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Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan star in this crime thriller about a movie stuntman who also works as a getaway driver for the mafia. Nominated for the Palme d'Or and winner of Best Director at Cannes 2011. From director Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson), adapted from the James Sallis novel.
When a planned heist goes wrong, Gosling's unnamed getaway driver is blamed. LA's most dangerous criminal (Albert Brooks) puts out a contract on his life and he goes on the run through the streets of Los Angeles, while protecting his love interest (Mulligan) and her son.
Ryan Gosling , Carey Mulligan, Ron Perlman , Bryan Cranston , Christina Hendricks , Oscar Isaac, Albert Brooks, Tina Huang
Nicolas Winding Refn ('Valhalla Rising', 'Bronson', The 'Pusher' Trilogy)
Festivals & Awards
Winner of Best Director, Cannes Film Festival 2011.
(R18) contains graphic violence and offensive language | Action, Thriller | USA | Official Website
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If you are after lots of action then get something else. The film never gets into high gear so if you feel that the first hour is slow then turn it off and go to bed because it doesn't get any better.Reviewed by Guy
Best movie of 2011Reviewed by Nick
not greatReviewed by ange
A.V. Club (USA)
It’s retro genre heaven.Click to read full review.
Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)
Drive looks like one kind of movie in the ads, and it is that kind of movie. It is also a rebuke to most of the movies it looks like.Click to read full review.
About as much shamelessly disreputable, stylish, ultra-violent fun you’re going to have at the movies this year.Click to read full review.
Entertainment Weekly (USA)
A visually and aurally edgy Euro-influenced American genre movie...Click to read full review.
It’s a fun, if not exhilarating, ride, one sped along with the help of a wonderfully assembled cast.Click to read full review.
Pure cinema, a grenade of image and sound ready to blow.
Total Film (UK)
An action crime movie that’s as cerebral and surreal as it is red-blooded.
Thoroughly immersing, Drive leaves the competition in the dust.Click to read full review.
Whereas most muscle-car action pics are visually and narratively flat, Drive displays stunning style.Click to read full review.
Dominic Corry, Flicks.co.nz
About half-way through Drive, Bernie Rose, the mid-level LA mobster character played by Albert Brooks, is talking about his past as a producer of action movies in the ‘80s. “Some people described them as…‘European’…” he says. Both times I’ve seen Drive, this line elicited a mild murmur of recognition from the audience, as he is essentially describing the movie he is in.
On paper, Drive sounds pretty generic and at one point was destined to be a stock-standard action movie with Hugh Jackman in the lead role. Thankfully, Ryan Gosling and crazy Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson; Valhalla Rising) came on board and created a modern masterpiece of stylistic austerity and unfettered cool.
A neon and synth-laden ‘80s fever dream, Drive manages to hold back where similar films go over the top. The opening car chase is excruciatingly slow, creating a sustained air of uneasy tension that finds release in brief flashes of extreme violence.
Gosling commands the screen with the effortless cool of Newman or McQueen – he has very few lines, but his actions speak volumes. Refn infuses even the most minor characters with complex identities, with Brooks and Ron Pearlman both delivering scorching supporting performances. Only Carey Mulligan (An Education), as the love interest, seems a little bit out of place.
A firecracker up the backside of the bloated modern action movie, Drive shows just how emotive and poetic the genre can be.