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.”
A complete winner with the Hollywood critics, Drive; starring Ryan Gosling hit the screens this past Friday. Does this dark thriller by Cannes award winning director Nicolas Winding Refn deserve all the fanfare? Sadly, this one is sluggish & boring for most part.
Ryan Gosling is a stunt car driver by day & moonlights as a getaway driver who'll give you 5 minutes to complete whatever heinous task at hand and drive you out of there. One such heist goes wrong and he finds himself involved in something much deeper and dangerous than he had imagined.
The first 10 minutes of the film just draw you in as the tension is palpable. The 80's-noir vibe with a fantastic background track set the pace for what one would believe would be an exciting fare at hand. Alas, it all comes undone as the film then starts crawling and silence takes over for most of it.
At 1hr 40 minutes, the film isn't long but you will definitely be left looking at your watch more than once. Definitely the film has sparks of action & barbaric violence which are beautifully shot and are fun to watch. The problem is that they are few and hard to come by. The real story doesn't begin till 1 hour into the film which itself is a downer. Ryan Gosling as the ice-cold driver delivers a steely, believable performance and fits the character perfectly.
To sum it up, Drive is at best a DVD watch and does not warrant a trip to your nearby multiplex. Though it is stylishly shot and has some definite moments, it doesn't quite live up to the hype and critical acclaim surrounding it. Another issue is that the devilishly savage portions of the film are censored due to the violence. Seems rather ridiculous when they have gory action scenes from Ghajini play out for a Universal audience and let adults take in all the nudity with a gyrating Mallika Sherawat but don't see fit for the same audience to see stylized brutality.