lørdag 2. mars 2013

"Stronger Bullitts"


Year: 2011
Country: United States
Language: English
Number: 1097
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks
Oscar nominations: Best Sound Editing
Cannes: Best Director

Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive is what some one would call some kind of cult film, such as Fight Club or Reservoir Dogs. It has some of the same characters and some of the same unforgettable elements. But the problem is the plot, which isn't that original, but the way the whole movie is filmed, its graphic shock violence, heavenly cinematography, and its amazing soundtrack, makes it definitely a well crafted film, that are done right with real professionalism.

Drive is the story about a driver (Ryan Gosling) who remain nameless through the movie, is working in a garage, and some times works as a stunt driver in movies. But at night, he's a professional driver who is hired to help criminals get away from the crime scene. He owns both the night and day. But one day he falls for a young alone mother named Irene (Carey Mulligan), who live next door, and helps her and her son occasionally, and starts to appreciate life. But she has a husband, who is in prison, and are soon coming back. It's a forbidden love story. Meanwhile the Driver is hooked up with the mafia who is literary at war with each other.

Drive is a well made film technically, the colors, the cinematography and the 80s soundtrack. Ryan Gosling also does a good job in portraying a foggy and confused soul. A pour soul that has no way out of this evil oasis. His handsome look doesn't bother me at all. Although many people would have preferred a Steve McQueen kind of guy. But it's different times, and Gosling is the ugliest they got. I'm just kidding. He's as perfect as he was in his Oscar nominated performance in Half Nelson. He has a good chemistry with co-star Carey Mulligan, though I'm little pleased with, or have very mixed feelings for her performance in a role that she isn't fit for, plus she's too young and always acts like an innocent little deer who we always feels sorry for. But it also creates a sense of innocence and likableness to the whole story. The innocent couple against all the cruel mobsters.

This film is truly special in case of stile, its 80s style, mixed with some shocking violence scene that will give you a shock, and that some film lover will find interesting, and a little funny or surprising. But it's no doubt that this movie have something for every one. Thumbs up.

Grade: B+

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