Drive

Drive

93%

Critic Review - Detroit News

Drive is pedal-to-the-metal stuff. Don't get behind the wheel unless you can take the rush.

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (23)
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Chris Truth-Patriot

Chris Truth-Patriot



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The movie is boring, lacks dialogue, and the 'driver' doesn't have any motive to justify his life risking actions.

The main character has no personality; so the movie attempts to sell his blank facial expressions, and little to no words as some sort of mystery man. This mystery has no clues, nor answers, and is a huge failure.

The main character risks his life on several occasions for a woman he rarely talked to. A 10 second lustful stare down is suppose to be the motivation of the characters multiple life risking actions.

The ending; well, there is no ending! This isn't surprising, based on the fact the bland main character doesn't have any background, personality, motive, or facial expressions. To sum it up; there is no ending because there is no movie. There is no movie, because there is no central theme, or believable motivation.

The fact this movie has overwhelming positive reviews shows the bar has been lowered for the new era of cinematography; or, that critics get a some sort of monetary incentive to sell extra tickets.

Face facts, many people often see a movie based on reviews. There are 10's of millions to be made or lost, depending on critics reviews. When you see a bad movie get overwhelmingly positive reviews; it's safe to assume the movie invested in buying critics.

Sep 20 - 07:36 AM

Chris W.

Chris W

What about those of us who aren't critics but loved this movie? Are you telling us what we are supposed to like and dislike simply because you didn't care for this movie?

Its great to have choices isn't it?

Sep 20 - 07:55 AM

adayinthelife2

David Franks

The Real Review? Oh, you mean your opinion? Don't get ahead of yourself. People find meaning in films that you can't connect with. The lack of dialogue made the film that much more effective. The fact that it can still be as emotional and cold as it is without dialogue...well, that makes it memorable. We're not supposed to really know this character. His motives and actions are supposed to unfold in front of us, telling us what kind of man he is. Refn doesn't want these preconceived notions about a character. He comes to the forefront and we, the viewer, make of it as we wish. No answers? There right in front of your eyes. You don't have to strain yourself to see what the film is trying to say. On top of this, Refn handles his camera so well. It just doesn't look nice, he cares about what he's putting in front of us.

I was really excited about this before I even saw the reviews, and I still would have seen it if the reviews were less favorable. Some of us appreciate things like this based on our own merit. Get your head out of your ass.

Sep 20 - 08:18 AM

Chris Truth-Patriot

Chris Truth-Patriot

Not only was there no main character, motivation for his life risking actions, but there was no ending.

The two undeveloped themes are underlined by the lack of an ending. The driver could get either the girl, the money, or both. What does he decide? Neither.

Neither? Well, there must be some moral reasoning for not taking the money, for banging some guys wife that just died right?

Not really, as he kills people and robs banks.

The ending only highlights there was no central theme, character development, or believable dialogue.

I know your a driver fan boy; but sorry, the movie is horrible; and the ending is even worse.

Sep 21 - 11:28 AM

adayinthelife2

David Franks

Shit, man, I could care less if you hated the movie. Honestly, people are entitled to their opinion, which is why I won't move any further, because it's one of those agree to disagree moments. I just think your review is off-point in the way it suggest that a lot people only saw the film based on the praise. Some did, I'm sure, but you simply can't generalize something like that.

Sep 25 - 11:21 AM

Liam Cochran

Liam Cochran

You're one of those people who just loves to have a happy ending aren't you, well sorry kid, life doesn't work that way.

Dec 1 - 06:17 PM

Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

Chris T.--- Breaking down your review, one point at a time.... Love justifies his life-risking actions. How did you not see that? Love is unselfish. Boring is an opinion. The lack of diaglogue was intentional (which some of us appreciated). Driver has personality but the quiet beast inside is hidden and revealed slowly and more dramatically as the movie goes on (as seen in Taxi Driver). The man was a mystery because the director wanted it that way (Eastwood's Man With No Name). Mystery is often compelling. If you watch the movie again, you'll see that he cared about the girl and the child so much that he'd do anything for them, even if it meant throwing his life away. This was shown more than told in MANY ways and it was a brilliant way of getting the point across. Inner motivations are proven in action over words. It's that way in life. You spent ten bucks because you thought you were at Transformers 3 (my assumption).

Sep 21 - 08:20 PM

Chris Truth-Patriot

Chris Truth-Patriot

What was the ending again?

O yea, There wasn't one!!! The movie has no ending, and no believable main character motivation. The lack of an ending underlines the entire character was garbage.

Sep 26 - 10:46 AM

Chris Truth-Patriot

Chris Truth-Patriot

What was the ending again?

O yea, There wasn't one!!! The movie has no ending, and no believable main character motivation. The lack of an ending underlines the entire character was garbage.

