Drive

Drive

93%

Critic Review - The Atlantic

The extreme and escalating violence will prove off-putting to some-frankly, I'm surprised not to have been among them-but for the rest, Drive is a needle-punch of adrenaline to the aorta.

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: The Atlantic | Comments (79)
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zinc alloy

zinc alloy

hmmm...your part of the 8%...outright bore? Guess I saw a different flix...

Sep 17 - 02:05 PM

Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

Brilliant movie and going to see it again. Refn's "Valhalla Rising" had the same effect in its ability to mezmerize the viewer into an almost trance-like state. It's a strange control he has over the viewer if the viewer is able to tune in.

Sep 17 - 10:05 PM

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Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

Loser? Yes. I'm absolutely and unquestionably the world's biggest loser. Complete and total failure of society. It's absolutely true. You pegged me. Seriously you did. I even make other losers look like winners. Now on to your points, you grade "A", all-star winner, you.
1. You didn't pay any attention if you didn't see the looks in their eyes for each other and all the nights out on the town driving, all the tucking in and carrying the child to bed and watching tv with him and on and on and on. I saw the movie twice and paid very close attention to the time they spent in the form of montage, btw. 2. A ten second gaze is nothing when the right people have the right connection. You're obviously miles away from ever having had that kind of encounter with a female though because it's not plausible in your eyes. YOUR eyes. 3. He DID say goodbye and new that if he came back, he'd endanger the girl or give the bad guys leverage to threaten the girl. He was on the run from that moment on, which gave the film a Casablance tragedy feel to it, romantic and heroic simultaneously. The cowboy rides off and doesn't look back, y'know? They did kiss in the elevator. When should they have screwed, before her husband died or right after, classy guy? 4. What would you say about the first Terminator? Sarah and Kyle knew each other for...... A NIGHT. Any other winning points you'd like to make?

Sep 22 - 08:04 PM

Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

Knew, not new.

Sep 22 - 08:06 PM

Edshu33

No Name

Honestly though, Travis Bickle fell in love with that lady in Taxi Driver, and she didn't even look back! No, not Jodie Foster. The other one.

Jul 11 - 06:41 PM

Cody Horner

Cody Horner

Sorry, I agree with Mark.

The dialogue was outright garbage (... what dialogue? you could almost say), the pacing bad, the acting seemed bad B rate; but this honestly could be due to the shoddy script. Also, what an excellent 'love story' they build up at the beginning. This would put it best -> LOL. The movie is about as good as the choice of font and bright pink lettering.

Sorry guys... how in the world could this movie be rated any higher than 20%?

Sep 18 - 03:44 PM

Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

Your taste in pacing, dialogue, script and love story are not everyone's taste and the fresh ratings on both sides show that. The cursive font and hot pink was not an accident since Gosling's character's "drive" and motivation is LOVE. Two meanings to the word. If it were a surface-level action flick, it would be spelled in bold, block letters in gun-metal gray..... which is the shit we usually get pumped at us from all directions in the current state of the movie biz.

Sep 18 - 04:50 PM

Cold P.

Cold Pillow

Cody H: Watch 2001: A Space Odyssey. One of the greatest films ever made. It has about 45 minutes of dialogue and it is nearly 3 hours long. Grow a bigger attention span please.

Sep 18 - 07:17 PM

Chris Truth-Patriot

Chris Truth-Patriot

Allan B is a fanboy. You can't tell him the main character sucked, and the movie had no ending. Fanboys are in love with the movie. To bad the main characters 'motivation' was suppose to be love; but he ends up walking out on the girl, and the money. The ending just highlights the main character is undeveloped, and has no motive.


All those 10 second stare down were suppose to make you think the two were in love of some sort. But they proven to be just blank, creepy stare downs. He walks out on her at the end of the movie. Those stares are really meaningless.

Sep 23 - 12:23 PM

Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

Chris - Someday, maybe, you'll have the question in you why so many people like this film instead of combatting it. That's not to say that you should subscribe to it because it's almost TOTALLY loved, (as indicated by the overwhelming majority on both sides) but it should at least make you ask yourself and look into it further to see if you missed something. Maybe you really will never like this movie which is fine, but you're argument is that it's a poorly made film and no matter how you slice it, that's just the most ridiculous statement.

