Drive (2011) "Slow and shameless, fantastically beautiful", 8/10.
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Premiering at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival to a standing ovation, this brooding drama starring Ryan Gosling was released nationwide on September 16th, where it quickly earned over four-times its 15-million-dollar budget. Foolishly mis-advertised as a fast-paced action-thriller, "Drive" is anything but... the 100 minute film requires absolute patience and an open mind to truly be appreciated. Developing slowly with almost painfully long sequences without dialog, Gosling's soft-spoken character is a professional stunt driver / mechanic who moonlights as a criminal getaway drive for-hire. After falling for his quiet and fragile next-door-neighbor played by Carey Mulligan, the unnamed Driver gets himself mixed up in pawn-shop heist gone wrong... and now Albert Brooks and the rest of the mafia is out for his blood. Between the astonishingly beautiful cinematography that just oozes off the screen and the magical love-story at it's center, "Drive" is littered with quick punches of gory violence and intense chase scenes. Unapologetic with his delivery, director Nicolas Winding Refn expertly transports the viewer into Driver's underworld through magnificent use of sight-and-sound... the electric-pop soundtrack here is one for the ages, and unquestionably makes the film worth watching. A smart film with even smarter writing, Driver never once slows itself down for unneeded exposition, instead trudging forward with it's pitch-performances from the entire cast, which also includes Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman and Christina Hendricks. Despite receiving just one Oscar-nomination, the high critical praise for "Drive" is rightly deserved, this is a fresh, different, and brazenly powerful film that throws convention to wind in favor of an immensely stylistic approach to story-telling. While I can appreciate the artistic merit here, there is decidedly something missing to really keep my attention focused on a film that, although never reaches levels of actual boredom, really pushes the boundaries in the pacing department, sometimes with terrific results, and other times leaving me wanting more. "Drive", "Slow and shameless, fantastically beautiful."