Movie Review: Drive

Thursday, November 3, 2011
Synopsis: Driver is a Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for 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, a vulnerable young mother dragged into a dangerous underworld by the return of her ex-convict husband Standard. After a heist intended to pay off Standard's protection money spins unpredictably out of control, Driver finds himself driving defense for the girl he loves, tailgated by a syndicate of deadly serious criminals. But when he realizes that the gangsters are after more than the bag of cash in his trunk - that they're coming straight for Irene and her son - Driver is forced to shift gears and go on offense.
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman
Directed by: Nicholas Winding Refn
U.S. Rating: R

Contrary to most of the amazingly positive reviews and comments I read about Drive, I must say that I was expecting something different from this film.

Director Nicholas Winding Refn brings to the big screen another intense violence crime novel written by author James Sallis, about a yound guys working as a driving stuntman during the day, and as an expert getaway driver by night. Driver, as any other expert getaway driver, is a methodical quiet and private person who doesn't talk much and tries to keep that balance and silent perfection in his work, day and night. Driver meets his neighbor, Irene, and her little son, Benicio. Soon they will get into his life and he'll be breaking his own strict privacy and methodical way of work. While he's getting more into Irene's life, he meets the father of her son, Gabriel, who was released from prison. Things go bad when Driver finds Gabriel beaten up by some strong-armed mobsters and he's forced to do some dirty work and collect some money for the leader of these mobsters. When Driver tries to help Gabriel to get this dirty job done, get clean of his debt with these mobsters, things go wrong, Gabriel is killed and soon he'll find that no one is safe, especially Irene and her son. Driver will take the problem in his hands, forced to unleash his dark and most dangerous side.

My review is based on my own personal impression of this film, and that's why it might vary from so many other opinions. First of all, I felt the film was extremely slow. The lack of dialogue made it really hard to follow. There were some moments when I got anxious to know what was going on, since everything on this film was running like in slow mode. Director Nicholas Winding Refn, just like in his previous films, tries to display some strong violence, making it in some moments hard to diggest. It was actually like watching a Tarantino film in slow mode. Extreme violence, a very slow plot, but must admit that in the other hand, worked with such an amazing and talented cast. Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan made it worth to watch. I personally believe it's been a pretty good year for Ryan Gosling and we should be prepared to see more of his talent in the near future.
There's a particular characteristic on this film. Director Nicholas Winding Refn always like to work with open ends. He believes is part of the art expressed on this entertainment world, working on stories that will allow viewers to think and get different opinions about all different possible situations. That's something I enjoyed, since we could think different things from the end of this film about what really happened with Driver.

I would rate this movie with a 2/5

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