Movie Review: Drive (2011) – Interesting independent filmmaking

Thanks to the Marc Maron’s WTF podcast interview with Bryan Cranston, I learned about the movie Drive from last year where Cranston had a bit part. It is a chilling tale about the main character simply known as “The Driver”. He is pretty much plodding through life in an emotionless state doing car stunts by day and getaway driving by night and played to perfection by Ryan Gosling. Cranston plays a sort-of-friend called Shannon that hooks Driver up with some shady folks that get the intrigue rolling in the film. The character seems relatively quiet and non-violent until he gets pushed into a corner and then – whammo! – he is actually capable of extreme violence and kills about 6 people (or was it 7?) by the end of the film. There is, of course, a love interest named Irene played by Carrie Mulligan but this is a very original love affair. It is almost completely chaste and consists of long sighs and long drives. The only problem is that Irene is married to a guy in prison that gets out just in time for all hell to break loose in Driver’s universe. There was a great bit part by Albert Brooks as the bad guy that was well done. This is the first movie I have seen from Nicolas Winding Rifn and I definitely appreciated the originality of the pacing, the camera work and the fact that we are not spoon-fed the story here. The visual cues are simplistic, particularly the 70’s scorpion jacket of Driver but these all add an iconic feel to the film. I don’t think it made it over here to Europe and that is a shame because it was a great film.

So, anyone else see this one and enjoy it?

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About mfinocchiaro

IT Architecture Guru for large PLM software company but dabbling in Web 2.0 and other stuff.
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2 Responses to Movie Review: Drive (2011) – Interesting independent filmmaking

  1. Erik Spierenburg says:

    Saw it, and late to the game as well. It actually was voted the best movie of the year 2011 here in the Netherlands (http://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2011/12/27/de-beste-film-van-het-jaar-heet-drive/). We are SO avant-garde here in Holland 🙂

    We (my wife, our sixteen-year old and I) saw it a couple of months ago and were blown away by it. There was a documentary on NWR on the DVD that made me want to see his older, Danish films too.

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