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Drive (2011 film)

A 2011 film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and based on the novel by James Sallis.

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  • Sep 14, 2011

Ryan Gosling is 'Driver'.  He drives...fast...very fast...If you're a burglar, he's your go-to guy.  Just make sure you get the job done in five minutes.  Because that's all you got...One minute late, Driver is gone.

Now, driving a get-a-way car is Driver's night job.   His day job is slightly more glamorous.  Driver is a stunt driver for movies...That is, when he's not working as a mechanic, for Shannon (Bryan Cranston) who just happens to be the Driver's agent and manager as well.

Shannon is a man with a dream.  He wants to fund a stock car for Driver to race on the professional circut.  Enter...Bernie (Albert Brooks)a former movie producer, who is now a full blown crook tied to the mob. Yes they are still around...Anyway, after seeing Driver in action at the speedway, Bernie insists that his childhood friend and business partner, Nino (Ron Pearlman) join them in this venture.  Shannon has no choice, but to agree.  He's not very fond of Nino.  Afterall, a while back the dude fractured Shannon's pelvis.

Meanwhile, when he's not driving, Driver spends alot of time with his neighbor, Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her young son.  Driver likes Irene alot.  We know this because he looks deep into her eyes, whilecheesy music plays in the background.  But before they can sail off into the sunset together, Irene's husband, Standard (Oscar Isaac) is released from prison. Bummer...

Now it turns out,  Standard owes these two nasty guys (who coincidentally happen to be Bernie and Nino) alot of money and if he doesn't pay it back, Irene and her son might meet a very bad fate.
 The Driver of course, will do anything to protect Irene and her son...So he agrees to help Standard get the money he owes.

I won't tell you what how or what happens next.  Wouldn't want to spoil this over the top, excessively violent, borderline cartoonish film, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (The Pusher) Nicolas is a Danish dude, who I think wants very badly to be the next Quentin Tarrantino.  Unfortunately I don't see that happening...Not with this film, anyway.

I don't have a problem with violence, but when you hear bones crack, again and again and again as Driver pulvarizes some poor guy's face...Well, I wasn't the only one in the audience laughing.

John and I once again agree...(Now I'm really starting to worry)...Check out our video to see how many bagels we gave this film.

'Drive' opens in theaters Friday, September 16, 2011.  Wait for the dvd.   

By Joan Alperin-Schwartz
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September 14, 2011
Hm...I am worried, you and John are agreeing more and more LOL! I thought this film's concept was so familiar; it reminded me of "The Driver" back in the early 80's. I do like action movies, but nowadays, I prefer emotional content along with the action. I was going to see this one, but now I am not so sure. I am definitely going to go see STRAW DOGS. Seen it yet?
September 14, 2011
we're seeing 'Straw Dogs' tonight. Can't wait.
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review by . March 15, 2012
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review by . October 19, 2011
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  Drive is a “love-it-or-hate-it” kind of movie, fortunately though I love it enough for several theaters full of those that full into the latter category. It’s admittedly mismarketed, and its art house sensibilities along with its strong emphasis on style is going to push plenty away expecting a more traditional thriller. However for those of us on the nerdier side of the film fence, “Drive” is the film equivalent of taking LSD, it’s simply a dream. The …
review by . September 19, 2011
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review by . September 17, 2011
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review by . September 15, 2011
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Ryan Gosling is capable of almost anything, and has left little doubt that he is one of the brightest stars in Hollywood. He has can play the heartthrob and romantic like in TheNotebook, he can be a heart breaker like inBlue Valentine, he can be funny and charming like in Crazy, Stupid, Love. In the last movie mentioned he stepped out of his comfort zone and tried a comedy. He is often very adventurous in his roles and always knocks then out of the park. In Drive he seems to …
review by . September 23, 2011
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   After you'll finish watching Drive you'll know you just watched something special, something rarely seen on the big screen. Drive takes all the classic elements of passionate filmmaking and revives them with a new modern look, sound and atmosphere that will keep you excited like a little kid on the edge of your seat. Audience's reaction to this is diverse. Some claim that the movie is too pretentious, some claim that the movie is silly and doesn't have enough action, …
review by . September 17, 2011
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My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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Movies, Movie, Drama, Review, Crime Drama, Julian Left, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Ryan Gosling, Ron Perlman, Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn, Christina Hendricks


Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Release Date: September 16, 2011
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Hossein Amini
Runtime: 100 minutes
Studio: FilmDistrict, Odd Lot Entertainment, Seed Productions
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