Sep 23 - 07:01 PM

Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

your, not you're.

Sep 23 - 07:01 PM

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Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

Yes, Chris T...... and all us fans were bought off by movie execs too. Awesome reasoning.

Sep 21 - 12:11 AM

Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

Oh... I see. You think we like it because the critics do. Doubly awesome reasoning.

Sep 21 - 12:12 AM

Chris Truth-Patriot

Chris Truth-Patriot

... and the ending? There are two lazy, undeveloped plots. The drive could take the money, get the girl, or do both. But what does he do; neither. I don't think you are making money by writing BS reviews, because you are not a critic. But face facts. The movie sucks, there are no main characters, no plot, no motivation for the main character to take life risking actions; and the ending further underlines the point there is no central theme. The guy leaves the money and the girl. And for what? To drive someplace unknown. Brilliant.

Sep 21 - 11:23 AM

Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

The best critics are people who can step outside of their own personal bias and judge a movie objectively and intelligently. How good was the director and cast at getting the intended vision across? THAT is the question, really. Refn is a master and anyone with a mind for true art will notice it, whether they like the way it's conveyed or not. It's just obvious.

Sep 23 - 07:06 PM

Todd Garry

Todd Garry

Ha Chris T is Starving for attention!!!! I thought this movie was one of the better MOVIES I have seen in a long time. Everything just flowed so smoothly. The music and score was perfectly mixed with the movie. I was not hoping Jason statham was lurking around the corner like chris t was.

Sep 27 - 05:55 PM

Ryan T.

Ryan Taylor

Did you ever think that it takes more love to leave a girl and her son you'd do anything to protect and never see them again than going back and "settling down." Because you know going back will always leave them in danger. That's true love. Having the courage to walk away when you know its the best thing. As the music at the end says, "And a real hero, real human being."

Oct 15 - 10:52 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 - 08:17 PM

Chris Truth-Patriot

Chris Truth-Patriot

Sorry, "Allan B". You are a moron. And you don't read replies before you post....

Love justifies him doing all that crazy nonsense? Love? Or, the 10 second stare down.

And, if he loved her, how come he left at the end of the movie. That doesn't sound like love.

It doesn't sound like love, because you are applying your own feelings and expectations to the 'driver'.

Fact, he left her without even saying goodbye. Why? Well, like I said above, for no good reason.

The character is not defined. Period.

Smart @ss....

Sep 22 - 06:38 PM

Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

You're still in high school aren't you? I can tell by how you can't think past a ten second gaze. You're amusing me.

Sep 22 - 08:09 PM

Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

Read the above reply, and yes he did say goodbye. You're silly. It's amusing and cute.

Sep 22 - 08:10 PM

Chris Truth-Patriot

Chris Truth-Patriot

The movie sucked. Period.

You all projected your own feelings to those 10 second stare downs, that you though was the director displaying love in a minimalistic way.

NOPE! The guys walks out on the girl, (and the money) at the end. Further proof those stare downs were nothing more than an empty, creepy blank facial expression. No feelings were really behind it. You projected those feelings on the character.

Sep 23 - 12:26 PM

Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

Chris, it's just funny. It's so funny to me what you're saying about this movie. Everything. All of it.

Sep 23 - 06:53 PM

Andy Hernick

Andy Hernick

Hey smart man, this movie was not a hollywood film. It was produced outside the hollywood system for a measly 13 million dollars. Therefore, it is an independent film. Do you know about independent filmmakers? They make films because they love telling us meaningful stories and have no desire whatsoever to make money. This movie was fantastic and had great characters. Just because you were put off by some violence or some lack of dialogue doesn't mean it is a bad film. Have you ever seen any of Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy? Clint Eastwood doesn't talk much in those movies, yet he is the most memorable character in those movies. Next time you wanna go see a movie, I suggest you maybe shove your ten dollars up your ass.

