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Drive

  • Drama
  • 2011
  • Nicolas Winding Refn
  • 96 mins
  • 18

Summary

A stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver tries to protect the wife and child of an imprisoned criminal. When the convict is released, the driver tries to convince him to give up his life of crime for his family's sake, but when they work together on a robbery, they end up drawn into a conflict with the Mafia. Crime drama, with Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan and Bryan Cranston.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Ryan Gosling convinces as a nameless stunt performer who uses his skills to moonlight as a getaway driver in this stylish revenge drama from Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn. When married neighbour Irene (Carey Mulligan in an underwritten role) and her little boy are menaced by gangsters, he acts to protect them, which leads to bloody warfare with the local criminal fraternity. Refn (best known for the Pusher series of films) drenches the movie in a kind of kitsch 1980s style, punctuating the glittering night-time skyscraper shots and synth pop soundtrack with staccato jolts of extreme violence. Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman are on fine form as the terrifying heavies, but it's Gosling who anchors the movie with a strong, silent (and undeniably pretty) performance that's oddly reminiscent, as is the set-up, of the 1953 Alan Ladd western Shane. Like watching rats fight in a gorgeously lit bucket, this is compellingly nasty, but for those with the stomach for it, Drive is a lot of fun.

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Credits

Cast

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DriverRyan Gosling
IreneCarey Mulligan
ShannonBryan Cranston
Bernie RoseAlbert Brooks
NinoRon Perlman
StandardOscar Isaac
BenecioKaden Leos
BlancheChristina Hendricks
Tan suitJeff Wolfe
CookJames Biberi
DocRuss Tamblyn

Crew

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DirectorNicolas Winding Refn

Details

Theatrical distributor
Icon Film Distribution Ltd
Released on
2011-09-23
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, nudity
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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