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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.
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On the one hand, there is some directorial brilliance in it, and the
cinematography is brilliant. It's beautifully stylized, the work of an
auteur. However, it also contains some EXTREME violence, to the point
that it was very disturbing to me and I wished I hadn't seen it (the
motel scene, elevator scene to name but two of the five or six scenes
containing extreme violence). Some people might be able to stomach it,
but it was so gruesome & graphic that I really truly wish that I hadn't
seen it. I am of the opinion that excessive violence is not needed to
tell a story.
Moving on to the actual story, I found that it dragged in places, particularly around the 30-40 minute mark, where I began to wonder "is this going to go anywhere"? Then the story lines slowly developed, but remained however a bit under-developed. But for the kind of movie that it is, I don't think this is particularly a handicap; this type of violent action thriller doesn't need a deep story; some high speed car chases and shootouts apparently will do just fine.
Ryan Gossling's understated portrayal of his character was both a bit confusing and brilliant. He says so little during most of his scenes that it had me wondering, "is there any emotional depth to this character?" That question was soon answered in the way that Gossling proceeds to pick off his adversaries one by one, which was kind of bad-ass. Part of the main story line was a bit muddled (for me anyway), and again, I just wish that I had known about the violence ahead of time so that I could have looked away during certain scenes. Extreme violence is apparently this director's trademark.
To summarize: again there was some brilliance in this film, but I wish that they had focused more on developing the story and in finding alternate ways of portraying the story than resorting to the shock value of such extremely disturbing violence. That's why I only gave it 5 stars.
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Let me start off by saying that I totally disagree with the rating of
this movie. I mean, come on! 7.9?!? This movie tries way too hard to be
artsy by having long scenes, that in the end, have almost nothing to do
with the rest of the movie. One of the reasons people say this movie is
great, is the acting and characters. But, I totally disagree with that.
Ryan Gosling tries to act cool and mysterious but, comes off as being
creepy and weird. HALF of the movie is just "Driver" (Gosling) and
"Irene" (Mulligan) staring at each other and barely talking, while some
irritatingly boring music plays loudly in the background, acting as
filler for what should be taken up by actual acting and emotion.
Okay, so if all the boring artsy stuff had been the whole movie, then it would have been fine. 6.5/10 easy for trying to be interesting and artsy.
But, then the movie tries to make up for the boringness by throwing extremely gory "action" scenes into the mix. Mind you, when I say "throw" I mean they LITERALLY go from boring slow motion bulls**t to blowing a girls head off with a shotgun and stabbing a guy in the eye with a metal pipe. Another example of this is when Driver and Irene are making out in an elevator then, all of the sudden, he starts bashing a guys head in with his foot! It makes no sense and comes out of no where!!!
The most annoying thing about this movie is the driving parts.
This movie is titled "DRIVE" (I do understand that it has two meanings) and has multiple driving scenes in the trailer but, there are maybe 2 or 3 driving scenes worth anything, and the whole part about Shannon telling Bernie that he's "Special" and he's "never seen anything like it" but, we see maybe three full minutes of him actually doing impressive driving. Most of the car scenes are of him just driving around in his car, or driving Irene around in his car, or him tinkering with his car... you get the picture here. Plus the whole "stunt driver" thing is basically just a slap in the face, as there is only ONE F***ING SCENE of him being a stunt driver.
The thing that pisses me off the most is the fact that this has such high reviews and a high rating. When this movie first came out it had a 8.7 and now it has a 7.9, which I think is still too high. When you think about other movies that have much better acting, directing, action scenes, characters, and plot, but have much lower ratings and then you see this piece of cinematic dogs**t get a 7.9, it just shows how terrible the movie industry has become and how stupid the majority of people in the world have are.
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Lets start with the move "Drive". Now I enjoy watching Ryan Gosling perform his craft in front of us. I mean hey he looks good, has a nice build (no homo) and has drawn me into his character in many of his previous roles and seems to be very specific on his choice of roles. That is what drew me to this movie in the first place, so within the first 15 I even paused the movie twice. (The first was to tell the wife that "ooh this movie is going to be AWESOME!! and the second was to go make a fresh bag of popcorn so I can fully enjoy this exciting experience). After the first scene my excitement started to decline faster than my bank account did as the recession hit the industry I worked in 2006!! I see the reviews and its got an average 8.0/10.