Sep 23 - 11:25 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 - 10:45 AM

Todd Garry

Todd Garry

Well apparently Chris needs everything spelled out for him. LIke 90% of the morons in the world.

Sep 27 - 05:57 PM

Alex Marshall

Alex Marshall

Here's the ending.

The Driver kills Bernie, and he flees town to ensure the safety of Irene and Benicio.

You fuckwit.

Oct 11 - 09:25 PM

Triple T

Triple Twyford

Methinks Mark H, Chris T, and Gay T are the same person.

All fags

Sep 20 - 08:25 PM

Chris Truth-Patriot

Chris Truth-Patriot

sorry, I am myself. They are themselves. You, on the other hand, have no point, and look pretty retarded right now...

Sep 20 - 10:56 PM

Chris Truth-Patriot

Chris Truth-Patriot

grow some boobs

Sep 20 - 10:58 PM

Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

If she grows some boobs, do you promise to grow a mind? If not, all bets are off. It's only fair.

Sep 21 - 09:24 PM

Chris Truth-Patriot

Chris Truth-Patriot

You are the one trapped in 1978, and don't read replies. You just write what you want.

Sep 22 - 06:39 PM

Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

Chris is the kind of guy who needs to hear himself and his movie characters yap. Like a small puppy. There isn't the slightest of a subtle mind in there.

Sep 22 - 08:12 PM

Chris Truth-Patriot

Chris Truth-Patriot

If he was in love with her, why did he walk out @ the end? Hummm? Those 10 second stare downs were empty, and creepy. You projected you own feelings onto the character. His actions are not consistent with loving the woman. He walks out on her and her kind, and 1 million dollars.

What a retarded movie. Sorry, it sucked. I saw it in a packed movie theater. Many were booing at the end of it.

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Sep 23 - 12:28 PM

Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

Chris - I guess I'll just have to spell love out for you. If you truly love someone, you can walk away from them if it means saving their lives or avoiding future threats to their lives. Is that really so hard for you, buddy? How could he spend any of that money, knowing that if he took it, his girl would most certainly be killed? If he leaves it, there's a chance that it got recovered by Bernie's goons. If he takes the money, the girl would die, no matter what. Could you spend money, knowing that is would certainly kill the one you love? Think. Please.

Sep 23 - 07:10 PM

Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

knowing that this would kill someone you love?

Sep 23 - 07:12 PM

Gabriele Cookstown

Gabriele Cookstown

is there something wrong when you don't like that boring piece of yawn Movie

Sep 21 - 07:57 AM

Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

Nothing wrong with disliking a movie, but plenty wrong with saying it's a shit movie ONLY because you didn't like it which a few silly people have been doing on here. A few.

Sep 21 - 09:22 PM

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Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

Yep. this movie obviously sucked. Just look at that beautiful score that backs up your claim. We're all insane, except for Chris and a FEW others. :D

Sep 23 - 06:50 PM

Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

This is officially Drive appreciation month. Do you know what they call 171 to 14 in politics, sports and any other contest? A LANDSLIDE.

Sep 23 - 06:48 PM

Matthew Tam

Matthew Tam

TROLOLOLOLOLOLOLO LOOK AT ME I'M 30 AND TROLLING LIEK A 5 YR OLD TROLOLOLOL THIS MOVIE SUCK TROLL DO I HAV ANY FRIENDS OR SOCIAL LIFE NO I JUST SIT WITH MY THUMB UP MY ASS AND TELL PEOPLE OFF ON THE INTERWEBS CAUSE' I'M COOL LIKE THAT. ALL THIS TROLLING GETS ME ALL THE BITCHES I HAV SO MANY FRIENDS LIKE 9,000 FRIENDS LOOK AT ME SO COOL.

Just STFO and GTFO. There is an option you just write your own review straight up. No need to argue.

Sep 24 - 11:27 AM

Matthew Tam

Matthew Tam

I mean I honestly just wanted a review and I got a flame war. I've had enough on YouTube seriously I didn't think adults were susceptible to trolling. Then again, it's not like anyone here trolls right anyway.

Sep 24 - 11:29 AM

Jon J.

