Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Drive (2011)

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

Starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks

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Intriguing. Artsy direction, with beautiful photography and poignant moments of silence and reflection. The mixed score of echoey percussion (reminiscent of Heat) and the 80’s-inspired soundtrack, along with the old school font and colors for the title and credits, give the film a very interesting feel.

Early on, the lack of plot and Gosling’s vacant brooding gets tiresome, but it’s all a nice setup for the plot twists and raw brutality that come later. Ends up being a nice little story, although at the film’s climax, I’m not sure why he left the money behind. Seems more stupid than noble.

Gosling does the stoic thing and plays the action well. Mulligan is pixie-ish and cute in a Michelle Phillips sort of way. Something different for Brooks. He’s really creepy in this one. Great cast and performances all around.

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