Drive (2011) – Film Review
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan
by Dan Berlinka
A Hollywood stuntman leads a double life as a getaway driver. He tries to protect his neighbour and her son from gangsters who are gunning for her husband.
Elegantly stripped down retro caper of sorts. Had it been made 30-years ago it would have been cool as hell. Even now it’s pretty good to look at, as are Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan’s understated lead characters.
However, focusing on a stylistic rear view mirror, even with such icy detachment, doesn’t feel like it’s really moving us forward. And the whole idea of eighties nostalgia says a lot about the creative bleakness of the present.
“Not quite the triumph”
Given the title, Drive is surprisingly slow in places. It might have been more fun if it was shallower and less ‘European’, as Albert Brooks’ movie producer turned gangster describes one of his own films.
It’s certainly worth seeing, as it stitches together very well. Just maybe not quite the triumph you might have been led to expect.