Drive is one of the most beautifully shot movies I think I have ever watched. The cinematography is truly on another level. As is the soundtrack which manages to blend a 21st century sound with the 80's with ease.
Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac and the little boy who played their son were all exceptional. Brian Cranston was very good in his part and Christina Hendricks was well cast for what little part she had. Ryan Gosling however felt like he could have been playing any character in any of his other movies. However, I still think he was very well cast.
The plot itself starts of wonderfully, however as time goes on falls victim to typical gangster movie cliches. The violence also felt unnecessary and at times felt silly and almost like it belonged in something like Final Destination. The pacing was also very poor for the most part.
Strangely though, it's a film that will stay with me for a long time. As bad as some of it was, it's a movie that manages to trick it's audience into thinking they're seeing something extraordinary. I am unfortunately one of those people.
Drive has enough action-packed thrills and frenetic violence to balance the romance and drama contained within a smart screenplay.
Original review: September 2011, (8/10). "A hybrid of Michael Mann, Taxi Driver, Paul Thomas Anderson and a dash of Tarantino. But incorrectly marketed as Fast & Furious/Transporter-like garbage."
Saw this on 17/8/14
Drive is mixed with great music, stylish images and above average direction. There is nothing new about the story and the acting is neither extraordinary nor mediocre. All my friends who saw this film gave poor feelings about it. The main reason they cited was the lag in the film and I was prepared for it, so I did like it. The story like any other in this genre is about a guy exceptionally skilled in a certain activity, here driving. He needs money, so he gets involved in some nasty jobs which he doesn't really wish to be part of. Then as always, something goes wrong and every thing turns against him. This is the content, but the only difference is that the film spends lot of time in developing the story till everything goes wrong and that's why people find it a lot lagging. Anyway, this is far far better than Bronson(2008).
Good, but not great. Good, intense plot and great action. However, plot does lose focus and seem contrived at times. Direction is good, but includes far too many self-indulgent lingering shots, trying to seem arty.
Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston and Albert Brooks are great in their roles. I was not overly impressed with Ryan Gosling, however. The (wannabe) cool, silent routine works for a little while before becoming irritating.