Sep 26 - 10:46 AM

Thomas W.

Thomas Waterhouse

Look at me, I can get on my soapbox and preach to other people that my opinion is inherently superior. Bow to me and my superior opinion, because if you disagree, you're wrong. Do us all a favor, remove your head from your ass and state your opinion, don't blast everyone in a five mile radius with how right you are.

Oct 9 - 03:54 PM

Charlie T.

Charlie Tyrganst

Actually if you watch the film, you can see that the underlying theme is justified in the ending.

Driver views himself as a hero. We watch his actions and know that it is not so. He takes immense pleasure in violence and brutality...the same kind of pleasure that a normal human being would indulge in sex (examine the elevator scene, where he kisses Carey Mulligan and then kills the man, the feelings are synthesized and the tone and music remains the same, because he feels the same about both). The fact is that he views himself as a kind of Man With No Name character. He thus tries to act and disguise himself as such (examine the scene where he puts the latex mask on, pretending to be the action star that is justified in doing these actions). I agree that over-enthusiastic fanboys of this film can become annoying, but I think you're really doing yourself a disfavor by ignoring the themes so blatantly.

Jan 24 - 06:03 PM

Chris Truth-Patriot

Chris Truth-Patriot

... what do you think a review is? An opinion. Moron.

Sep 21 - 11:29 AM

Mauricio A.

Mauricio Avendaņo

YOU are talking about respecting opinions? seriously? lol

Nov 9 - 10:35 PM

Kaitain J.

Kaitain Jones

Chris T,

Absolute bilge. It's the best film of the year so far.

Sep 30 - 12:36 AM

Rob Cranford

Rob Cranford

Rush? What rush? I kept waiting for this movie to take off but it never went anywhere.Watchable if you catch it on HBO or whatever other movie channel,but I wouldn't rent it

Feb 2 - 12:19 PM

Jacob George

Jacob George

Slow and boring. It had 2 violent scenes, and boring lack luster car chases. With a title like Drive you would expect a bit more behind the wheel white knuckle driving. This was dexter meets driving ms daisy.

Feb 22 - 11:32 PM

Brian Lesmes

Brian Lesmes

I think something a lot of people don't understand is that the title--the word "drive"--doesn't mean "to drive" so much as "motivation." This isn't "Fast and Furious"; this is a character study. The movie explores the motivations, or "drive," of its main character through visual and auditory clues rather than verbal exposition. The meaning of these clues are scattered throughout these responses, so I won't repeat them. A second watch with this in mind might be to the benefit of some of its detractors.

Sep 12 - 09:08 AM

Troy Hanes

Troy Hanes

What are you talking about the long needless pauses, the wait and the wait, and the W A I T for responses. when action did hit, it was short, and drowned out by the sufficating silence, and odd situations that you felt sorry for the Characters that had to endure Playing these parts. Example the husband getting out of jail, the woman having to act like her heart does not belong to another and the child having to probably wonder do I say anything to dad about this other guy. the tension of the hallway meeting playing Eye tag while the husband has to act like he is stupid enough to believe the Guy was just "helping". this movie wreaked badly and i am sooo glad the rental store actually willingly refunded my money.people have their choices but I trully try to read the comments on the likes and find nothing to redeem anything out of this Movie.

Mar 1 - 08:22 PM

Chris Nienhuis

Chris Nienhuis

"Drive is pedal-to-the-metal stuff. Don't get behind the wheel unless you can take the rush."

WHAT A CRAP-TASTIC SUMMARY MR. LONG.

This movie is boring as shit. And it gets 93% on RottenTomatoes??

Don't trust the critics. They are full of shit.

Mar 16 - 09:51 AM

Kassem Jaber

Kassem Jaber

You're A Fucktard

Apr 19 - 08:19 AM

Anita blowjaab

Anita Hanjaab

Its prude cock fags like you that I had listened to saying that this movie rocked. This movie was the most boring piece of shit ever!!!! Thanks for tricking me and the rest of america in wasting a 10 dollar ticket on this crappy film. I honestly do not understand how any douche bag can like this movie. It was boring, had no plot, and Ryan Gosling did nothing but stare into space like a catatonic ass pirate for 98% of the movie. I want my money back and deserve a free shot at punching you in the dick for making me waste my money on this shitty ass movie.

Apr 3 - 03:05 PM

Kassem Jaber

Kassem Jaber

you're a fucking moron

Apr 18 - 04:54 PM

Anita blowjaab

Anita Hanjaab

Eat my dick you curry eating pussy...Why don't i just flop my cock in your moms mouth and blow my load while she sucks my meat whistle.

Fuck yourself you mark ass trick.

Aug 3 - 03:15 AM

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