“Drive”



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by Leanna

This week delivers an action film that won 31 film festival awards (out of 46 nominations) and received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Additionally, “Drive” has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Achievement in Sound Editing. The film stars Ryan Gosling, Albert Brooks, Carey Mulligan, and Ron Perlman.

Gosling plays a stunt driver and mechanic who moonlights as a hired getaway driver for armed robberies. When he befriends his next door neighbor, he starts thinking about getting out of crime. After her husband is released from prison, he is pressured by the gang to rob a pawn shop. The driver decides to help him, but when the robbery goes wrong, everything spins out of control.

“Drive” is different than your run-of-the-mill Hollywood action flick, in a good way. Filmmakers artistically use several elements to draw viewers into the story. First, the dialogue is relatively sparse, making the audience hang on every word. Gosling’s character, simply credited as “Driver,” is quiet and highly mysterious. Carey Mulligan and Ryan Gosling have a dynamic on-screen chemistry. While their characters know little about each other, they develop a charming fondness for each other, even reminiscent of a high school romance at times. The sound and music (which boasts an 80’s flair) add tension and feeling in a remarkable way, hence the Oscar nod. The film successfully intermingles drama and action, weaving characters together and developing their relationships, while injecting spurts of violent, edge-of-your-seat action.

One of the reasons for the film’s “R” rating was “strong brutal bloody violence” (along with language and some nudity). The specific terminology used in the rating seems redundant. However, the violence depicted is of an extremely graphic, realistic nature. While this is generally unnecessary and off-putting in films, it does serve to set “Drive” apart from other action films. The scenes come quietly and out of the blue, giving viewers a sense of realism and portraying the violence in a shockingly relatable way.

“Drive” is simply captivating from start to finish. Gosling’s performance is amazing, and the film is expertly constructed. Don’t miss it!

3.5 popcorn kernels

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