mp’s rating: 3.5/5
Well, first of all, Drive (2011) is not the kind of movie that anyone expects, or at least, I’m not expecting that.
Drive (2011) is an artsy movie, that’s for sure. If you are thinking of another Too Fast To Furious or Initial D type of movie, you are wrong. This movie is drama in every aspect, and again, artsy.
Ryan Gosling plays a young part-time mechanic who is also a stunt driver during the day. Yet, he is also known for his driving talent, making him hired by criminals to help them escape.
The story goes from being an ordinary driver, to being a man with hope, a man with love, and then a criminal. Meeting Irene, a single parent woman was the highlight of Ryan Gosling’s life, giving him a light in his dark life.
“Ryan Gosling stars as a Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway vehicles for armed heists by night. Though a loner by nature, Driver can’t help falling in love with his beautiful neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), a vulnerable young mother dragged into a dangerous underworld by the return of her ex-convict husband Standard (Oscar Isaac). After a heist intended to pay off Standard’s protection money spins unpredictably out of control, Driver finds himself driving defense for the girl he loves, tailgated by a syndicate of deadly serious criminals. But when he realizes that the gangsters are after more than the bag of cash in his trunk-that they’re coming straight for Irene and her son – Driver is forced to shift gears and go on offense. – (C) FilmDistrict”
I didn’t think that the movie was that good to deserve a 92% rating from Rotten Tomatoes, but it was quite good nevertheless. My friend praised it for the impeccable cinematography. The shots, the angle, the moving camera, the silence, the soundtrack, everything – were good, in an artsy way. But I have to say that the cinematography was great. Drive (2011) was a classic 80s movie, with unpredictable storyline, and some truth – it was realistic, and that was the winner.
And one fun fact, the name of the driver (Ryan Gosling) is not known even until the end of the movie.
Oh by the way, it was a heavy movie. If you just finished your exam, you might want to watch something light!