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It would be difficult to write about parts of the storyline in this
film, because many expectations change when the consequences of one
event folds upon another. A terrific original screenplay defies
Hollywood conventions of over-the-top plot convolutions and unrealistic
twists. Sure, there are a couple coincidences, but there are many
rewards for keeping the story simplified and enhance the characters'
arcs. The director borrows heavily from Michael Mann in painting a cool
atmosphere with glistening city lights at night and a throbbing
synthesiser soundtrack. The film elevates itself above any other
similar film in it's drama, perhaps better than the character rich film
"The Town" from 2010. The editing emphasises the main character's
withdrawn persona, hiding his emotions (indirectly hinting at his
criminal past) while romancing his neighbour. Moments in conversation
where a 'normal' person would express their feelings or be more
extroverted, are instead tension filled passages of silence that speak
louder than words. With great use of subtlety, the film does wonders in
terms of depicting the main character's withdrawn mental state, but
still visualising his thoughts and intentions without direct
Another accolade must be given to actor Ryan Gosling in the lead role. We the audience must invest time into this character, which the film keeps in the first person narrative, most activities outside of his knowledge are outside of ours. He must show realistic reactions to danger, even though his past is never quite explained. The right emphasis is given to revealing moments of his capabilities, so when he is set in harm's way, we believe he can stand up to the test. The rest of the cast is well heeled in talent, allowing the sense of naturalism to provide the tone. As you may notice in critical reviews, when a film exposes no obvious weaknesses, the positive rating goes up. I myself am having a hard time exposing any weakness in this film, I felt I was in good hands, and was not annoyed by any plot contrivances. I happen to be a fan of Michael Mann, as must the director of this film, and the right homage elements work for me. I think of this perhaps of the antithesis of "Fast & Furious". One of the best films I have seen this year, could even get an Oscar nod with the screenplay or editing.
I believe that the most important element in a movie first is "having heart and soul in the delivery" in other words dramatic structure which leads to impressiveness and effectiveness both. Why the worst film I have ever seen in my life is Federico Fellini's Otto e Mezzo? or Why I hated Darren Aranofsky's The Fountain? Because there were no heart and soul in the delivery and believe me especially critics love that! Cinema without heart. Now, let's talk about Drive. What an original and "never-seen-before" story! A hired driver who doesn't talk much decides to protect a family, a girl and her child and things in his job go awry! Other than such clichés in the plot and lacking of heart and soul, there were other flaws in the movie. Being a "driver" or being a cool hired killer is not that easy! Ryan Gosling's wooden performance and his senseless character are just pointless and has not any interesting or deep element. The violence in the movie was neither artistic nor entertaining, it was sick and sadistic! Also it was pointless! You know Quentin Tarantino makes extremely violent movies like Kill Bill, but it is entertaining and it is artistic at the same time. Drive is not! What about music? Well, oddly, it reminded me Tron, another movie I didn't like, so simply I wasn't impressed by the songs either. Is Drive an action packed? Not at all! The movie has an exciting opening, but then it turns into an empty and dull pseudo-art work with some disgusting violence. The rest of the movie is not a piece of art or an audiovisual feast in contrast with the hype, that's why I was seriously frustrated by the movie! Unfortunately the flaws hasn't finished yet, Drive has an anti climax and pretentious finale that leaves you totally unsatisfied. I am sorry, but the ones who call this as art owe other art house directors an apology.
So, i went to see it just because i have liked the trailer.. There were obstacles in my way but nothing stopped me from ...a very big disappointment. I can t understand why in the name of Lord would someone like to watch a semi-psychotic movie with less action than 'saved by the bell'. There are 3 '3 little friends' moments and 1 'easy'car-action scene ...and that's all folks. No dialog, just neurotic atmosphere.. So keep your money, time and do everything else.. Like 'nothing' but at least it s free of charge and relaxing. Just because it is the site politics i have to write some more lines...well...because i hate to write just for the writing i will fill the missing lines with points ..... ....... ....... ......... ....... ..... ...... ........ .... ..... ...... ...... ........... ....... ..... ..... ...... .... .......... ...... .... ..... ..... ..... ... ...... ... ....... ... ........ ..... ......there are like the movie..a lot and useless ...... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ......... ........ ......... ......... ......... ....... ...... ........ ............ .......... ........ ....... ....... ............ ....... . .......... ....... ........... ....... ......... ....... ..... . .......... ....... .......... ......... ....... ....... .......
I'm not sure this movie deserves a 1, but it in no way deserves an 8.6
where it's at now.
My wife and I were so disappointed. I cant believe so many people liked it that much. Almost makes us question trusting reviews any longer. Was poor acting, slow moving, only a couple decent drive scenes and I don't ever want to spoil an ending for anyone, but we even questioned that !!
