Posted by on September 19, 2011

Drive is a powerful, original film. Starting out slow, but in a good way, it has a feeling of smoldering suspense. And then the film explodes with high speed intensity. At the center of this film is a quiet, brooding stunt driver, played brilliantly by Ryan Gosling. Gosling’s character dabbles in driving the getaway car for two-bit criminals. But eventually he ends up in the middle of a criminal group that is anything but two-bit, and must shift into overdrive to fight his way out of the situation.

Gosling’s performance is incredible. He believably shifts from showing his softer side, caring for his neighbor and her son, to picking up a sawed-off shotgun and blowing the head off a mob member. He may be the most versatile actor in Hollywood today, considering that he just excelled in Crazy. Stupid. Love. Also worth noting is Director Nicolas Winding Refn. This film has some amazing scenes, shots and angles. From close-ups of Gosling slowly making a fist in his leather driving gloves, to a final struggle shown only by the shadows on the parking lot. This is an intense (and violent) ride that you won’t want to miss.

Final Grade: A-

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