left their iTunes playlist behind.
We pause for 4 seconds, as IRENE must calibrate her emptiest gaze in an attempt to convey longing, and match DRIVER's own highway speed emptiness disguised as longing.
We pause for 5 more seconds, IRENE has clearly sensed a staring contest has begun. DRIVER puts on his best Creepface to gain an advantage.
IRENE: Sorry about the noise
An Open Letter to Ryan Gosling,
So, first off, I'd just like to say that I really enjoyed your performance in this film. Had a real satisfying 'postmodern man with no name' kinda vibe to it. Nice one. Not so much with the Gangster Squad thing. I guess that was probably one of those projects that looked better on paper, huh? Hey, you win some, you lose some. I haven't seen The Place Beyond The Pines yet, but I'm pretty sure I'll like that one, too. You sure have come a long way since that bizarre tv show about the highschool on a cruise ship. Never really got into that one, but a jobs a job, right?
Before you ask, this is not my first Refn movie. In that way, I can know that:
- He still likes to dress his crooks with light grey pants and have some of them bald, like if they were still living in Denmark.
- He still uses an awesome techno soundtrack (with some pop touches that I can forgive) to open his films and to close them. The underground nudist dive bars / seedy joints cannot be omitted, of course.
- He has perfected his visual style all the way from Pusher (1996) until Bronson (2008), including the immaculate camera placement and the golden lightning he uses for illuminating the darkest corners. The camera is a silent stalker, intimidating and…
the part where he drives the car? classic
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"Sorry about the noise."
"I was gonna call the cops."
"I wish you would."
Disciplined, intoxicating cinema; a nuts and bolts crime thriller titillated through Nicolas Winding Refn's vivid neon aesthetic. Formed by gentle smiles and intimate, silent romance, Drive continues to electrify viewers because its stakes are based in unspoken feelings and heavy hearts. "A Real Hero" fills the air as the Driver, Irene and Benicio visit paradise, if only for a little while before trouble shows up back at home. Oscar Isaac's somber performance still casts an uncertain light onto the film's searing moments of connection; an aura visually evident by Isaac's shadow cast against the wall during a hallway conversation between the Driver and Irene, stretching…
Breathtaking cinematography, and a stimulating soundtrack, work together to make Nicholas Winding Refn's Drive one of the most seductive pieces of cinema in recent years. Its polished neo-noir style is intoxicating, taking a lustrous Los Angeles skyline at night as a backdrop to its story of crime and revenge. Often criticized for its overuse of the pause, it is the film’s confident handling of tension and catharsis that makes it a silently powerful thriller.
Ryan Gosling is our hero without a name, the protagonist of a modern day fairytale, and on paper his story is simple. A mechanic turned stunt man and getaway driver, he befriends his neighbour Irene (Carey Mulligan), and through helping her husband ends up inadvertently involved…
Shit got really intense really quickly.
Was surprised at the route this movie took, a good heist/driving film would definitely recommend a watch
I was anxious to check out Refn's American debut and I'm happy to say that I was absolutely entertained, but make no mistake Drive is an amazingly dumb, fucking movie. It's certainly no Bronson or Pusher trilogy, but it's head and shoulders better than Valhalla Rising. That said the film suffers from a bit of an identity crisis and there's more than a little unintentional comedy.
Ryan Gosling (who really is a fantastic actor....generally) plays a part time mechanic, part time Hollywood stunt driver, part time wheel man and aspiring NASCAR driver simply referred to as the "kid" who spends the duration of the film running around dressed as a character from a 1980's Brett Easton Ellis novel with a…
Not much to be said that hasn't been said already. If you haven't seen this film watch it immediately.
A visceral, existential masterpiece.
I can't find a reason to dislike this movie. It's a polished piece of crime thriller with very memorable scenes of violence and understated romance - and it works very damn well as that.
The film that transformed Ryan Gosling into the man we know today, Drive is one of the most fascinating character studies to come out of the Nicolas Winding Refn canon and it marks one of the few times in his career when style and substance perfectly mesh into an appetising whole.
The blood-pumping Cliff Martinez soundtrack is there, as is the beautiful imagery and brutal violence, but it’s presented through the lens of daylight and the yearnings of hope and love. Every step Gosling’s Driver makes in the right direction propels the story into further uncertainty and yet faith in some form of happy ending never falters as every move he makes is delivered with the intention of saving the…
It really touches my heart, you know, the score, the romance, the violence, the Driving...It's all pretty great.
Isn't Drive just great
One per year otherwise this list would be WAY too long. I define the biggest snubs as the ones that…
preferably more than one scene
feel free to suggest more