Thursday, September 22, 2011

Drive (2011)



Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn


Hossein Amini (screenplay), James Sallis (book)

Starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan.


The film begins with a very exciting chase scene involving a heist. The Driver waits patiently while the robbers hustle to jump in the car while the faint sound of police sirens get louder and closer. What’s so suppressing about the film is that the opening scene is the most compelling and elaborate sequence of the film. The movie tends to take every moment incredibly seriously as we follow Goslings character through his everyday life. The unnamed main character (Ryan Gosling) known only as ‘The Driver’ has very few conversations but the meaning behind his star is captured in almost every interaction. The films soundtrack does most of the communication as far as emotional relevance goes. Carey Mulligan is a wonderful match for Gosling as she fixes her eyes on his and reacts to him genuinely.

It’s the same old story:       Guy meets girl
                                                Falls in love
                                                Girl is in trouble
                                                Guy kills everybody to save her. 
                                                (Overly gruesome in parts)
           
The plot is simple enough… but here is where the true plot shines because it’s not a movie that's supposed to stand out as a unique and eloquent story with characters that are exceptional and awe-inspiring. This is a plain story done stylistically in a way that speaks to the audience on a fundamental level. It’s about desire for the things we can’t have.

The audience is left with the frustration that comes with doing the right thing and dealing with the consequences. You won’t see the film and then be amazed at what you learned but you will be sucked into the movie and go through all the emotions that the characters have to offer.



This film has an impact because of the filmmaker’s passion for the characters story not the story its self. It doesn’t rate as a top 5 or a bottom 5. It gets a mention because it is an experience. It’s a movie to see that won’t disappoint while your watching it…



*** This rating system is the expressed opinion of this blogger alone. Please reference the first blog post for more details.

Good movie = Top 5 Rating
Bad movie = Bottom 5 Rating
Middle of the road movie = No Rating

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