1 hour, 40 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for strong brutal bloody violence, language and some nudity.
DVD Features: 4 featurettes: I Drive: the Driver; Driver and Irene: the relationship; Under the hood: story; Cut to the chase: stunts; Drive without a driver: interview with director Nicholas Winding Refn documentary.
Ryan Gosling ...
Carey Mulligan ...
Bryan Cranston ...
Albert Brooks ...
Oscar Isaac ...
Christina Hendricks ...
Ron Perlman ...
As the man with no name besides Driver, Ryan Gosling ("Blue
Valentine") plays a cool, quiet mechanic
and part-time stunt driver for the movies. He picks up extra money as a wingman who spirits away thieves following their criminal
activity. Wearing leather gloves and a white satin racing jacket with a
gold scorpion on the back, Driver knows the streets of Los
Angeles about as well as he handles his automobiles. He may be secretly
involved in illegal getaways, but his fast and hard rule is that he refuses to carry a gun or handle the stolen goods. He simply stays in the driver's seat and doesn't get out until he's safely
outsmarted the usually in-pursuit cops. It's his unspoken love for
neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan "An Education") and her seven-year-old son Benicio
(Kaden Leos) that leads him to ultimately agree to help out the boy's
father, Standard (Oscar Isaac "Robin Hood"), in the robbery of a pawn shop. Standard
has just been released from prison and wants nothing more than to stay out of jail. But, he owes money to some ruthless characters,
and they aren't about to let him or his family walk away without being paid off.
What happens next is as riveting as it is shocking, and giving away any
more of the expertly constructed story would really be an even bigger crime. But, things get much, much worse
before they get better as Driver is pushed to the brink
and beyond, risking his own life and severing his ethical conscience to
ensure the safety of Irene and Benicio. He does it because
he cares for them, and because he doesn't really have anybody else. His
actions are selfless, but they come at a huge price, blurring the line between good and evil, right and wrong.
The incredible supporting cast features Bryan Cranston ("Larry Crowne") as Shannon, Driver's friend and employer; Ron Perlman ("Hellboy") as the corrupt Nino; and Christina Hendricks ("Life as We Know It") as the enigmatic Blanche, who tags along on the pawn shop job, but it is Albert Brooks ("The In-Laws") playing the against-type part of a crooked businessman
with mob ties, who is probably the most memorable of them all.
Nicolas Winding Refn ("Bronson") won the won the Best Director prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for Drive, and it's obvious why. His masterful precision handling of this heart-rending, blood-drenched, material, based on the novel by James Sallis, is like a stab straight through the
jugular, demonstrating how the sheer craft of movie making can produce both anxiety-fueled drama and