Ever wonder what it’d be like to watch a movie that had all the thrill and atmosphere of a Grand Theft Auto game? Drive fulfills ever gamer’s dream with a story that immediately immerses you in the main character’s life with little or no build up. The start to the movie is on par to just about any Rockstar game up to this date, and surpasses them with ease.
But I will not candy coat my review with a variety of adjectives that relay some heart pulsing movie that is a non-stop thrill ride in the vein of countless other movies in the action genre. Instead I will say that Ryan Gosling’s performance and Nicolas Winding Refn’s direction combine for a movie that elevates above the normal tropes of a genre film like this. That’s not to say that Run isn’t filled with kinect action and glorious violence, but this rabbit hole goes quite deeper.
Drive’s story centers around Ryan Gosling, who plays a stunt driver by day and a highly skilled heist driver by night. Gosling carries the movie with a stoic performance that’s half Liam Neeson in Taken and half Jason Statham in Transporter. He is a badass that tries his best to stay in the background but does not think twice about kicking ass whenever it is needed.
What stood out to me the most was the superb usage of silence that is found throughout Drive. The dialogue has profound silences strewn throughout that either satisfies with the eventual reply or leaves you contemplating the abrupt end. Just like Valhalla Rising and Bronson before it, Refn utilizes this silence to help focus the viewer on the action and visuals before them rather than be distracted by the score or dialogue. While it may not satisfy most people’s taste for carnage and action, Drive gives a ride that is well worth the price of admission.
Rich’s Recommended Viewing:
Opening Weekend – At The Theater – Rent It – Watch It On Cable – Stay Away! – 4/5
Drive will grip you from the beginning and dare you to keep up as it gives you a story that both gives thrills and has substance. Refn and Gosling elevate a revenge/genre film to new heights with a feel that is more akin to an art-house film that avoids the testosterone filled clichés of its counterparts.