The movie is about a Hollywood stunt performer (played by Gosling) who moonlights as a wheelman and discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.
The movie is about a Hollywood stunt performer (played by Gosling) who moonlights as a wheelman and discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong. less
“Drive takes its time to establish each character in the finest manner but at the same time stuns you with its incredible action sequences. Brilliant performances by Ryan Gosling and others makes it even more enjoyable.”
'Drive' has been winning accolades across the globe with the crowning glory being the top prize at the Cannes film festival this year. The movie is a slow burn thriller comprised mostly of quiet moments of plot and character building that almost emits a zen like meditative quality punctuated by sudden bursts of violence and action that thrill and shock you in equal measure.
Ryan Gosling plays the 'Driver' a nameless entity who works as a stunt driver for movies by day and moonlights as a getaway driver by night. His meticulous planning for every heist is shown in detail early on in the movie which makes 'The Transporter' seem like a Harry Potter like fantasy. His quiet exterior which seems to suggest a tough attitude is permeated by his attractive neighbour, Irene (Cary Mulligan) & her young son. The driver seems to be falling for Irene when her husband, Standard (Oscar Isaac) comes out of jail and he owes money to a lot of bad people. In an effort to help them out the Driver becomes embroiled with a set of unscrupulous mobsters who stop at nothing to earn a buck or save their asses. So will the driver be able to help Irene & Standard?
The movie isn't a thrill ride like you'd expect a movie about getaway drivers, mobsters & heists to be. Ryan Gosling does not have more than 50 lines in the entire movie which allows those around him to seemingly dominate the proceedings. Actors like Albert Brooks & Ron Perlman chew are so good in their roles that they chew on the scenery with gusto. In no way do the superior performances take anything away from Ryan Gosling who is in his element by just his quiet demeanour. You almost get the feeling that you are reading his mind and anticipating his next move by the inordinate time the camera spends on him.
The action is brief and realistic and sometimes the chases in a few slow motion shots look glorious but the violence does seem to get too brutal at times which might turn viewers off.
'Drive' is thinking man's 'Transporter'; it isn't for everyones taste and those expecting an all out action movie are best advised to stay away. Those on the other hand who enjoy slow-burn thrillers that care about characters and take their time in building up will find much to appreciate here.