Posted on 9/18/11 05:44 PM
Finally an incredibly crafted film. It may not be original (Being adapted from James Sallis' novel) but Drive delivers. After another disappointing summer full of sequels/prequels, remakes, and 3-D films. Drive is that special movie that Hollywood gives us at the end of the summer. The trailers and ads are very misleading. For those of you that prefer non-stop mindless action look somewhere else. Director Nicolas Winding Refn makes Drive stand out.
Ryan Gosling stars as Driver. A lonely stuntman by day and a getaway driver at night. Gosling gives another great performance. Carey Mulligan (Irene) the down on her luck mom taking care of her only child while the father (Oscar Isaac) is in jail is Driver's love interest. Scenes between them are slow and romantic. Bryan Cranston (Shannon) the mechanic that gives Driver his big break. Crime Boss Bernie Rose (An electrifying Albert Brooks) and his partner Nino (Ron Perlman) after Driver in a heist gone wrong.
What you see is what you get doesn't apply to Drive. Instead you get a slow action drama that builds up and gets better and better after each scene. There isn't much of anything such as violence or action, but when it does occur on screen it is intense. Think of it as a Tarantino flick with toned down dialogue, drama, violence, and a great soundtrack.
I walked out of the theater satisfied while others were wanting there money back. I enjoyed watching the film until every now and then people used the slow parts between Gosling and Mulligan for bathroom breaks or I would see the light of someones cell phone as they were checking the time. While the audience wanted the movie to be like The Transporter or The Fast and The Furious movies, I'm glad it wasn't. As far as I'm concerned Drive leaves them in the dust.