2011 ****1/2 100 mins.
Two film types you don't normally think go together: car chase films and art house films. Drive is the rare film that is both. Nicolas Winding Refn's unforgettable, stylish adaptation of James Sallis's book is a vast improvement. It's got a killer soundtrack and visual flair that make it one-of-a-kind. Ryan Gosling's rather reserved portrayal of the nameless "Driver" is brilliant, and it offsets Albert Brooks's stunning performance wonderfully. It's definitely not a film for everyone, but for those who love both art house films and car chase films, this is a pure delight. I know I certainly had a great time with it. "Driver" is a film stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway driver, but when he falls for the wrong woman and a job goes awry, all hell breaks loose.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Digital)
Rated R for strong brutal bloody violence, language and some nudity.
Based on the Book by
Nicolas Winding Refn