• James Rutherford

'Drive': A Sleek, Ultra-Cool Jolt of Pure Cinematic Adrenaline


Movie poster for the film Drive starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan

“Drive” (2011) is a sleek action thriller starring Ryan Gosling as a stuntman and getaway driver who befriends his new neighbor, Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her young son, before becoming caught up in jewelry store heist concocted by Irene’s newly-released husband, Standard (Oscar Isaac).


With both sides connected inextricably to mafia bosses Bernie (Albert Brooks) and Nino (Ron Perlman), the storyline finds their carefully laid plans veering wildly off-course, with Gosling’s driver soon lurching off on a brazen path of violent retribution.


This English-language premier of Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn (Pusher, Bronson) is a highly modernized genre piece etched out by the ultra-cool stylings of a true cinematic visionary—a feverish and immersive experience bound for repeat viewings. It's a true modern classic and one of the most exciting films of the 21st century so far.

 

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