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So this was the movie to watch these days. An asocial hero hiding a
heart of gold and ultra-violence under apparent dumbness. He is not
even slightly interesting, he doesn't talk, he lives in his little
inner world of cars and precision mechanics, an economy-class emotional
bubble that can burst into something relentless.
Ah yes they brought to life the superhero next door, the kind of monster living only in the brains of writers. Bad writers that is. Writers that will happily confuse nothingness with rich inner substance. You want a specific car stunt for $500? Just ask the superhero driver. He needs no careful planning, it's all in his veins. Have some trouble with the local Mafia? Head-on collision is the solution, the silent boy can certainly write off a couple of big mouths and settle it all. Seems some director found the story compelling and convenient though. And viewers bought that sh*, which is most disheartening given the level of gore graphic and gratuitous ultra-violence.
The nihilistic trend sells well as artsy gutsy stuff these days. The Coen bros dood it, and it's now a real consummate genre from Cronenberg's self-inflicted History of Violence to There Will Be Blood. Adding the F-word in movies was an artistic endeavour years ago, now it seems that violence, especially dumb violence, is the way to show off how much more gripping you can do with less substance.
I heard about Drive some time ago and wanted to watch it right after I saw the trailer. Finally got to see it a few days ago. It starts well with a very nice scene. The first 5-10 minutes were very promising. However, as it progressed I was wondering where is the real movie? How can this be rated 7.9 and be such a crap. This is my first ever review and I created my account just to write it. Drive is full of clichés, no dialogue at all, stupid and undeveloped characters and almost no enjoyable action scenes. The main character was just tragic and completely unrealistic. The pathetic love story they tried to create is just hilarious ... I am even about to say Twilight was better. For me it is not worth the time, even if you can watch it for free.
Heres' the thing.... I am a Ryan Gosling fan and lets be honest Bryan Cranston is really an underrated actor. But this movie is absolute trash. NO character development. NO witty, fun, or engaging dialog. NO mentionable action or romance. This movie has NOTHING to do with 60's or 70's style film era and the next person to call it noir should be declared cinema retarded for having no idea what noir means. Bottom line is this movie sucks its uppity in the south park prius drivers smelling their own farts sense. Its disturbing that anybody thinks this movie is worth a single second of their time because quite honestly this is the worst movie i may have ever seen. Whether your a Tarantino fan or not, this is nothing like his work. Don't even think for a second that this is on par with Jean Reno and Leon the Professional because it isn't. This director should be given a lobotomy and assaulted for this heinous act of cinema terror. This movie is not art its trash. Hate then Rate.
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Though I use IMDb all the time, this is the first review I have
written; after sitting through nearly 2 hours of mind-numbingly boring
pretentious drivel I thought it only fair that I warn others before
they fall into the same trap that I did.
With a rating of 8 stars I was looking forward to watching this film but after watching it I can only conclude that this massively inflated score is part of a film industry inside joke. Someone, somewhere, is laughing it up while innocent film fans waste hours of their lives on what I can only describe as the worst film since Twilight. And trust me; I do not say that lightly.
What can possibly be so wrong with this film that you mention it in the same breath as the film that did for cinema what Hitler did for the Jews I hear you ask? I only have 1000 words but I'll try to get most of it in. The direction is pretentious and boring, more suited to a real-time plant growing nature documentary than what is billed as a supposed action film. Overly long shots of people not saying or doing anything robs the film of any chance it may have of developing a modicum of pace within the confines of a truly awful script. And I mean Awful. The sum total of dialogue could be contained on a few scraps of toilet paper and would have probably been put to best use in the same fashion. Acting is so-so, with some good moments from Cranston and Brooks, but by the end of the film I could not fund it in myself to care about a single character; so I can't even be bothered talk about the acting.
There are some good moments, the violence scenes are original and excellently done, although I couldn't help but feel as I witnessed a man being stabbed in the eyeball with a fork that it would probably be less painful than what I have just had to sit through.
I am normally not this scathing but I thought it was the only way I could get across how diabolical this movie is. Do not be fooled into watching it.
PS why didn't I talk about the driving in a film called drive? There is none. Not unless you include 2 sequences which have as much in common with a good car chase as George Bush does with anything that has the mental age of a 4 year old (that includes dogs).
I rarely leave a bad review but in this case felt obligated due to the "8.0" overall rating. This movie was terrible. The previews were extremely misleading. It was a boring and slow movie. I wouldn't advise spending money to rent. If it happens to be on a movie channel maybe give it a try and see if it is your cup of tea. Zero action and amateurish acting. I think the majority of reviews were probably from young females that found the main actor attractive. Otherwise, I don't understand the good reviews. There are plenty of other good movies to rent at this time. There are several on http://www.imdb.com/list/20xZlMOTMEI/. Not sure why "Drive" is on this list but there are a couple others that probably shouldn't be either.
If it was raining outside and this movie was on TNT or something then
it might be watchable. This movie had 2 minutes of action driving, 5
bullets, 20 minutes of weird music, 30 minutes of awkward silence and
10 minutes of dialogue.
It's not an action movie, it's not a thriller, it's not a car movie and it's not funny (although some of the awkward social moments are nearly comical).
I was bored as weird music played in the background. I was nearly relieved when it was over because that meant my wife and I could move on to doing something else.
I stupidly kept waiting for the movie to redeem itself but it never happened.
When it was over, my wife looked at me and gave a thumbs down. We then spent 10 minutes talking about why the movie sucked which was the only enjoyment I will ever get out of this movie.
