Drive (2011) – Movie Review

Drive is a crime-drama film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and written by Hossein Amini and James Sallis. The film is available to watch on Netflix.

The film follows a mysterious stunt driver (Ryan Gosling) and a criminal-for-hire getaway car driver in Hollywood Los Angeles. Apart from being a stunt double, he is also working as a mechanic in an auto shop owned by Shannon (Bryan Cranston). Driver meets his new neighbor, Irene (Carey Mulligan), and grows close to her and her young son, Benicio. Their budding relationship is interrupted when Irene’s husband, Standard Gabriel (Oscar Isaac), is released from prison.

The film starts with a really good and very well shot car chase sequence. The driver, the lead character, is the man of few words, and Ryan Gosling has played it perfectly. The direction and the cinematography of the film are outstanding; Every frame of the film looks like a beautiful picture. After the first chase sequence, the film moves in a full-on drama mode, which slows it down until it gets to the next drive sequence. It may feel boring to some of the audience because it literally has the many moments of just silence, long stares, and that’s it. But, in my opinion, those moments are required as a build-up for the action in the second half. The visuals, graphic violence, and action sequences are just perfect for this film. One more thing I liked most about this film is the musical score; the songs are apt to the situation.

Verdict : It is the perfect blend of arthouse and the mainstream action film.

Rating : 4/5

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