Jack Goes Confidential: Brooding Ryan Gosling Shifts Gears In ‘DRIVE!’

When Carey Mulligan asks Ryan Gosling: "What do you do?" he answers "I drive."

What we’ve got here is a side of Gosling we haven’t seen before. He’s brooding, aloof, calculating and low on dialogue. He’s the anti-hero.

In DRIVE Gosling plays a movie stunt driver who, during his nights off, hires out as a heist getaway driver. And he’s good at it. Damn good.

Enter next door neighbor Mulligan and her young son whose lives seem to intersect with Gosling’s on an almost daily basis. Problem is her ‘Ex’ is being released from prison and now squarely drags Gosling into his underworld.

But be aware this isn’t your typical run of the mill heist thriller. DRIVE takes the classic film noir approach with many dark scenes and long shadows. It’s probably not for everyone—especially the popcorn action crowd!

Some may even consider it borderline artsy.

The top-notch supporting cast includes ‘Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks, over the top blowheart Ron Perlman and Albert Brooks here laying down a terrific, fun crime boss performance.

Biggest criticism?

The film offers almost no insight or backstory into Gosling’s one-dimensional character.

But be forwarned, when Gosling gets upset—he gets real mad. Simply stabbing or shooting his adversaries doesn’t do it for him. This dude needs to crush their skulls real good to get it out of his system.

Hence a very hard R-rating for: "Strong, brutal, bloody violence, language and some nudity."

So buckle up as DRIVE opens citywide and raises 3-1/2 out of 5 ruthless fingers.


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6 Responses to Jack Goes Confidential: Brooding Ryan Gosling Shifts Gears In ‘DRIVE!’

  1. PB says:

    Could Be
    Worth checking out. Gosling is good in everything he’s been in. Finally got around to seeing An Education and can now understand what all the fuss was about regarding Carey Mulligan…amazing performance, couldn’t help falling in love with that character. Wall St.2 though, not so much. It’ll be interesting to see how she handles other roles as An Education was seemingly made for her. Probably underwritten and nothing more than a plot device here, we’ll see, but I can’t escape the feeling that she’s channeling Michelle Williams with the short blond do and opposite Gosling no less.

  2. Rick says:

    sounds like
    another Transporter

  3. Rick says:

    When R U going
    to review the movie of Craig Glazer’s life staring all of Hollywood. Oh wait….that hasn’t happened yet.

  4. chuck says:

    R Gos was great in “Fracture”.
    He will be in “The Ides of March” and that looks great.

    There are actually some good flicks coming out.

    Puncture, The Double, The Big Year, The Father of Invention, The Texas Killing Fields, Anonymous (Really Cool), In Time, and a couple of others.

  5. gina says:

    gosling is hot
    I go see all his movies. He’s about the hottest hunk out there.

  6. chuck says:

    This movie is a classic
    Saw it and R Gos is as scary a character as I have ever seen on the silve screen.

    Killer movie.

    Not what ya think, this flick has nothing to do with “Fast and Furious” horse shit.

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