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Oh Drive, how I was expecting so much more from you. I will never try and pretend that not once did I think this movie was going to be something that could have swept the Oscars (though it has been nominated for one) but I expected something better than what I received. Don't get me wrong, Drive is not horrible, but it is not this supposedly wonderful and defining film that everyone says it is. It is OK at it's best of times, and downright annoying and tedious at it's worst. I think that this is all thanks to the fact that the movie never once gets above it's tepid pace, no the least thanks to Ryan Gosling's just bored sounding delivery. Look, I never thought the man was wonderful, but I know he is above sounding like he is giving a Time Share lecture. Riveting. Oh well, it is nice to know that everyone else has the same bored quality (except Ron Perlman, he is awesome, but not in the movie enough) and then the story is really about as simple as one could expect from a movie that is hyped to crap. It just never once builds up to any tempo nor does it truly get fun enough to warrant a second viewing (unless being bored for a good three quarters of the movie is your thing.) Now, as much as I tear it down, why not rate it lower? Firstly, it really is not incredibly bad with some good gore scenes and disturbing imagery (a bullet being shoved down someone's mouth comes to mind.) But this movie was ultimately killed thanks to it's incredible hype, and failure to really follow through with it. Watch this movie if you only if you are a huge Gosling fan, or think that really crummy acting is your thing.
Alright I didn't know much about this movie going in. From the opening
title credits and first scene it looked pretty promising. It reminded
me a bit of the classic film noire movies from way back when, mixed
with modern film making.
After that... it all went downhill from there.
The first problem that starts, and plagues the entire film throughout is the acting. I don't know why everyone on the set of this movie was instructed to show absolutely no emotion or any positive aspects to their characters and personalities.
But you soon realize that no one has character and personality!
Even through the moments of "exposition" where you're supposed to become attached to the characters, it's literally non-existent.
Examples: "Oh no the Driver is in trouble... who really cares?" "Oh no the girl the Driver likes might get killed... I actually wouldn't mind."
Seriously, The Terminators and the Replicants from Blade Runner had more character and personality, and they weren't even human.
The action scenes are short, and nothing fancy. Though I like how they made them over-the-top gory, it's like they knew they were uncreative, so here's a bunch of blood to keep you entertained!
The plot is generic, the "mob" wants to eliminate a "loose end." Except this mob is composed of the biggest retards I've ever seen, and you literally find yourself hoping that the good guys and the bad guys will all just die in a fiery wreck as painfully as possible.
Last but not least, the music. My God is it the most unfitting and awful crap I've ever heard in a movie. How do you screw up a sound track this badly?
Drive in the end is a generic film with an overused plot, bad acting, unlikable characters, and just overall poor sense of direction. I don't know what the hell people see in this movie.
Positive: nice soundtrack, nice picture (but is it really necessary to
repeat 4 times the same slow motion shot showing the actor face on a
Negative: complete lack of rhythm, no dialogue will be remembered and actors have no expressions or psychological depth. The (weak) plot is messy and based on several coincidences. The end is easily expected and the love story is dull: new neighbors, car broke and strangely he is there to help, best-friend of the son, ... As somebody in the previous reviews has already pointed out:
"I know what the creative intent was, that the character was just something of a "blank canvas"... The biggest problem here is that Gosling can't tone down the smart and charming enough for us to believe that he's as socially isolated as his character really should be. And, again, he tends to try to substitute blankness for intensity. It doesn't work.". "A man of few words but who looks smarter than anybody else. He is ridiculous taking himself so seriously."
Do you remember Javier Bardem in "no country for old men?" That's a "black canvas" performance!
They got the title so very wrong on this one....it should have been
This would be the most overrated movie of 2011.
Hopefully Gosling got paid per word spoken.
Yes, there is a story and yes there is action but they could have cut the first hour off and you would still have the entire story.
Sorry I'm ranting but there have been many more enjoyable movies this year that have had scores way lower than this.
2 mins of Driving and 58 mins of Gosling trying to look cool, then the film starts to actually get better
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.
This film really had me expecting something action packed, dramatic, and intense. Instead it left me feeling dazed, tired ,and bored. This film had No plot, Very anti climactic action and violence scenes, and the dialogue was awkward and uncomfortable. The music was terrible, and it had almost no driving scenes at all. Really over rated, and misleading. I'm not one to judge another opinion, but i can't see how one can find this movie a masterpiece. It was very slow, and the story and characters developed very poorly. All in all, very boring film, and very disappointing. Only good thing about this movie was the very little violence. I wasted an hour and 37 minutes on this boring piece of crap, when i could have watched a good movie.
This movies tries so hard to be something different, something new, and it fails big time. While the build up is fairly intriguing, it doesn't really lead anywhere. The characters are totally numb. You wouldn't feel a thing if any of the main characters died, as you never get to know them. There's no moral to the story. There's no ending. There's no beginning. There's no point. This movie is very much like a dream. Something you can't explain very well and very vague and incoherent. The acting is good, but at same time non-existing. There's very little to identify your self with. The cinematography is the only good thing to mention about this movie.
This movie is so bad that I would rather do anything then to have to watch this movie again, yes I would rather die. There is this strange euphoric music playing in the background scene to scene that is just pointless but it's there for God only knows why. All the actors are talking like the have taken very large amounts of sedatives and almost every scenes cuts before the conclusion of each scene happens. As a viewer you can still put the pieces together but it's just retarded. Here's an idea: finish the scene! Oh and have the actors act like they are awake and talk to each other like they are normal people who talk like normal people do, not doped up mental patients. Wow, maybe I should become a director? I sure as he!! could have made something better than this pile of horse 5hit!
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.
On the one hand I can try to admire the semi originality of the look,
feel and interaction between the actors during scenes, but sadly at
best it just simply reminded me of many foreign films I've seen. Some
of which have been good and yet while this film did have so many
foreign aspects including lead characters not to mention the director I
can't help but lump it in to that category even though it supposedly
took place in LA (yet no LA like I ever knew and lived in for many
years). Yet this film also borders on the artsy / indie aspect as well.
So in that aspect you'll either probably really like or just not get
In the end for me it didn't work. Yeah I like the whole idea of this James Dean lead character who played it cool through everything, but it just doesn't come off as realistic, least to me. The social scenes just seemed awkward and I couldn't help but think if any person or woman met this guy in real life would immediately think "what a freak..." I mean seriously when you ask somebody something and they just stare at you back you're either thinking mentally impaired or just plain stupid. So while the movie tries to ride this wave and maybe for others it worked, but for me it for the most part went over like a bad 'B' 80's horror flick.
That said, the character did start to grow on me after a while and there were a couple decent action and driving scenes, and a part of me can somewhat appreciate this whole artistic approach taken which is the only reason I gave it a 4/10 and I'm struggling at that and really thought the end just sucked and was so underdone. I certainly wouldn't give it a second watch and am pretty amazed at it getting nearly an 8/10 score here and maybe that was my mistake going in was the high expectation. Oh well to each their own and I guess in this one I'm the minority who just didn't get it
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