Ryan Gosling stars as a Hollywood stunt driver by day and a getaway driver on the side. Bryan Cranston is the father figure who owns an auto garage and dreams of pursuing a future in NASCAR. Unfortunately he is in business with two gangsters (excellently portrayed by Albert Brooks and Ron Pearlman) who have other plans in mind for the kid with a special set of skills. Along the way Gosling, who goes through the entire film known only as ‘Driver’ begins to fall for a neighbor and her young son. All is well until the girl’s husband arrives home from a prison stint and ‘Driver’ is ousted. Any more of a plot description would ruin the many surprises the script has in store. I admire the writers’ decision to stray away from cliches for the most part. This could have easily been turned into a mess of a movie by less talented filmmakers.
Drive features one of Gosling’s best performances even though I’d guess he speaks less than 150 words in the entire film. Yet he is able to evoke sympathy for a character that is very unstable, even while limited the actor conveys the underlying emotion in every scene. Director Nicolas Winding Refn impressively executes a modern classic.
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston