Monday, February 27, 2012
Drive - DVD Review
Starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman and Oscar Isaac.
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.
There's something very Steve McQueen-cool about this deconstructed actioner. Down to the synth-soundtrack, this reminds me of old-school flicks where it took time with pace. This movie may seem leisurely with said pace, but it's tense throughout and builds nicely for the explosive third act.
Ryan Gosling plays Driver. I don't think anyone ever says his name. He's a Hollywood stuntman by day and a getaway driver by night. We don't really know what makes Driver tick, or what he'll do next, but Gosling draws us in with his resolute focus. When Driver tightens the gloves on his hands, we know something's about to happen.
Gosling will eventually win an Oscar. He was good enough to merit a nomination here (didn't get one), and Albert Brooks should have been nominated for Best Supporting.
Drive takes a well-worn genre and makes it seem fresh. I would love it if Drive 2 happened.