Jon Johannesson

You'll note, though, that it's really only a handful of people. But yes, I agree, Youtube has already made me sick of trolls.

Sep 24 - 02:16 PM

Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

And now you're doing what you're complaining about.

Sep 24 - 08:22 PM

Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

By the way, when someone speaks their mind on here, that means they're trying to get all the "bitches" and look cool somehow? You sure that's why people come on here and have it out? Really? That's actually how it appears to your wise eyes?

Sep 24 - 08:25 PM

Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

There's an option to read the reviewer's review and then quit. You chose to read what everyone was saying to each other.

Sep 24 - 08:23 PM

Bea B.

Bea Butler

Self-important drivel on every level: 'Look at this over-composed frame, now this one, and this one, and this one, and this one...', 'Feel them brood and twitch for two hours,' 'check out this gratuitous, gruesome blood spray'. Movies, or any writing that forces the audience to consider the mechanics of the crafting, rather than carrying it off into the story to the point that you forget you are watching a movie, or reading a book, are simply technologically flawed, because they're rooted in twisting the attention of the audience towards the ego-pumping of the creators. The plot is confused and unsatisfying, over and over again. I would have walked out if I hadn't been with someone who wanted to finish his popcorn in the dark.

Sep 25 - 11:42 AM

Bea B.

Bea Butler

Self-important drivel on every level: 'Look at this over-composed frame, now this one, and this one, and this one, and this one...', 'Feel them brood and twitch for two hours,' 'check out this gratuitous, gruesome blood spray'. Movies, or any writing that forces the audience to consider the mechanics of the crafting, rather than carrying it off into the story to the point that you forget you are watching a movie, or reading a book, are simply technologically flawed, because they're rooted in twisting the attention of the audience towards the ego-pumping of the creators. The plot is confused and unsatisfying, over and over again. I would have walked out if I hadn't been with someone who wanted to finish his popcorn in the dark.

Sep 25 - 11:42 AM

Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

This filmmaker focuses attention to things and events in different ways than most of us are used to in film and I love that. He knows what he's after and how to achieve it. Like a master painter, his vision is fully realized.

Sep 25 - 04:02 PM

Mytrue Review

Mytrue Review

here my true review of this film

Drive (2011) was...not for everyone. Before I tell you what Drive is, I will tell you what it is not. Drive is not about driving. There are literally 2 'driving scenes' in the entire movie (When I say driving scenes, I mean fast paced, car chase driving scenes). It is not an action film like the trailer would have you believe. A lot of people peg Drive (2011) as a noir film. This is partly right but partly wrong. What Drive is, in its truest sense, is an art film. An art film is a serious, independent film, which isnt targeted at a mass audience. Drive perfectly fits into that genre. It is serious, maybe too serious. There werent any laugh out loud moments in this movie at all...not one. It is also definitely an independent film. The budget was only $13M, and, after initially being planned as a blockbuster, the film was eventually re-labeled as an independent film. So its definitely an art film and in turn, not for mass audiences.

With that being said, this movie is super boring. This is by far the slowest movie I have ever seen in my life. Nothing happens in this movie, nothing at all. For the first hour of this movie Gosling barely speaks. And when I say barely, I mean he has less than 10 lines of dialogue. The directing of this film was truly atrocious in my opinion. Nothing about it made sense. You literally sit there and stare at Ryan Goslings face for 5 seconds, then the background music, which doesnt fit the scene at all, comes on, and then the scene switches. I was speechless throughout this movie because I could not believe what I was watching. The background music that accompanies this film is the worst part of this movie. For some reason they decided to use only music from the 80s to enhance this film. The music never seems to relate to the scene and just makes the movie that much worst. The plot for this film also has a lot of loopholes.

