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Let's go watch a movie I said.OK,I see what's on for the day,and I
briefly look at each one on IMDb,hmm..This "Drive" movie sounds
cool,and with such a rating,it must be good.
The movie started and as the movie went by,I wondered if I am watching the wrong movie..Nothing happening even after 30 minutes,the main character must have said 30 lines,which of course all were dull,boring,and with 5-10 second pauses between them.And what really annoyed me is the actor,the worst acting from him i've ever seen.I THINK he was trying to look "tough" and because of that he just had this..DUMB look (with a toothpick) every time the camera was on him.
I will not continue,other people are better at criticizing and writing,but DON'T waste your money on this!
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Driver(Ryan Gosling) is a mysterious protagonist. The movie takes place
in present time and we don't know anything about his past or his
future. He doesn't have a name. We know that he is a professional
getaway driver and he seems to be living a low profile life before he
meets his next-door neighbors. A mother and her son...
We don't know why he was driving around before but from that moment on, his actions are driven only by love. He embraces them as his own family and protects them instinctively. He becomes their 'hero' but can't protect them from getting hurt. The controlling idea of the movie is "A real human being' can be 'a real hero' only to the limit that his/her environment (destiny) allows." Director presents this complex character almost like a cowboy in a wild terrain. Extreme long shots of him in the middle of nowhere, driving his car to the close ups of the face that has little clues of emotion
Ryan Gosling does a wonderful job in this interesting take on the
silent; yet not brooding, character who dabbles in both the criminal
and honest world. He's not conflicted, just appears to be slightly less
comfortable in the real world where he has to actually interact with
others. He does a wonderful job portraying a character that, while not
having great multiple depths, does have two distinctly different roles
to play; which he does admirably with slight differences in each
Some of the crooks are slightly lame; but one or two personify calm, deliberate, malice - as a business requirement almost; definitely not the personification of evil.
Carey Mulligan does a fine turn in her pivotal; yet not major role.
A good one for home viewing...
I wonder why so many people liked this, totally bored me. I don't see even the slightest chance for this to be considered even an average movie. Just a hype. Nothing exciting in the movie, dead storyline, boring action. Couldn't even sit and watch the full duration, had to fast forward and finish. There isn't really anything to do with driving in the movie, even those 10 minute bmw ads featuring clive owen has got a better storyline and style. The initial 10 minutes are just okay but from there on the movie keeps dragging, and nothing really happens at all. Ryan's unimotional face and the lady's kinda weird emotion are the sole expressions throughout the movie. Giving this film such kinda high ratings is like degrading those real good ones, having some stuff in them. This film has just got some weird background score, slow moving cam and something like a story. Total bore !!!
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The movie "Drive" starts off great. Pacey soundtrack, great action, cool pink 80's font on the titles, noticeably unique direction, intriguing protagonist... and then just as you're starting to enjoy the love story unfolding between Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan the movie warps into a graphically violent predictable mob story where everyone gets their head smashed in or their arms cut off or stabbed to death with a fork. Ryan Gosling actually puts his foot through a man's face and ribcage repeatedly in one of the grossest 60 seconds in cinema I can recall. And the character's murderous sociopath's proclivities are never explained with back story. This movie could have been so good but the gore was gratuitous and pointless and at the end of the movie you know no more about Gosling's character than you do at the beginning. Other things that made no sense: The strippers watch their boss get smashed up with a hammer and not one of them reacts AT ALL. They all just sit there like dumb extras that someone forgot to direct. Sure strippers may have seen a lot and be less sensitive than others but surely a couple of the twelve women in the dressing room would scream, throw up, or at least cover her eyes when witnessing someone getting tortured and smashed up with a hammer. They had zero reaction. Carey Mulligan's character barely reacts to her husbands violent death and there is also no reason or explanation for her slapping Ryan Gosling in the face when he says he helped her husband.
Director Nicolas Winding Refns' film of the James Sallis novel makes
for fairly good entertainment. The basic story is decent, but Refn
takes it all just a little too seriously, and his pacing will likely
test the patience of some viewers. He really loves to stretch out his
moments. He and his star Ryan Gosling work overtime to give both the
film and the unnamed main character a sense of cool, but overall the
main character just isn't that interesting, despite the fact that he
can morph from soft spoken dude to brutal bad ass at the drop of a
dime. Still, it's all attractively shot on various L.A. locations, and
the supporting cast makes it worth watching. The brief bursts of
graphic violence are a little jarring, but this viewer personally
doesn't have a problem with that sort of thing.
Made sort of in the style of Walter Hills' under-rated 1978 thriller "The Driver", "Drive" stars Gosling as a young man who clearly likes to keep busy, functioning as a part-time mechanic, a part-time car stunt specialist for the movies, and a part-time getaway driver for hire. Usually a careful individual, he only buys himself trouble when he becomes attracted to Irene (Carey Mulligan), who lives in his building with a young son, Benicio (Kaden Leos). Irenes' former jailbird husband "Standard" (Oscar Isaac) is in trouble with goons who are trying to force him to take a robbery gig; The Driver oddly decides to do Standard a favour and participate in the robbery. Of course, things don't go as planned.