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This movie was one of the biggest dissappontments to me in years. It
has been praised to death by critics and regular moviegoers alike, and
has tons of fanboys ready to defend it to the grave. So no wonder I had
high expectations. But I was expecting something different(better)than
what I ended up getting.
It starts promisingly enough with a fairly good opening scene and a promising start to the movie. But don't get excited, it goes downhill fast. We soon find out that the main character is either retarded, or is just a sociopath, but not in a good way that would be entertaining to watch(Joker, Alex Delarge etc), but rather a boring version of Norman Bates. Silent, emotionless and brutally violent if needed. But only a few times during the movie, it's like the movie knows it's boring and has to throw something at us once in awhile...
Speaking of boring and emotionless, the movie is FULL of excessive slow-mo and "artsy" shots of people doing nothing. For a movie called DRIVE I sure expected more car chases, we got two quite short and not particularly jaw dropping ones.
Watching this movie I thought what were they thinking, who is the target audience? It was almost physically painful to sit through all the long scenes where nothing is even said. And the slow-mo got more and more comical till it just was WTF seriously again in slow mo? I guess the main character's brain also worked in slow mo! I feel that at least half of the people "liking" it, are doing so cause it's "hip" to like it! I have seen over 1500 movies, and this just might be the most baffling to me.. Maybe I just don't get it, but if so, I don't feel as if I have lost anything more than maybe the time watching this.
They even managed to make Christina Hendricks look unattractive for god's sake! Didn't think it was possible before I saw this...
From the moment Drive starts and the lovely pink cursive credits come
upon the screen there is a dragging feeling. Will the credits ever end?
My wife and I watched this together and almost in unison we
questioned.."What's up with the pink writing?" The point being that the
credits are that intrusive to illicit a response from two people. And
we found out...it sets the tone for the whole movie to go on too long.
I am all for acting...and I will watch a 4 hour movie...or a miniseries in one sitting...IF it's good. In my opinion this was not good...it had the potential to be good. Ryan Gosling is a great actor. But Drive was not a vehicle for him to be that actor. There was a point when I turned to my wife and said "Is he ever going to say something?" And then of course he opened his mouth to make me look like an ass.
This continued throughout the course of the movie. His silence did not further the story it made it painful and dragged it down. There was such long pauses between him and Carey Mulligan that it physically hurt to just watch them stare at each other. They would stare, then smile, then stare, then smile, and then stare some more.
Carey Mulligan is a beautiful young actress who was COMPLETELY underused in this film. She could have been a much stronger dynamic in the film...however the director just simply chose not to. Which leads me to really wonder if she was miscast. I thought she was beautiful in the film and her demeanor, personality and beauty did not translate into a Denny's waitress married to a Mexican petty criminal. I didn't feel it.
Bryan Cranston is another one that is a GREAT actor, but he played his character too twitchy. His focus on money seemed odd when knowing the cars he has and the garage with tools and equipment, plus building and land are probably worth A million plus. And to run your business for that long and then be THAT stupid. Well...you'll see if you watch. At least out of his stupidity it did make a situation for Ryan Gosling to actually talk.
Ron Perlman is one of my favorite actors, but fell short in this role. He plays the Mob partner of Albert Brooks. Who did the most he could with the material given, but then again you are left thinking how are these people this stupid? Not to give away the ending but it is one of those that leaves you saying to yourself "This is it?" I understand that they tried an artsy approach, and were trying to be brilliant with it. That's fine as long as you have story, dialog, and acting to back it up. It just goes to show that the "paid" critics wouldn't know a good movie if it swam up their urethra.
In Los Angeles, a mysterious driver (Ryan Gosling) is a man of few
words that works as a garage mechanic for his only friend Shannon
(Bryan Cranston); stuntman in Hollywood films; and driver of getaway
car in heists.
One day, he helps his neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), whose husband is in prison, and her son Benicio (Kaden Leos) and her falls in love with her. However, a few days later her husband Standard Gabriel (Oscar Isaac) is released from prison and they meet each other in the building. Standard is pressed by the criminal Cook (James Biberi) to rob a pawn shop to pay for the protection he had in prison, and the driver decides to help him driving the getaway car. However, the heist does not work as planned, Standard is murdered and the driver discovers that they have been double-crossed by Cook. Further, the money belongs to the Mafia and now he has to protect Irene and Benicio from the mobsters.
"Drive" is a good thriller with the lead character without a name, recalling the style of Clint Eastwood in "High Plains Drifter" in the role of "The Stranger" a man that speaks a few words only, violent when necessary that protects innocent and beloved people. The film is weirdly attractive with potential of cult movie.
The stylish cinematography discloses in an adequate pace the big picture and develops characters very well. The conclusion has an open end, a characteristic that has been forgotten by Hollywood. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Drive"
I'm not going to lie, before I saw this movie I thought Ryan Gosling
was just another chick flick heart throb but damn my perception of him
A movie so embedded with the style of classic film-noir and stylish new genre of art-house action. something that's rare in movies, though the plot is so plain, its what makes the movie fantastic, its not complex its not twist filled. May come off a little slow, but it catches you off guard, and that's what makes film great.
Poetic yet violent, malnourished yet gruesome. Its a tribute to all those 80s action films with that retro feeling and cool vibe, a tale of a forbidden love and mafia heist. A protagonist which everyone can relate to, a man driven by nothing, a loner on a road with nothing and no one on it, though when something special comes along, his whole world changes.
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