DVD | Drama | 09 Mar 2012
DVD | Drama | 09 Mar 2012
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There are no clean getaways.
Ryan Gosling stars as a Los Angeles wheelman for hire,stunt driving for movie productions by day and steeringgetaway vehicles for armed heists by night. Though a lonerby nature, Driver cant help falling in love with his beautifulneighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), a vulnerable young motherdragged into a dangerous underworld by the return of herex-convict husband Standard (Oscar Isaac).After a heist intended to pay off Standards protection moneyspins unpredictably out of control, Driver finds himself drivingdefense for the girl he loves, tailgated by a syndicate ofdeadly serious criminals (Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman).But when he realizes that the gangsters are aftermore than the bag of cash in his trunk - that theyrecoming straight for Irene and her son - Driver isforced to shift gears and go on offense.
Review of Drive by Peter Walkden
A mysterious man (Ryan Gosling) works as a stunt driver for many major Hollywood films. When a film needs a car to crash into a wall or perhaps do a crazy stunt with a car flipping over, this is the man who gets called to do the job. When he is not working on film sets, the mystery man does jobs as a getaway driver. If you wish to a rob bank and try to get away with it, this is a man who can make sure you get away without getting caught. But our leading character is about to find himself in a world of danger when he begins to help his female neighbour and her son.
As a film, Drive is quite a dark film with gritty tones. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, the director brings something rather unique and different. This is a film that feels very artistic to me, with wonderful shots being delivered every second. There are many scenes that can feel fast-paced, but there are also moments that are full of slow-moving shots. Both are equally pleasing.
The performance by Ryan Gosling is fantastic; his role here isn’t very dialogue-heavy. The actor was required to be more expressive with his facials than ever, and his work here overall is applaud worthy. Supporting cast is also top-notch. This includes performances from Oscar Issac, Carey Mulligan and Bryan Cranston.
Drive has an incredible soundtrack too. It is a mixture of many different genres, but I fell in love with the soundtrack upon first viewing.
Overall, Drive is a masterpiece in my eyes. The film is filled with tension, suspense, and always held my attention even during slower moments. The film’s soundtrack is also incredible. The same can be said about Ryan Gosling’s performance along with the film’s supporting cast. Drive is most certainly on my top favourite movies of all time and comes highly recommended!
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Release Date: 09 Mar 2012
Actor(s): Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Oscar Isaac, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Kaden Leos, Jeff Wolfe, James Biberi, Russ Tamblyn, Joe Bucaro III, Tiara Parker, Tim Trella, Jim Hart
Catalogue No: PF9536
Disc Count: 1
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
OFLC Rating: MA15+
Run Time: 100
Transfer Format: 16:9 Enhanced, Full Height Anamorphic, Widescreen
Video Format: PAL
Primary Audio: DTS 5.1
Region Code: 4
OFLC Advice: Strong Bloody Violence
Genre: Drama, Thriller