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.
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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