Drive (2011)

Well, I’m impressed.

Drive (2011)
Directed By: Nicolas Winding Refn

The Prologue
When you think of Ryan Gosling you might not think of a bad ass. I mean the guy has been great in romantic movies like The Notebook, he’s been charmingly weird in films like Lars and a Real Girl, and he’s been very very good in reality based films like Blue Valentine. Now in the film, Drive, Gosling channels his inner bad ass in a film that is way cooler and way better than it had any right at all of being. It’s exciting, it’s well paced, and it has some graphic violence at times to boot. I didn’t know what I’d get from the film going into watching it, but I am happy to report that I was very shocked and pleased with the results.

The Movie

Ryan Gosling stars as a Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for a movie productions by day and steering getaway vehicles for armed heists by night. Though a loner by nature, Driver can’t help falling in love with his beautiful neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), a vulnerable young mother dragged into a dangerous underworld by the return of her ex-convict husband Standard (Oscar Isaac).

You’ll notice right off hand with the nature of this film that it is very stylish and the director knew just what kind of feel and look he was going for when making it. I guess you could say it at times plays more like a live action Grand Theft Auto, but that isn’t a bad thing by any means. We are introduced to a few characters in this film that are pretty interesting in their own right, and while some things do feel incomplete once the movie does reach it’s end, I don’t think you’ll feel cheated once our film wraps.

On top of the fast paced driving scenes and the shocking gore you get from time to time, the center of this movie is based around our driver and his feelings he develops for a married woman and her son, who lives down the hall from him. When you learn she is married and her husband is in jail (soon to be getting out), you can just feel the oncoming doom from that point on. You know something bad is going to happen more sooner than later, you just don’t know when or what. Once the hand is played, the intensity goes up a notch, it’s a real nail biter trying to sit and see what is to happen next.

Gosling really does bring our unnamed driver to life here, making a very odd, yet likeable character that seems to keep his morals even when covered in the dark world he takes part in. And really you could give props to every actor in this film because I can’t think of a bad one in the bunch. The film is just about the perfect run-time, and it never gets boring from start to finish. You have a interesting and exciting plot, and you have a pretty good style and feel going on at the same time. So overall, I’d say Drive is very much worth checking out if you like action and a good story.

The Conclusion
I’ve heard some people say this is the best movie of the year, and I wouldn’t go THAT far. It is very good however, and it may give all American movies a run for that title, but overall it just isn’t on par with such things as, I Saw the Devil. But it did beat the heck out of any expectations I had going in, and I do recommend you guys check it out.

The Rating (8/10)