If you're thinking Transporter and hoping to see Jason step up to the plate and kick some ass...don't. The actor in this one is so slow to speak, and sometimes move...we found ourselves going...OK...time for next....frame....word.... movement.
Just left us in a somber mood.
I have no idea how this movie has received such glowing reviews. Gosling appears to be heavily sedated throughout the movie, and the virtual lack of dialogue through the majority of the film just adds to the overall boring experience. Overall it's a movie about nothing with no message at all, and it ends by leaving you with no sense of closure or understanding of why you have been subjected to such a depressing experience. If there was any message at all, I would say it was that life sucks and then you die, or crime doesn't pay perhaps, but overall that's a little bit too Disney for my tastes, but perhaps this will appeal to the masses? Do yourself a favour, and spend your time watching something else, or at the very least take some Valium to get yourself in the correct frame of mind for this slow-paced, self-indulgent offering. No Stars.
Could they possibly have made any cut any longer, I don't think so.
Gosling makes Keanu Reeves look like Oscar material.
Really liked when he revved through all gears, but he still goes like 35, LOL.
High speed car chase and doing a 180 going in reverse, not much left of your gear box there.
When he finally gets rid of the last person connecting him to the money, he leaves it in a parking lot? Yeah, there will sooner be Martians walking the streets than that ever happening.
8.0 rating, that's the joke of this century. Only shows that the saying, "A million flies can't be wrong -Eat Sh.t", still holds true.
Seriously people, don't believe the ridiculous hype about this movie,
it is without doubt one of the worst movies I have seen in the last
year. My wife and I are huge movie fans and watch on average 5 new
films a week, 10 minutes into this film we are both looking at each
other with a 'is this movie for real' look on our faces, and by the end
we realised we had just wasted 2 hours of our lives we would never get
Rylan Gosling is a total joke from start to finish, his total lack of any script is just the start, in fact by the end of the film (and yes we did make it to the end, somehow) I was glad he still wasn't saying much, and the little that did come from it was just clichéd nonsense. This man cannot do the strong silent brooding type at all, especially not wearing a daft white satin jacket with, wait for it ..... a scorpion on the back, and a toothpick in his mouth.
The plot, what there was of it, is so old and tired and so overdone, the whole film was completely predictable. None of the characters have any depth or interest to them, probably due to the lack of any script. Even Carey Mulligan, who is a real favourite of ours, was wasted and looked rather uncomfortable in her rather dull character - the single mum at home. And the clichés just continued at Ryan became the child's new 'best friend'.
The violence is also completely at odds with the rest of the film. It is extreme, graphic and vicious, which is fine and dandy if the rest of the film demands it, unfortunately this film doesn't and it looks like it's been thrown in just for shock value.
I really cannot understand why such a piece of second rate and boring drivel has got such amazing reviews on here and from some critics. Just before this we watched The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly again, now that has everything this movie doesn't but seems to be trying so hard to emulate - characters that aren't black and white, minimal dialogue to add to the tension, and stunning camera-work to keep you captivated.
Save your time and money and watch this classic instead, Drive has nothing to offer but annoyance and the WORST soundtrack I've ever heard.
There are so many illogical things in this movie that very quickly I
just stopped caring about what's happening on the screen. There are big
gaps in plot, and there are totally unrealistic details. And if for the
plot holes you may somehow justify them saying that characters are
stupid or under stress, there is no justification for physically
impossible details: a light mattress is blocking the door, car's
headlights are working after several hard head-on crashes, and so on.
I can hardly imagine an intelligent and thinking person would appreciate this movie. Only if somebody stays in a state of trance mindlessly looking at the pretty pictures and listening to the nice music one can probably enjoy it.
I am very surprised by all the positive reviews. Boring and illogical movie, just awful.
Some people think that movies consisting of "serious looks", awkward
silences, bloody sick brutal gore depicting the "barbaric nature" of
man are artistic. However if don't find things like that enjoyable to
watch and you go to the movies to be entertained then this not the
movie for you.
The movie consists of very little driving, which given the title one would thing an entertaining blockbuster from Hollywood would contain. But rather it consists of bad people brutally killing other bad people. And that's it. There's the plot. I know, I wish I had more detail to say...but I don't. To put it another way, out of the 20 people that were in the theater I heard each and every one of them say something along the lines of "well that was waste" or "well you picked it *exasperated sigh*" upon exiting the theater.
I ought to watch Drive, the piece by the Amini & Rafn, the to be
ambitious soul of Noel & Eastwood, just by the IMDb rating.
A big disappointment.
I better be careful in future.
Rafn better need to understand that a man with just few words in his mouth(Ryan Gosling) needn't made a strong character. And a few new style of killing a human body neither generates any grip, nor reflects the character properly.
The movie lacks: 1. Meaning 2. Drama 3. Thrill 4. Presentation 5. Shadow of all the characters 6. Good Dialogues And many more...
There is nothing to watch this movie for.
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