Drive ★★★½


It's only after watching this that I realized most of real-life crime is excruciatingly quiet. That is until the bullet crescendos kick in. Refn makes it clear right from the beginning that the 'driving' element isn't so much the fantastical car chases but the movement of focus between the characters, even if that pulls away from moments of much-needed tension. Our protagonist doesn't even have a name, his past is questionable, yet his strive for heroism is existential. His enigma is defined by the rich gallery of supporting actors who surround him. Each one has clear visions of their hopes and fears -- which may or may not find it's way on our driver's route.

It's elegant and well-layered, shifting what appears to be an action-crime to a provoking film noir -- it's pulsing energy thriving not in our hero, but in the shadows that lurk. Loved the techno vibes and GORGEOUS shots of nighttime LA, kind of reminded me of Jordan Cronenweth's work because OBVIOUSLY. LA’s urban fabric is so malleable that even it's modern image looks like the foundations of a sci-fi utopia.