A lot of people want to compare this character to the Clint Eastwood character and other great characters but the fact of the matter is that Clint Eastwood was believable as the non speaking reserved type but 'Driver' and Ryan Gosling was not believable. The movie sucked and i'm saying this with no bias. it was trash and the fact that every single last critic loves this movie tells me theres something fishy going on because not every critic loved the Clint Eastwood movie or true classics like 'No Country for Old Men.' how can ove 200 people share the same exact positive thought for a slow, boring, bad acting, bad and non-existent writing, and terrible directing. Case in point that scene when driver kills the two men in the bathroom and then slowly slowly slowly turns away was the most laugh out loud atrocious bit of acting and directing i have ever seen.

Its Saving Grace: its saving grace was the fact that its labeled an art film. This gives all the critics, hipster and know-it-alls a reason to sing the highest praises for this movie. Apart from that fact, nothing could have saved this movie.

IMO: in my opinion this movie missed the mark. I truly understand what the director was trying to accomplish but he didnt do it the right way. He tried to make this the most epic artsy noir film of all times. And although every critic has praised his artistic direction, I think he just made a boring film, with little to no acting, no direction, no dialogue and a horrible score that did not suit the film.

www.wix.com/mytruereview/movies

Sep 27 - 07:32 AM

Nicholas Panzarino

Nicholas Panzarino

Generally there are two types of patrons that go to see movies. The artistic types whose main goal is to see something different (it doesn't matter if it's good or not). Or the people who want to be entertained. If you want to be entertained, do not see Drive. It is beyond boring. As a previous poster said, something is fishy when so many critics almost unanimously like a film with no dialogue, a bad script and a horrible soundtrack.

This almost reminds me of the undeserved praise District 9 got from critics last year. That's probably the first time it dawned on me that movie reviewers are in the pockets of the film companies.

Sep 27 - 07:13 PM

Jon J.

Jon Johannesson

This movie had, IMO, a brilliant script and is the second-best film I've seen this year. Behind what film, you may ask? Harry Potter 8. So yeah, I'm not the atypical art-buff you propose constitutes the support-base for this film. Also, District 9 was my favorite film of its year too. Aren't I an anomaly?

Sep 29 - 02:46 PM

Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

The Palme d'Or (English: Golden Palm) is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival and this was presented to the director of this film for this film because they felt his directing WAS JUST THAT GOOD. He deserved it, period. Are you now going to say that the Cannes film festival is bought off too in addition to critics on this site? How absurd it is when you don't understand a piece of art's greatness, you say that official people are bought off. How insanely ridiculous.

Sep 27 - 11:49 PM

Kashif Hyder

Kashif Hyder

we should love the film because it won the golden palm award ? I guess we should have "its hard out there for a pimp" in all of our playlists since it won an oscar ?

Feb 26 - 11:05 PM

Alex Marshall

Alex Marshall

No, he's saying that there's a reason so many people like the film. It's not because they were bribed or because their stupid, it's because many people thought it was a good film (including the critics that have spent their lives watching movies).

Oct 11 - 09:34 PM

Mytrue Review

Mytrue Review

well Allan B i actually read about the director winning the award before i wrote my review but i still dont like his artistic direction. ofcourse my opinion does not matter but then again it is MY opinion. but if you think about it a little bit you will realize that there has never been such a onesided review of a movie probably ever. you could look at the last 10 movies to win best picture at the academy awards and you will find at least 10 out of 100 critics who didnt like it and never gave it a chance at the academy awards. so i obviously dont really belive refn was going around passing out envelopes to critics and giving them the wink and the gun but i do believe that not one critic had the balls to say this movie was bad. its kinda like when the cool guy does something really dumb but no one has the balls to tell him. now the reason i say this is simple, some of the reviews just do not even suit the film. example, one critic wrote: "Drive is pedal-to-the-metal stuff. Don't get behind the wheel unless you can take the rush." Firstly peddle-to-the-metal? this movie was nowhere close to peddle-to-the-metal. Secondly "unless you can take the rush?" the movie was delibrately dead slow. so sorry for assuming the worst but i think my argumentative opinion has some merit.

Sep 28 - 06:00 PM

Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman

Mytrue R. ----- If critics can bash George Lucas (the guy with the money and all the "yes" men) then they can certainly bash an upcoming Danish director...... IF HE DESERVES IT. In this case, he was brilliant. I've seen the movie three times now and I could happily sit through it for another. You obviously don't get the same thing I and tons of others get from this movie and that's okay. Your argument that critics are afraid to nail Refn is preposterous though.

