62. Drive

Ryan Gosling stars in Drive as a nameless bad ass (we’ll call him “Driver”) who is  a Hollywood stunt driver by day and hired getaway driver by night.  The film begins with an intense and unforgettable chase through Los Angeles as Driver cleverly eludes the LAPD after a heist.  The film shifts gears to explore Driver’s personal side as he manages his day job with his alter-ego that deals with hardcore mob affiliates and crooks by night.  After his attractive neighbor (Carey Mulligan) catches his eye, Driver begins to spend time with her and her son Benecio, atleast until her husband Standard (Oscar Isaac) is released from prison.  Meanwhile, Driver is in negotiations with his mentor and two mob kingpins played by Albert Brooks and Jon Perlman to become a professional racecar driver.

After learning that Standard owes some bad people a lot of money and that Benicio and his mother are in imminent danger, Driver agrees to help out Standard, along with Blanche (Christina Hendricks, yes, Joan from Mad Men!) in a pawn shop robbery set up by a thug named Cook (James Biberi).   After the robbery goes horribly wrong, Driver gets wrapped up in a bloody and ruthless debacle-not to mention stuck with a million dollars in a duffle bag that the mob wants back.  It is all up to Driver to kick everyone’s ass that stands in his way until he meets the ones truly responsible for the setup.

With a perfect balance of action, drama, and subtle laughs, Drive has a little something for everyone – not to mention a plethora of blood and guts (seriously, don’t say I didn’t warn you).  The car chases are thrilling but never overdose on testosterone, and Gosling manages to be grizzled but humble and solemn yet fascinating all at the same time.  With a slick soundtrack that echoes the smooth synths of the 80’s, the film feels like a timeless classic that Clint Eastwood or Steve McQueen could have done 40 years ago.  If Gosling were to continue picking roles as wonderful as Drive, he truly has limitless potential.  Albert Brooks and Jon Perlman are also perfect in their villainous roles.  Quite simply, Drive delivered everything that most summer blockbusters failed upon this year – and I definitely have the urge to catch it again while it’s still in theaters.  Bravo.

5 stars out of 5

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3 Comments on “62. Drive”

  1. September 20, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    Ooh may have to check this one out. Think i’d like it?

  2. September 22, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    great movie and ryan gosling was excellent in this!

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