Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston and others.
Not every day we have a chance in the Middle East to see a movie, that was nominated at Cannes Festival 2011 and the director, Nicolas Winding Refn, won him the Best Director Award. Originally planned as a blockbuster, Drive was re-labeled as an independent film.
It's hard to identify what type of film this is: romantic story, violent action or a social drama, but anyhow it is a truly beautiful and hypnotic. The extreme bloody moments are mixed with ethereal electronic-pop soundtrack, bare dialogs and a series of stunning visuals – sometimes it is reminiscent of Tarantino, sometimes of Mulholland Drive.
If you choose this film in the cinema, then be ready to enjoy an excellent powerful performance and stunning cinematography. The plot indeed is quite poor, unrealistic and not surprising at all.
Drive tells the story of an unnamed stunt driver (Ryan Gosling) moonlighting as a getaway driver for a crime syndicate run. Seemingly a loner, the driver becomes involved in the life of his neighbour Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her young son Benicio. The Driver and Irene appear to be slowly developing a romantic connection while her husband, Standard, is in a prison. When he gets out, it turns out that he owes some money to some criminals, who threaten to come after Irene and Benicio, if Standard does not do a job for them. Standard asks the Driver to assist him with the deal. Things go wrong and from there, Drive has you in its grip for the rest of the film.
I would not recommend Drive, if you are adrenaline-fueled car chases fan, you will see some, but the art house nature of the film will make you sleep.
By Olga Lobanova