Sep 29 - 05:55 PM

Shibumi

Neo Shibumi

I think the reason this film is getting so much praise is director Nicholas Winding Refn unique take on a standard Hollywood genre: the 80's teen love story. In an interview, Refn mentioned that he wanted to remake Sixteen Candles. Most people took this as a facetious statement, but I think he was serious and Drive is his version of Sixteen Candles crossed with the car chase genre like Bullit. More specifically, the plot feels like Bullit but the emotional core feels like Sixteen Candles. There is a honest emotional core to this film... a soul. The love story is tender and deftly told. There's such a gitty energy between Goslin and Mulligan that they can't hide their affection for each other. The soundtrack, if you can get passed the kitsch, feels like failing in love for the first time. There's a feeling of innocent love, an intense longing... completely unsexualized. The love story is the foreplay, the sex is the violence. Without one, the other feels empty.
By the end of the film when the driver is driving away and the 80's inspired synthpop blares, there's a longing... to be a better man. A longing to be a father and a husband. A longing to overcome his dark nature. As lrene knocks on the driver's door and realizes he is not there, there's an intense feeling of her wanting to be with that better man.
I think this was the director's personal statement. Literally what "drives" him. That's probably why they gave him all the awards and positive reviews.

Sep 29 - 12:24 AM

goodfella1001

marvin martinez

i think u cant judge this film based on wether u like it or not, or how many people didn't like it in theater the same day u went to c it. its definitely a great film, it takes the entire 1st hour defining the characters, showing u how they clicked w only a stare, everything that it was "missed" in the dialogue its established w images. it has a plot, story, ending, and one of the strongest love connections ive seen in a movie. Of course its not a movie for everyone, but theres not a single thing in this planet that 100% of the population is going to agree with. If u really want to understand the love connection or his character u need to have a better social life and get off ur computer for at least 24 hours, theres a world outside of the internet w very interesting people.

Oct 1 - 02:44 PM

Chris Truth-Patriot

Chris Truth-Patriot

T * H * E * R * . W * A * S . N * 0 . E * N * D * I * N * G

Oct 3 - 12:51 PM

Spoon C.

Spoon Creature

The film most certainly does have an ending, but it employs methods that mainstream audiences are not used to: subtlety, irony, and ambiguity (to the untrained eye).

Drive is an ironic superhero movie and plays out in a way that the ending could not have gone any other way. There is a clear motivation for the Driver character: his love for Irene and her son. When you love something dearly, you are willing to fight for it... therein lies the conflict of the film. Irene and her son's lives are threatened, Driver comes to the rescue. He breaks all of his own rules in the process. He cares so much for their happiness he even gets out of the car when her husband is shot, though he knows right away that it is too late. At the same time however, he is a monster. His heroics are savage and brutal. This is made apparent by the intense spurts of gore and violence (which is beautifully counter pointed by the deliberate pace of the first half of the film that is *teeming* with subtext).

All the people that lead to Irene are killed off one by one: Standard, Nino, Shannon, various henchmen, and finally Bernie... Driver's arch-nemesis. For Bernie to be safe (his life is on the line because he's involved in stealing the mob's money via Nino) he has to kill Driver and Irene who is a loose end by association to Driver. Driver kills Bernie and leaves the money which belongs to the mob with Bernie's corpse. This way the mob will no longer be looking for the money or who stole it. There is however one final person involved in the heist that threatens the safety of Driver's loved ones: himself. What about the second car at the heist? Their identity is never revealed but they saw Driver at the scene. He cannot be a part of their lives because he is a liability to their safety.

This can be compared to the end of terminator 2: the terminator is an idealic father figure for John Connor but if the terminator is in their lives the future is still under threat. The terminator knows what's best and takes himself *out* of the picture... this is why Driver has to take himself out of the picture: love to the point of sacrifice and self-exile.

