A movie stuntman who does a bit of off the record work as a getaway driver finds his solitary life becoming much more complicated when he becomes attracted to his next door neighbor, Irene. And when Irene’s violent criminal husband is released from prison, driving is the only thing that still makes sense.
Ryan Gosling (Driver), Carey Mulligan (Irene), Bryan Cranston (Shannon), Albert Brooks (Bernie), Oscar Isaac (Standard), Christina Hendricks (Blanche), Ron Perlman (Nino).
Drive leaves the starting line a bit slow as character development is explored, followed by some brief plot setup. Finally finding a gear it likes, the story cruises along well for a while as Driver and Irene get to know one another. When Standard comes into the picture things get bumpier briefly and then the wheels come off entirely. The film finally ends with a puff of smoke that almost punctuates the energy that never developed in the film.
Acting left something to be desired in this one. Gosling had such minimal dialogue you almost wonder if he can speak at all. When he finally does, there is such a lack of emotion it explains the silence. Mulligan was a bit better but her delivery felt a bit half-hearted. Brooks was in type as a jerk and did pretty well, as did Perlman who was bigger than life as usual.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were pretty good, feeling solid and realistic. Effects appeared to be physical with no or little CGI but were surprisingly sparse given the theme of the movie. Dialogue was okay, as was sound and soundtrack.
Overall Drive was a mediocre crime thriller that could have used an injection of energy and action. As it was the film just didn’t generate much of an emotional connection or excitement. Gosling fans may enjoy this one but most others will find it a lifeless underachiever.
With some violence, blood and gore, foul language, nudity, drug use and adult activity this should be fine for older teens and above.
Drive is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Review Date: 6.4.12
Star rating: 2 out of 5
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