‘There are no clean getaway’s’ especially if you get stuck in an elevator with Ryan Gosling’s character in the film Drive. He may be quiet, but he’s not afraid to stomp people to death. It’s this unpredictability that makes the film truly enjoyable to watch.
Drive is about a man (played by Ryan Gosling), who is a mechanic, a stunt driver and occasionally a wheelman. He gets to know his neighbour Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her son Benicio (Kaden Leos). At the time, Irene’s husband was in jail, but he is released and owes money to some criminals. Gosling’s character (Driver) decides to help by driving the getaway car to a pawn shop robbery. However, it goes bad and Driver must then go on the run from a criminal gang.
To protect himself, Irene and Benicio, he does some pretty crazy things, including stomping someone to death. With that in mind, I’m going to say this isn’t the kind of movie you bring your kids too. That’s right, I’m talking to you parents who blame movies and video games for there kids being screwed up. For a while it seems like the film is going one way; Driver going to become a race car driver, fall in love with Irene and be a great stepdad. Then all of a sudden it changes completely; Driver is on the run and Irene and Benicio are in danger. It’s a great feeling when you genuinely have no clue how a movie will end.
Now on to the bad stuff, one of the most noticeable things is slow dialogue. You could make the film like an hour shorter if you cut out all the bits were people take ages before answering each other. It was probably intended to make certain characters seem deep and mysterious, but honestly my friend and I turned to one another and asked ‘What’s wrong with him?’, which I doubt is the reaction they were going for. The film is artsy and does a lot with body language and stares, however this actually works well. So let’s review; slow response time = mentally challenged, complete silence = artsy and revolutionary.
Audience members laughed and cringed their way through the film and at the end they legitimately cared what happened to the characters. That, in my eyes, makes this a great movie, one which I recommend people (not children) see.
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