Editor’s Note: For some reason, I never wrote a review for Drive. I don’t know why, seeing how I really loved the movie. So, to do justice, I’ll write one now.
First off, let me just say the advertising job for Drive is pretty terrible. The poster made it look like some cheap direct-to-DVD horror movie and the trailer made it look like a Fast and Furious movie (this prompted a woman to sue the filmmakers because of the misdirection, the stupidest court case since someone sued McDonalds because their coffee was too hot).
The advertising gave audiences the complete wrong idea of Drive. Drive is not really a slam bang car chase film like The Fast and the Furious, but an elegant movie that’s one of the best of the year. Some people didn’t like the film, probably because they expected it to be like an average car chase flick (the woman I mentioned before must have expected that) and not a real serious drama. This sort of logic doesn’t make any particular sense to me, as when I saw Drive, I liked that it was a real state of the art movie instead of a forgettable Saturday night film.
Drive is about about an unnamed driver (Ryan Gosling). Like Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name, we don’t learn much about the Driver, other than that he is a stunt man for action films. He grows comfortable with his neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her son Benecio (Kaden Leos), which is strange seeing his cold personality.
Irene’s husband, Standard (Oscar Isaac) returns home after being in jail. Standard isn’t angry at the Driver for getting close to his wife, but sees a golden opportunity. He suggests to the Driver a one million dollar heist idea. After this, the film takes off, as the Driver decides to help Irene and Benecio, who become endangered later in the film.
The movie’s greatest strength is the performances. Ryan Gosling is fantastic as the Driver, and Bryan Cranston (of Breaking Bad fame) is good in his role. But who really steals the show is Albert Brooks, who plays a producer of cheesy action films and a villainous gangster.
It really annoys me that Drive was completely snubbed at the Oscars (apparently Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a better film). Not even Albert Brooks got a nomination. But awards don’t matter. Drive is a movie not to be missed. If you’re looking for an enjoyable film, watch Fast Five. If you’re looking for a film you’ll remember for years on, watch Drive.