Drama, Thriller, Crime/Gangster and Adaptation. Rated R. 1 hour,
by Film District
Gosling in FilmDistrict's Drive - 2011
Ryan Gosling plays
a Hollywood stunt driver who spends his nights as a getaway driver
in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive.
Let’s start with the opening scene. Sounds fitting, right?
Drive starts with a cold open that display’s our
hero’s skills as a getaway driver and immediately sucks
the audience in for the long haul. Gosling’s character,
who we only know as “Driver,” develops a friendship
with his neighbor Irene, played by the always charming Carey Mulligan.
Irene has a son with her husband, Standard, played by Oscar Isaacs.
Standard returns from prison not long after Driver and Irene meet.
He is in debt to a mobster and Driver volunteers to help. The
heist he agrees to help Standard with does not go according to
plan, and Driver decides to take it upon himself to right all
that went wrong.
Gosling is in almost every single scene, but has a noticeable
small amount of dialogue. His character comes off as mysterious
and intense, yet calm. Gosling is surrounded by solid players
all around. Bryan Cranston and Albert Brooks especially shine
here. Those two might have an outside shot at stealing a Best
Supporting Actor nomination.
Refn’s direction might divide some audience’s. His
movies are generally slow paced and rely on the visuals to tell
the story, and this is no exception. Very little dialogue used
in “Drive.” The soundtrack may also divide some audiences,
but I personally loved it, as it gave it a retro feel with songs
that sounded like they were out of a mid-80’s film. The
editing though, at times, felt a little choppy.
I wouldn’t say Drive is as great as many critics
are saying it is, but I would say it is definitely worth seeing.
credit: Film District