Drive (2011)

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn

Writer: Hossein Amini

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Oscar Isaac, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman


Story: Driver (Gosling) a simple looking man with many mysteries, starting with his jobs part simple mechanic part stunt driver and part getaway driver. Driver leads a life of solitude but when his manager and friend Shannon (Cranston) dreams of a stock car team with Driver as the driver shady business man Bernie Rose (Brooks) has to help finance the project.


With things starting to look up for Driver he meets his beautiful neighbour Irene (Mulligan) and her son. Irene’s husband Standard (Isaac) is in prison when they meet but soon gets released. When Driver sees Standard have a altercation with some men he learns that the family is unsafe Driver sets out on completing one more getaway job helping Standard get the money to save his family. Only not everything goes to plan and Driver is now being chased down by the mob.


Can Driver save Irene and her family before its too late and escape these ruthless mobsters that are after him?


Verdict: This thriller was literally one of everyone’s favourite films of 2011 and its clear to see why. Each scene is shot just beautifully with an excellent use of music. Drive was tipped to be getting Oscar nominations but unfortunately is seemed to get over looked. It may be a bit on the violent side for some viewers and even though the main character is called Driver there isn’t too much driving going on but that is a good thing because its not just about over the top car chases, Driver is a much more composed driver who casual escapes trouble. All the performances are top-notch stuff with outstanding performances from Gosling and Brooks. Like most other people I found this movie very impressive and well worth a watch.


Story Mark 9/10 Very good story not most original but brilliant told.


Action Mark 8/10 Couple of calm car chases and violent fight scenes not stand out though.


Character Development Mark 10/10 Driver alone development is brilliant where he starts as someone almost loner like and each scene you seem to learn more and more about him.


Star Performances: Ryan Gosling brilliant performance as Driver


Albert Brooks and the face of a shady business but has a very dark side.


Favourite Character: Driver sums up the reluctant hero perfectly


Best Part: The scene in the lift with Driver, Irene and a hitman.


Best Quote: Driver ‘How about this – shut your mouth, or I’ll kick your teeth down your throat and I’ll shut it for you.’


My Rating 93%

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