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Drive

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 2011
  • Nicolas Winding Refn
  • 96 mins
  • 18

Summary

Crime thriller starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan. In Los Angeles, a mysterious garage mechanic and film stunt driver also moonlights as an ice-cool wheelman during robberies. But when he befriends his next-door neighbour and her child, he soon finds himself in a deadly situation.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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
Languages
English | German | Spanish
Guidance
Violence, swearing, nudity
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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