Drive

Drive

Nicolas Winding Refn (2011)

96min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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 attractive 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.

Summary

A stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver tries to protect the wife and child of an imprisoned criminal. Upon his release, the convict is forced to rob a pawnshop to pay off his gangland debts, with the driver offering his assistance. However, the job goes awry and the driver is drawn into a conflict with the Mafia. Crime drama, with Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan and Bryan Cranston.

Cast & Crew

Driver Ryan Gosling
Irene Carey Mulligan
Shannon Bryan Cranston
Bernie Rose Albert Brooks
Standard Oscar Isaac
Blanche Christina Hendricks
Nino Ron Perlman
Benicio Kaden Leos
Director Nicolas Winding Refn
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Icon Film Distribution LtdGuidance: Violence, swearing, nudityAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 23 Sep 2011
Drama