Recently I took the girlfriend out to see a movie. If you’ve ever heard me talk about movie theaters you’re well aware I can’t stand them. We chose a relatively small theater well away from any major college and tucked in a strip mall. The idea was to try to find something outside of the radius of bored people and closer to moms who would complain about messy seats or bad projectors. It paid off and the overall experience was tolerable.
We decided to check out Drive. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring a pretty cool cast: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Oscar Isaac, and Albert Brooks. I was pretty excited to see another Refn film. Being a fan of the Pusher trilogy and Bronson. I’ve always like the gritty but fresh action and strong attention to details in cinematography, especially during long scenes. Cranston from Breaking Bad and Perlman from Sons of Anarchy were the major cast draw, I know both of them were good for an anti-hero or bad guy role so I was psyched to see what they’d add to the movie. Hendricks wasn’t too much of a box office draw for me, I like the boobs but she’s never really impressed me as an actress.
The plot follows Gosling who is a stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway driver. He has above average talent behind the wheel and is a stoic but faithful character. He becomes protective of his neighbor (Mulligan) and her son. When her husband returns from prison he has baggage from prison deals that endanger his family.
The movie is really in the spirit of new crime movies but offers a lot of original scenes. The opening car chase scene is really unlike what you’ve seen before, and definitely sets up a tense but slick mood. You see a lot of cliches but they’re either done subtly or subverted.
Overall I’d say this movie is definitely a must see. If you’re a fan of Danish film or newer crime drama, or just love a tragic hero there’s something there for you. Heads up though, they uglied up Christina Hendricks. I didn’t think it was possible either.