Film review: Drive

26 Sep

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Dir: Nicolas Winding Refn

A film where rubber burns and bad guys are slapped around normally stars the great modern thespians such as Vin Diesel or Jason Statham. Yet Drive is a different beast entirely. This is a European spin on the American action movie starring a versatile young actor at the peak of his game (yes, even more versatile than Diesel or Statham!) Ryan Gosling is ‘Driver’, a Hollywood stuntman by day and a getaway driver by night. This quietly intense loner gets a glimpse of another life when he falls for his neighbour, Irene (Carey Mulligan), yet ‘Driver’ is a criminal and as we all know crime never pays. With its 80s electronic soundtrack and pink font titles this slickly made L.A. noir has cult classic written all over it. Gosling does his best Steve McQueen impression while Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman provide a credible threat as the gangsters ready to run ‘Driver’ off the road. This is a brutal yet visually stunning revenge drama from the director best known for the Pusher trilogy and Bronson. If you’re a bit squeamish be warned (Nicolas Winding Refn does have a thing about heads being bashed in) but if you’re made of stronger stuff then strap in and enjoy the ride.

Rating: 4/5

Review by Ewan Fraser

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2 Responses to “Film review: Drive”

  1. CMrok93 September 26, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    I feel a little bit guilty saying that Drive needed more driving. When the action comes it is tense and artfully done without shying away from the extreme violence, but that all starts to go away as soon as the characters start talking, or sighing and looking at each other. Nice review. Check out my site when you can!

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