A brooding stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver, is trying to start a fresh. He falls for the beautiful mother next door after helping her husband with a job. The botched job has him accelerating once again to shake off his dangerous pursuers.
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Not sure what to make of this. I was laughing the second Albert Brooks came on screen. And can't stand Ryan Gosling. Love Carey Mulligan, but she smiled too much, especially in the beginning. Passed on one of Refn's other films, because it looked terrible. The music and clothes were weird and '80s. THEN - there were cell phones in the movies, so I'm like, what it's present day?
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Contemporary synthwave masterpiece! Refn definitely took filmmaking formulas from 70's action films esp. Cox's Repo Man with the alluring neon lighting, fashionably cool characters with Gostling's satin varsity/bomber jacket, that macho persona of driving classic muscle cars, fighting crimes and of course, falling in love and saving the girl they barely met. Even then, Drive delivers it all so well! A Cult Classic!
There's something about the way L.A. looks in this film that feels so intoxicating. Refn deploys a twisted moral code that parallels the multiple genre elements at play, and the pop art aesthetic is bursting with energy.
It's sleek and cool, but it ultimately lacks a heart, which is why the comparisons to Melville and Kitano fall flat; the latter filmmakers both infused their movies with an emotional core. Refn is adept at making a visually spectacular piece of cinema, but he doesn't bring it all together. It's just a lot of posturing and moodiness. Not that it's a bad film, it just could have been better.
Oh man, this movie was better than expected, with many of those elements of Kenneth Anger, Melville, and what the hey, 80s movies that are memorable and worthy. Only issue is a few overplayed slo-mo emotional scenes (re: 80s movies), but definitely much more stylish and compelling than I thought. Also, gorgeously, gorgeously shot movie, cinematography and editing that made me ache. --PolarisDiB
Drive is one of the most sensational movies I've seen so far this year. From Ryan Gosling's astonishing acting till the wondrous imaginary of 80's action movies references - like Kavinsky samples on the soundtrack or the way Gosling's character dresses himself.
It's a movie with a lot of personality, every second seems a brand new approach by Refn who tries to create a full grown individuality to the film.
Simultaneously one of the most underrated and overrated movies of the past 10 years. Not as good as "Bronson" in my humble opinion but I enjoyed "Drive." Not because it tries to be cool, but because it invents its own notion of cool and then remains expressly devoted to that notion for 95 minutes: pink neon fonts, icy electro-pop, Ryan Gosling in a Scorpion jacket, lowlifes dispatched in increasingly gruesome ways.
you silly fucks that gave this five stars. are we completely overlooking the UNINSPIRED, DRAWN-OUT, "WE'RE LOOKING AT EACHOTHER SO POIGNANTLY BUT NOTHING IS ACTUALLY GOING THROUGH OUR HEAD JUST A VOID OF VACANT NOTHINGNESS" romance scenes?
if that wasn't such a big part of the movie i would've given it four stars... the only reason he fell in love with her is because she's just as poor of a conversationalist.