Director:Nicolas Winding Refn
Stars:Ryan Gosling,Carey Mulligan and Bryan Cranston
A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.
Nicolas Winding Refn's arthouse thriller "Drive" has garnered critical praise worldwide,Featuring gritty and sometimes bloody violence along with amazingly thrilling scenes,a great score and intense performances.Drive stars Ryan Gosling as its lead character.Without a doubt Gosling is one of the best young actors working in Hollywood today,With great performances in such films as "Half Nelson","Lars And The Real Girl","Blue Valentine" aswell as George Clooney's recent political thriller "The Ides Of March",While he has been phenomenal in those films,I think he's performance in this film soars above them all.He is intense brooding,menacing and heroic playing a character known only as "Driver",A Hollywood stunt driver by day getaway driver by night.The film makes a statement about hero's and the Driver is ours,but that's a loose term for the character.Although hes character may assist petty criminals,He does take upon himself to assist a young single mother(Played By Carey Mulligan) who's husband is behind bars.
Gosling's exceptional performance is matched by a phenomenal supporting cast featuring Bryan Cranston,Albert Brooks,Carey Mulligan,Oscar Isaac,Christina Hendricks and Ron Perlman.Cranston is terrific as always as possibly the only truly good man on screen,While Brooks gives an Oscar worthy supporting performance as the creepy and menacing villain.
The film is full of fast paced action which is effective throughout the whole film,with great opening and closing sequences and a pretty unforgettably violent elevator scene,The film is awesomely written by Hossein Amini,And Refn's Direction is impeccable and its just such a well made film.
Drive is definently one of my favorite films of 2011,Its so good in every aspect,Gosling is beyond brilliant.I know the film suffered some backlash from audiences but for me it definenlty lives up to its hype.