The film does benefit from the kind of pulse quickening action scenes that you would expect from any film titled "Drive". Some of the dialogue is punchy, and delivered to perfection by co-star Albert Brooks, who has fun with a good part as a gangster. Bryan Cranston of 'Breaking Bad' fame is also excellent as The Drivers' friend at the garage. Ron Perlman is typically amusing as Brooks's associate, and it's nice to see screen veteran Russ Tamblyn ("West Side Story", "The Haunting") in a brief appearance. Mulligan is both cute and appealing as the female lead.
"Drive" is ultimately much more of a character driven crime drama than action film in the end, and while some may find it too slow and too pretentious, it does adequately entertain with a number of good moments, and the performances help to keep it watchable.
Six out of 10.
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The recipe did not work for me at all. All the ingredients where there, but the chef... was not. I tried really hard to stay awake. Such a shame. Slow and boring. Tried twice to watch it, and i had to give it a third try. Totally unbalanced with R. Gosling's talent absent throughout the movie. Dark, with loud music, no dialog and numerous pointless scenes, this film is certainly overrated by some reviewers. The director tried hard to push it as an artistic effort but failed in the process. The film had a fair opening (since when can somebody outsmart... a helicopter and half of the police force...chewing a toothpaste and driving around), a plot plot and a bad ending. I had to give it a 5 out of ten because i like Gosling.What a Yawn!!!
A silent driver moonlights as the driver for getaway cars for
criminals. He has his rules, doesn't want to know anything about
anyone, or the crime. In the intro we witness one of those getaways.
It's pretty thrilling stuff.
During the day our driver works as a stunt driver for the movies and also at a garage. His boss/mentor/handler is Shannon. He dreams of having the kid drive a race car but he needs 400k to make that happen. He turns to a sleazy mobster- a former movie producer- who in turn is involved with another mobster who runs a pizza place.
One day the driver falls in love with some ugly kid next door and eventually with his mom. But soon thereafter her convict husband is released from jail. One day he's beat up and the driver gets involved for the sake of the kid and the mom. The ex-con owes some protection money to some guy. To get the money he has to rob a pawn shop. Driver decides he will be the driver for the job. The job goes wrong and ex-con is killed. Now driver has a million bucks in his possession.
The universe of this movie is fairly limited so they are forced to create all these coincidences for the sake of the story and to avoid hiring more actors. It turns out that the protector guy is also involved with the two mobsters and the million dollars belong to them somehow. Which means they are going to go after the driver and after the kid and mom if he doesn't deliver the money. Even though the movie takes place in LA, the world of thugs is so small that no one can escape and everyone can be easily found. Driver is now forced to become an ultra violent but suave criminal himself to guard the people he loves.
Drive is very well done for what it is. In fact, with another director, this movie could have been unwatchable. The main character and others don't say a whole lot, you have repeated shots of the guy driving in his car at night, and even more long slow motion shots of the back of his 80s jacket embroidered with a scorpion. Sometimes the director overdoes it, too. When the two main characters flirt, they just stare at each other and smile, that scene goes on just a bit to long, and the shots of the jacket get annoying at some point. So does the music. At first it's enjoyable, but then it gets obnoxious when scenes are put on mute, put in slow motion and with loud music. It is a success that with so little, the director manages to make you care about what happens. Acting is very good overall. Brooks in particular is interesting in this role. This movie isn't perfect or faultless. It's an engrossing movie, with some excellent action scenes, some surprising violence, and plenty of weaknesses, the strangest of all being the ending, where our driver shows his heart of gold, I guess, and that he doesn't care for money but only for love.
This movie (yes movie, not film) is really just OK. I get the retro
vibe, can dig the chase scenes, love the violence, but do NOT agree
with it's comparison to Tarantino. If it were, there would be character
development... and yes, I get the whole "man with no name" vibe, but
don't try to have us care about this character for the first 45
minutes! The movie does have redeeming qualities, the cinematic quality
is there without the cheesy computerized graphics. Ryan Gosling also
does a nice job of being a tough guy, though he should either have an
accent the whole movie or not.
Again, not a waste of time, but very close!
Drive is the type of film that just is. It didn't illicit any real reaction from me or offer any surprises. It's atmospheric, zoned out and trippy, but that does not mean it's good. If you watch lots of movies then you'll be sure how it's gonna end by probably the midway point. The acting is good, but there are a few characters that are miscast and feel out of place in the film. The film has very little momentum and lots of tension which by the end feel like it's squandered. I think this film is one of those cases where people call the director an artist; it has A-list actors---so it must be good right? I kinda disagree. The movie on the whole just left me feeling lukewarm.
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