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Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

2011 - Bold Films

Not Rated

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan. Bryan Cranston. Albert Brooks. Oscar Isaac.

Eclectic Rating: stars

Movie Review:

Watch out for the quiet ones...

This was a great film. It builds slowly with great characters and some diversion to throw us off any trail we might pick up. Sometimes it's easy to see where a movie is headed, but this one has a few surprises.

Gosling's character is the quiet type, an auto mechanic who is also a part-time Hollywood stunt driver. Quiet can be deceiving though, and we see he's been involved in some other stuff. His character is capable of some pretty brutal behavior too, and that hints at a deeper, darker side, but on the surface he's a pretty solid guy you feel you can trust. He's a sort of dirty hero.

The film features some brutal violence, that's what made me more interested in Goslings character. He's more than just a tough guy, seems like he's got some pent up hostilities base on the way he stomped it out in one scene. You could stop yourself after a guy is down.

There were a couple of scenes with Driver's possible love interest Irene (Carey Mulligan) where they would just sit and look at each other, smile sheepishly and say very little. The first time this happened it was a bit odd but understandable, since they were new to each other and unacquainted, shy. But it happened a few other times in the film and got a little annoying. Made me start to wonder if Driver was just a shy good guy or maybe a little weird too.

The movie still works very well though. Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame does a wonderful job as always. Very talented cast, director and a great story combine to produce a fine piece of film in Drive.

I enjoyed the pace of the film, how it developed and unfolded. Great action and stunt driving scenes. Good characters. Very enjoyable and exciting.

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Last Update: 09 May, 2019

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