We are often told to never have high expectations about anything so as not to be disappointed but due to raving reviews about this film, I have to admit I was expecting a lot. Luckily, my expectations were met and Drive delivered in every aspect from the solid performance by Ryan Gosling to the tense, exciting script.
There are several things to take into consideration before deciding to watch this film which is whether you like stylistic films. As a film fanatic, I will watch most things and appreciate artistic filming and offbeat scripts which is what Drive is. The lack of dialogue makes it a beautiful piece of cinematography combined with the stunning landscapes of Hollywood and electronic-pop soundtrack. It is an effortlessly cool film, which transforms from an indie classic, to a dark, twisting thriller.
The other thing to think about is the gory content. There are many scenes that made me wince at how realistic it looked. Although this shouldn’t deter from the content of the film, there are a few scenes which wouldn’t go amiss in a horror film. However, they perfectly portray the darkness of the criminal underworld so the gore is not uncalled for.
The main focus of the film is Ryan Gosling whom is only referred to as ‘Driver’. He has several jobs including a mechanic, stunt driver and a getaway driver but as the viewer we are drawn to the driving part of his jobs rather than the actual situations. Gosling plays a reserved, mysterious character who resides in a dingy high rise building to keep a low profile. Living alone, he fills the time by driving and working.
However, he soon meets Irene (Carey Mulligan) who lives in his building with her son. He befriends the couple and finds he likes spending time with them. Before long, Irene’s husband Standard (Oscar Isaac) returns from doing time in prison and doesn’t like Gosling’s presence in their household.
We are then faced with a twist in the story which ends up with the Driver having to help Standard make a dodgy deal. Things go dangerously wrong, plunging Irene and her son, Benicio into unsafe territory. It is left in Driver’s hands to complete the deal and get Irene and Benicio to safety.
Definitely one of the best films I have seen this year, I would recommend it to any film lover or those who like thrillers. An artistic masterpiece.