I loved pink font as the movie begins and I loved the music, hell I even loved the silver 80's jacket Gosling sported in the flick giving the movie a style, a personality, some culture and even the reason we watch most movies..... FUN.... However a movie named "Drive" and what some confused critics were saying "best car chase scenes since Bullet" lacked what your led to believe this move is about. This movie had such great potential and was just mis-directed!. "Drive" had two car chase scenes one of which had a 400 plus horsepower Mustang GT being caught by a stock 300C Chrysler, I mean if the chase would have lasted longer than 4 minutes I wouldn't be too upset. Now take the chase scenes out and the style Gosling brought and you got superb acting by Bryan Cranston and Albert Brooks that cant even save the weak dialog and scenes that don't connect that ruined this movie.
There were parts in the movie that had numerous scenes of characters just blankly staring into a television or an emptiness at a wall that had me asking my wife "is it me or is nobody even speaking throughout half this movie?" I believe this movie had ALL the ingredients to become a classic. Great cast, a possibility to have car chases, a want to connect with the star, violence, blood, a little gore, good plot, great cinematography and just a good old fashion root for the bad guy (Gosling) hell as a matter of fact everybody was a bad guy in this movie !! It sounds perfect and with a better director and a little more excitement with car chase scenes and how about some dialogue for the characters to speak, this movie just plain fell short of all expectations and at best deserves a 5 out of 10 RATING.
RATING 5 out of 10
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 agree with the many comments on over rating of this film. I understand "the man of no words" explanation but comon' a little more dialogue, please. And why so much loud mind bending music? Marc Platt may be getting too old for production of movies that deserve an over 5 rating. I don't think there was one character that was remotely understood in this film. Maybe this is because not one character said more than 10 sentences? Now as if we were lost for the first third of this film, how about the ending. What a crappy ending while that mind numbing music was playing through the credits! When I saw the rating, I was so excited to start up the big screen at home with my husband on a Sat eve. So disappointed!
Maybe it wants. Succeeds in it. Barely watchable. Dialogs are following the worst habit of a Kornél Mundruczó film (yes, collecting piles of prizes - all for the fact that everyone's afraid to seem stupid not understanding art although these "masterpieces" are just boring over any limit). Plot? Awkward. If any of the main characters would have been making such decisions there could be no chance for them to get to their current position - or even had the chance to stay alive. Chases? Wants to be realistic, mhhhm, a video game from the 90s has better physics. The action parts have a French afterthought - but that's all. Watched it yesterday but can't really remember anything except the dumbness of it all. Avoid.
I am really disappointed. When i saw the rating of 8 i really hoped for a gr8 Movie. But after watching this i feel cheated. I don't find any reason to give a rating above 5. Entire story can be told in less than 30 minutes. Rest 1 hr is just useless. I promise you will sleep at least twice in between the Movie. I din't find anything interesting in the movie. I also didn't like the cast of the movie. The hero looks like he is scared in majority of scenes, even though his character is portrayed as tough and stubborn.The movie in overall is dragging and do not deserve an IMDb rating of 8. Don't just watch it because it has a good rating on IMDb. I did the same and i wasted my 1.5 hours. The violence in the movie is bit too much as per my opinion. There is no real story and it has got too many missing links!!!! My opinion is "Stay away from this movie"
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
I hated this movie, mostly because it could have been so much more interesting than it was. It was very stylized (a la Tarantino), which is memorable in its way, but ultimately there was so little "there" there. I thought Ryan Gosling's performance was a real tour de force - you never doubted that his character was all the many, many things that he revealed himself to be. But the intriguing relationships, between Driver and Irene, and especially between Shannon and Driver, and even between Shannon and Bernie, were introduced and then abandoned for a trite gangster plot that's been done about a thousand times before, though (minor spoiler alert) the shot of the 2 men's shadows at the end was almost worth sitting through the gruesome endless violence - this movie had more corpses littered about the stage than a Shakespearean tragedy. I was enthralled during the first half of the movie, but just irritated by the second half, and so disappointed. Is that all the filmmaker wanted to say?
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