Drive: Follows a professional stunt driver (moonlighting getaway driver) as he makes a unique connection with his neighbour, and her criminal husband. This is a fascinating mix of raw drama and the most brutal violence you’ll see all year. Gosling is phenomenal; with so few lines (but when he speaks, he means it) this could have gone pear-shaped but his entire body tells so much more about the methodical, isolated driver character than any script could. The rest of the cast do well to keep up, except Ron Perlman, who is, as always, categorically pants – at least he’s consistent! What’s most apparent is that the film’s meticulously put together; tension levels are unbearable in parts (opening 15 will blow you away), music’s memorable and used effectively, general ambience is great, and it’s stylishly filmed yet maintains a painfully indie vibe – you couldn’t really ask for more in a film. Hopefully, this will have a bigger longer life in DVD players than the two-weeks it appears to be getting in most cinemas.
I’ve heard lots of good things about this film. Film of the year has been mentioned. I’m going to have to check it out asap.
I actually heard more bad things than good about this film. That is, when I asked my friends what they thought about it. Maybe they were expecting 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS. Online reviews are looking much better, though. I’m excited to see it.
Franz – Definitely seems to be a lot of people expecting a big ol’ action fest. This is more down the Brick / Killer Inside Me path.
Dan – Definitely try and catch this at a cinema if you can. I’d be surprised if Gosling isn’t nominated for an Oscar after this…
What a great movie. I’m on a Refn binge lately with “Drive,” “Bronson,” and “Valhalla Rising” in less than a month.
Got the other two – worth bumping them up nearer the top of my epic ‘to watch’ list?