It is even said by Shannon: "He just showed up at my shop one day outta nowhere". No one knows where Driver came from or who he really is underneath: he's a superhero whose secret identity can never be found out or else all his loved ones will be in danger. So, when Driver drives on, away from the ones he loves for their safety and much to his own personal misery, he drives on to other adventures.

Now here's the amazing thing: all of this is done in the movie with minimal dialogue. The film also boasts superb acting, taut action sequences, pacing by counterpointing love/violence, beautiful cinematography, and really awesome music.

This film is 100% complete through minimalism showcasing every aspect of the excellent plot which is packed with inner conflict, interpersonal conflict, and external conflict for every character.

What's so hard to understand for the mainstream film-goer? Things aren't spelled out. It's more cerebral. They have to THINK to understand... something that mainstream films don't require their audiences to do.

What happens when the average film-goer refuses to think?
-"It was boring."
-"It was dumb."
-"It didn't make sense."
etc. etc.

This is how films are made in Europe and the only reason why they don't catch on here is that they have another aspect of American laziness to penetrate: subtitles.
-"I don't watch a movie to read."
This is a poor excuse to miss out on truly great cinema.

This film is a godsend in that it has European sensibilities and craft but is in english. Hopefully this brilliant film penetrates that stubbornly lazy part of American film audiences and opens up the possibility for the return of art and craft into American mainstream cinema.

Orson Welles, an American director in Hollywood inspired french new-wave by coaxing Francois Truffaut and Jean Luc Goddard out of their shells with his film "Touch of Evil".

So, in closing, Mark H. and Chris T. and anyone else who has qualms with this film: you either have no taste, are intellectually lazy, or lack the capacity to understand this awesome movie.

Oct 10 - 05:30 AM

Jamie Morrison

Jamie Morrison

This was such a concise and thorough perspective. I appreciate that you acknowledge why the "mainstream movie-goer" might not appreciate what Refn has accomplished with this movie.
I thought this film was fantastic in its subtle artistry. The acting was phenomenal by Gosling and Mulligan. Gosling played a difficult role with minimal dialogue. He remained mysterious when the typical audience might have wanted him to divulge more to understand his motivation more easily. Mulligan's performance was amazing (is that NOT a perfect American accent?) and her tension with the driver is complex and believable.
There were two main issues I had with the movie: The violence and Christina Hendricks. While I understand the violence was a critical aspect of this story, I don't think it was always displayed tastefully. Showing the driver's foot in the man's head was unnecessary and detracted from the scene, in my opinion. In regards to Christina Hendricks, I felt this was a favor casting. She is obviously a hot topic with her success on Mad Men but the small role she portrayed was overshadowed by her current "it girl" status.
That being said, the combination of strong acting, a complex story, and the backbone of an urgent, pulsing soundtrack make Drive one of my favorite movies I have seen in a long time.

@Chris T - I appreciate your opinion (hard not to miss in this thread). I feel compelled to comment on your stating it is just a staring contest. Did you miss the scene in the elevator? That is probably the most climactic moment of the entire movie for those two characters. He wants her to know how he feels even though he knows what he must do to the man in the elevator and what that will mean for the relationship between the driver and Irene. Dig past the surface before you generalize. Thank you for your perspective!

Apr 18 - 05:17 PM

Drew Polatchek

Drew Polatchek

im with chris T this movie was awful. i mean yeah, so what if it was visually stunning. so what if it was intense and extremely well acted by ryan gossling? so what if it was extremely original? everyone who liked this movie is just a conformist. my favorite movie is gigli, because the conformist critics hated it. it was so unique and everyone who disagrees with me is wrong! especially if they make a spelling error in their complaint! LISTEN TO ME!!! seriously though this movie was great

Oct 3 - 06:11 PM

Cold P.

Cold Pillow

Chris T. is an immature moron. I bet his favorite movie is Transformers 2...

Nov 1 - 08:15 PM

Drew Polatchek

Drew Polatchek

you give him too much credit my friend

Dec 9 - 03:45 AM

Alex Marshall

Alex Marshall

Yet, it STILL went over his head.

Oct 11 - 09:36 PM

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