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A lone-wolf Hollywood stunt driver (Ryan Gosling) moonlights as a freelance getaway wheelman, and he finds his solitary existence taking on new meaning after befriending Irene (Carey Mulligan), the lonely wife of convicted felon Standard (Oscar Isaac), and her young son Benicio (Kaden Leos). When Standard gets released from prison and is strong-armed into committing a bold daytime robbery, the Driver offers his services in an effort to help the repentant ex-con cut his ties to the criminal underworld. Things get complicated, however, when the robbery goes unexpectedly awry, and the Driver just barely manages to escape alive. When the take from the job proves to be stratospherically higher than the Driver was led to believe, it quickly becomes apparent that they were set up. Later, thugs threaten to kill Irene and Benicio, and all evidence points to transplanted New York crime boss Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks) and his hot-headed partner Nino (Ron Perlman) as the masterminds. As the Driver attempts to turn the tables on them, it becomes clear that the chain of command goes much higher than he could have ever anticipated.~Jason Buchanan
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This right here is such a good movie, I loved everything about it. It was well edited and the direction of the movie was well shot!
This is by far one of the best movies ever delivered in my opinion. Gosling nails the part. The soundtrack is a bonus. Definitely recommend this movie. I ordered this online and the packaging was pristine.
This movie is about a Hollywood stunt driver who is also a
freelance getaway driver for criminals. It is also a tragic love story.
Thrilling chases sequences, action, and suspense abound.
The special features are numerous, well-done, and well worth watching.
There is a digital download available using BD-LIVE.
Drive is an enjoyable visual experience. Gosling's subtle acting is refreshing during the first viewing. However, after repeated viewings, it tends to come off as somewhat forced and wooden.
There are a few scenes that are an absolute pleasure. The initial heist, elevator and hotel scenes immediately come to mind. The shower sequence that transpires within the hotel scene is a commendable nod to Scarface and a bona fide adrenaline rush.
At times the film's art house style and visuals feel a bit forced and distracting. The dialogue can fall flat. Unnecessarily long pauses frequently occur within the dialogue, often resulting in discordantly simplistic lines . This can be frustrating at times, making the exchanges between Gosling and Mulligan distracting and strained. Talking to a character that has little to say can only work for so long before losing it's initial charm. Fortunately, scenes containing Brooks and Cranston provide a better platform for dialogue (especially when they are interacting with each another).
Despite these issues, there's still something quite enjoyable about this film. Maybe it's the simplistic story with some beautifully executed visuals that helps distinguish itself from the current wave of bloated, self-absorbed, films that are currently engulfing cinema. Why are so many screenwriters filled with delusions of grandeur and a to need write stories in vein of Tarantino? There's a point where imitation goes from flattering to annoying.
Drive avoids this pitfall and is content to be what it is-- a candid story with lush visuals, which seamlessly transition between elegant tranquility and appropriate doses of tenacious violence. All of this is perfectly complimented by a superb 80s influenced soundtrack.
Drive's like that one girl every guy's met at a party once. She appears to be invisible to every other man in the room. But for some unexplainable reason there's an instantaneous wave of attraction that completely envelopes your body the moment you see her. You talk to her. It's exciting and refreshing. Almost surrealistic. Yet you leave without getting her number. Maybe the mere thought of making a move and getting rejected would tarnish a moment that's so pure..so perfect that it needs to remain just that--a moment. A much needed good memory to overshadow a bad one. But as soon as you reach your place to retire for the night, you realize you just walked away from something special. That girl electrified your senses. You're not sure what distinguished her from the rest. You'll never know. And that's why you'll always be left wanting more.
I’m a big Ryan Gosling fan and prefer his grittier and less well known films. I had no idea what I was getting into when I first watched this movie. It was a surprise- in the best way possible. I think I sat stunned for a good ten minutes after it finished just trying to process what I had just seen. Gosling is at his best in Drive. This role couldn’t be more different than some of his other movies like The Notebook or La La Land. He was damaged, dangerous and brooding and he didn’t even speak a whole lot. It’s a very different kind of film, dark and fairly violent at certain times so if you’re squimish than beware. But I hope it doesn’t keep you from watching because it is a truly great film. The other actors and actresses were all very impressive too, but this film definitely belongs to Ryan Gosling. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched it. After writing this review and just thinking about it, I have to go watch it right now!
First, the title can be a little misleading if you expect an action loaded movie. This is NOT A Fast and the Furious movie, this is a movie where you have a very good story, great visual, great development of characters, where "drive" is used in the sense of "keep going". The story is around Driver, who is a stunt driver by day and a getaway car driver by night. He stars a relationship with his neighbor, a single mother, and starts to open himself to her and the kid. In the meanwhile, a robbery goes bad and he realized he was going to be framed for that robbery. He is trying to figure out who is trying to frame him while the dad of the neighbor's kid gets out of jail and comes back to her, staring a love triangle. Driver is conflicted between the crime world he lives in (solitary, quiet) and the new perspective of the love he feels for her neighbor (that makes him warmer and more of a person), and he has to decide what side wins.