I saw this movie not long ago, and it completely exceeded my expectations. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very well done, with solid performances by Ryan Gosling and Carey Mullgian.
Drive, starring Ryan Gosling, is a slick neo-noir crime thriller and an original experience. On the surface it looks like just a stylish action film but Drive places character development above action. The result is a film where we care about the protagonists and understand what motivates them.
The direction is very interesting and won Nicolas Winding Refn the Best Director Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The film’s sequences are somehow dream-like; the action evolves slowly. The actors often interplay without narrative, allowing their faces to speak volumes instead. This film definitely has a different feel to it.
Drive plays out on a backdrop of 1980s synth pop. This should be jarring but it works brilliantly. It is Winding Refn’s nod of acknowledgement to the action movies of that era and also to Los Angeles – where the film is set – a city which never truly left the 1980s behind, he believes.
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