Drive - Movie Review

Ryan Gosling plays a nameless stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway driver for people who commit crimes. He shows no enthusiasm for life and has very little emotion for anything (to the point of robotic) until he meets his neighbour Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her young son Benicio (Kaden Leos). When Irene's husband comes back from jail in the desperate need of help to do a job in order to pay back a large debt which brings danger to his family, our protagonist tries to help him only to have the heist go horribly wrong. Now nobody is safe and everything seems to go wrong as our driver desperately tries to set everything right...

Drive is a psychological action thriller that captivated my interest from start to finish. There are a couple of car chases and lots of detailed gory scenes which become downright disturbing (very appropriately rated R for extreme violence!). Ryan Gosling's character is a man of very few words and there are long awkward pauses in his dialogue when he thinks of what to say. You never find out his name and nothing about his past, you only know that he drives. This makes actually makes him a fascinating character to watch on screen. The movie is ultimately a sweet story about love and how it can bring out the "humanness" in anyone - it is just encased in bloody violence and adrenaline.

It is based on James Sallis' book of the same name that I so want to read it now! Also want the soundtrack. It features a great song fits the movie like a glove...if only I can find out what it is....something about being human.
Drive comes out in theatres today, Friday, September 16, 2011. Go see it, you won't be disappointed.

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