Movie Review: Drive

Drive is an action crime thriller directed by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, starring The Notebook’s, Ryan Gosling.  But this movie is anything but a love story with a happy ending.  Simply put, Drive is bad ass.

Drive tells the story of a Hollywood stuntman (Gosling) who moonlights as a wheelman for hire.  If you need a getaway driver, he’s your man.  The driver who goes unnamed is man of few words.  After the first few minutes of the movie you begin to wonder if he’s ever going to speak.  The driver is calm, calculated, and ice cold.  The icy demeanor of the protagonist meshes well with the soundtrack that gives me an eerie 80′s vibe.

The supporting cast including Bryan Cranston, Carey Mulligan, and Albert Brooks is outstanding.  Albert Brooks as a mid-level criminal kingpin is amazing.  The chase scenes in this movie are fantastic.  One of the best scenes in the movie is before the opening credits even roll, the driver is on the getaway from police.  Adding to the intensity of the scene is that you can hear an almost play-by-play via the driver’s police scanner which really adds a layer of drama to the scene.

There is no bullshit in Drive, no excess fat.  Much like the near-silent Driver himself, this movie is boiled down to the plot which is continuously moving forward.  When Drive gets violent, and it does, it gets really violent.  I can’t remember the last movie that was this brutal.  Drive is suspenseful throughout, from the opening police chase to the last seconds of the movie you never know what’s going to happen.  For my money, Rolling Stone Magazine was justified in calling Drive the best movie of 2011, I don’t think I disagree with them.

Drives is out TODAY on DVD & Blu-Ray.

This movie is just dripping with bad ass-ness. This film is everything that Slang Strong is about. Who would have known that Ryan Gosling could be such a bad ass mother fucker? Excellent story combined with superb acting, directing, and sountrack = an all-time favorite for the Slang Strong crew.

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