Recommended by Jamie Callaghan
Drive is one of the sleekest films in years; it feels like a modern take of ‘Bullitt’ or ‘The Driver’, and like those masterpieces, the star of the film, Ryan Gosling, is the personification of cool as a ‘man-with-no-name’ getaway driver.
Gosling’s ‘Driver’ is inconspicuous, preferring to remain anonymous, until he befriends his neighbour, Irene (Carey Mulligan), and her son. It’s this new found relationship and its ensuing complications which begin to unravel ‘Driver’, forcing out his darker side as he attempts to protect to Irene.
With a performance like this Gosling almost steals the show but the real stars are the driving sequences. It’s during these scenes that Drive feels like a tribute to those iconic seventies car chase movies.
The film has two very different sides to it. One is the glossy side; looking very glamorous, modern and minimalistic with 80’s synth pumping in the background. The other is the unflinchingly violent side, which is not for the faint hearted.
Don’t get me wrong, sometimes the plot can veer into the nonsensical, and sometimes it can feel a little too slick for its own good, but all in all it is a brilliant film.