A mysterious man (Ryan Gosling) works as a stunt driver for many major Hollywood films. When a movie needs a car to crash into a wall or perhaps do a flip over, this is the man who is called in to do the job. When he is not working on a movie set, the mystery man accepts jobs as a getaway driver. If you wish to a rob bank and try to get away with it, this is a man who can make sure you escape without getting caught. But our leading character is about to find himself in a world of trouble when he begins to help his young female neighbour and her son. Naturally, the man starts to care for and assist the two, doing anything to make sure they are kept safe and well protected, even if this means spilling some blood along the way.
As a film, Drive is quite a dark film with gritty tones and is also filled with tense moments which could be uncomfortable to watch for some movie lovers. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, the director brings something rather unique to the screen. This is a film that feels very artistic to me, with beautiful shots being captured every moment. There are many scenes that can feel fast-paced, but there are also moments that are full of slow-moving shots. Both are equally pleasing. There is always something happening in this film and on-screen, and each shot is full of detail for your eyes to see. The plot itself is also full of surprises, and not one moment in this film is ever predictable.
The performance by Ryan Gosling is fantastic, and to my surprise, his role here is not very heavy when it comes to dialogue. The actor was required to be expressive with his facials more than ever, and his work here overall is outstanding. Supporting roles are also top-notch. This includes performances from Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Bryan Cranston. I was also shocked at how gripping Albert Brooks was able to be in this film with his uncomfortable presence.
Drive has an incredible soundtrack too. It is a mixture of many different genres, but I fell in love with the soundtrack upon first viewing. I enjoyed the film’s soundtrack so much that I own the CD and two different editions on vinyl. One LP was released in Gold, and the other in hot pink. I rarely own more than one copy of the same soundtrack, but I genuinely love it that much.
Overall, Drive is nothing but a pure masterpiece in my eyes, and it feels like a slice of cinematic artwork. The film is filled with tension, suspense, and always had my attention even during the slow-paced moments. The film’s soundtrack is stellar, and it is unforgettable. The same can be said about Ryan Gosling’s performance along with the film’s supporting cast. Drive is most certainly on my top favourite films of all time and I can accept that this type of film is not for the faint-hearted.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden