Drive is a dark action thriller about an unnamed driver who works as a car mechanic by day, film stunt driver and a criminal getaway driver for hire. It is a slow-moving film punctuated with very strong violence.

Ryan Gosling stars as the unnamed “Driver” who is a loner and speaks very little met Irene (played by Carey Mulligan) a single mom who lives down the hall in an apartment building in Los Angeles. The Driver works as a mechanic, stunt man driver and getaway driver. He works with Shannon, a mechanic who equips him for the dirty work. Shannon has a dream of getting Driver on a race track so he convinces a gangster boss to back him with a race car.


The film opens with  the Driver in a getaway car waiting for the other criminals then in an extended car chase with the police. The opening scenes with the high-speed car chase happens in downtown Los Angeles; the “southland” is often the scene of televised high-speed car chases.

The Driver and Irene lives in the same apartment building and got involved romantically. Irene appears to be a single mom raising a boy at the start of the film but she is married to a husband who is in prison. The husband owes a lot of money to an organized crime. He is to payback the money by robbing a pawn shop. The Driver agreed to help by driving the getaway car. The robbery went wrong and out of control, the husband gets killed. Everything went wrong the Driver’s controlled life goes out of control.

Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman star as the mob bosses. They are very credible and creepy mob bosses. Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan acted very well too. There is chemistry between the two. Ryan Gosling’s brand of acting which is minimalist is perfect for the role. Like the cars he admires, he hides his roaring emotions within a quiet exterior. Carey Mulligan’s role is conflicted and sweet.

There are violent and graphic scenes but they are far in between. The cinematography is exceptional, the opening sequence has a well-chosen soundtrack makes the movie worth watching. It offers both style and substance.

The movie is directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. The movie is not your typical action shoot-em-up, it is an art-house action movie. The Drive is very well recommended.




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13 Responses to Drive

  1. maryday93 says:

    He is so cute and handsome.

  2. Linh says:

    very stylish movie!

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    Love the Drive movie by the way, very stylish.

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    • Bailey says:

      If he chooses the right projects Ryan Gosling will become one of the major star in a short time.

    • Itzoo says:

      I love Drive but the more I think about the similarities the more it boterhs me. Ok so Leon was a social misfit who found a niche life through his criminal abilities. His life gets turned upside down by a new emotional connection. He ends up sacrificing everything he has to protect that person. Oh and all of that is tied to a mob crime ring stabbing him in the back. Oh yeah he has a mentor who’s mostly just making money off his back. Does any o this sound familiar at all? Add to that the uncut Euro version of the movie hints at a very different relationship between Leon and the girl. On top of tha there’s the overall Euro sensibility to the filmmaking, which makes sense considering the director.

  5. Stariray says:

    Ryan Gosling should become a major star if he keeps making movies like this.

  6. Norma A says:

    Very stylish movie. Great!

  7. Juan says:

    Drive is one of the best car-chase movie I have ever watched. Ryan Gosling is terrific, he should do more movies.

  8. Bobby C says:

    The Drive is a very stylish action thriller movie. OPne of the best of 2011. Ryan Gosling is so good in the mocie.

    • Mike says:

      True, this movie is very stylish, Ryan Gosling should win an award. His acting style is very subdued but very effective

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