Drive (2011) - Oscar® Nominee!
Ryan Gosling stars as a Hollywood stunt driver for movies by day and moonlights as a wheelman for criminals by night. Though a loner by nature, “Driver” can’t help falling in love with his beautiful neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), a young mother dragged into a dangerous underworld by the return of her ex-convict husband. After a heist goes wrong, Driver finds himself driving defense for the girl he loves, tailgated by a syndicate of deadly serious criminals (Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman). Soon he realizes the gangsters are after more than the bag of cash and is forced to shift gears and go on the offense.
Editor's NoteA lone-wolf Hollywood stunt driver (Ryan Gosling) moonlights as a freelance getaway wheelman, and he finds his solitary existence taking on new meaning after befriending Irene (Carey Mulligan), the lonely wife of convicted felon Standard (Oscar Isaac), and her young son Benicio (Kaden Leos). When Standard gets released from prison and is strong-armed into committing a bold daytime robbery, the Driver offers his services in an effort to help the repentant ex-con cut his ties to the criminal underworld. Things get complicated, however, when the robbery goes unexpectedly awry, and the Driver just barely manages to escape alive. When the take from the job proves to be stratospherically higher than the Driver was led to believe, it quickly becomes apparent that they were set up. Later, thugs threaten to kill Irene and Benicio, and all evidence points to transplanted New York crime boss Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks) and his hot-headed partner Nino (Ron Perlman) as the masterminds. As the Driver attempts to turn the tables on them, it becomes clear that the chain of command goes much higher than he could have ever anticipated.
Drive - DVD Review
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Published on: 1/31/2012 5:03 AM
|If deception is indeed an artform, then Drive is its Mona Lisa. It's a deliberately paced cruise through the electric life of a stunt man/getaway car ace where nothing is what it seems and very little plays out the way you expect. In the hands of the devious Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (responsible for the equally engaging Bronson and Valhalla Rising), it's a brutal, bravura shock, an unexpected thrill outside the firecrackers exploding onscreen. While some may consider it noir, it's far nastier than that. In truth, it's more like the rot revealed whenever the layers of La-La Land are pared away....read the full review|