“You tell me where we start, where we’re going, where we’re going afterwards. I give you five minutes when we get there. Anything happens in that five minutes and I’m yours. No matter what. Anything a minute on either side of that and you’re on your own. I don’t sit in while you’re running it down. I don’t carry a gun. I drive.”
Driver (Ryan Gosling) is unnamed and mysterious, always on his own. He moonlights as a getaway driver, a service he provides with his boss and partner, Shannon (Bryan Cranston). Shannon also manages Driver’s daily jobs – he is a part-time movie stuntman and a mechanic at Shannon’s auto shop. Driver is particularly good at what he does. Shannon is intent on making other things happen, and approaches mobster Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks) for financial assistance. He wants to make Driver a big time racer, and he needs the backing. After much debate, Bernie finally decides to invest money in Shannon’s idea, though Bernie’s partner, Nino Paolozzi (Ron Perlman), is extremely unimpressed with the stock car that has been purchased and the plan.
Driver meets his new neighbour, Irene (Carey Mulligan), and is attracted to her. Withdrawn and awkward, he starts spending time with her and her son, Benicio (Kaden Leos), when he gives her a lift home from the supermarket when her car breaks down. Soon she brings the vehicle to his workplace, and Shannon encourages Driver to spend the day with Irene and her kid. They become very close while Irene’s husband is in prison. However on the way out together one night, Irene’s husband’s lawyer calls her to tell her that he will be home in a week. The quiet and comfortable relationship between Driver and Irene becomes a little hazy and stinted.
Soon Standard Gabriel (Oscar Isaac) is released from prison and returns home. Irene seems to be struggling with his return a bit, and he hears of Driver from Benicio, and when he meets him he is incredibly hostile. Arriving home one night, Driver finds Standard beat up pretty badly with Benicio having been nearby when it all goes down. He insists on knowing what happened, and eventually Standard tells him that he owes protection money from when he was inside the joint. Driver is not impressed to hear that Benicio and Irene are now in danger, too, if Standard does not rob a pawn shop for the $40 000-00 that he owes the Albanian gangster, Cook (James Biberi).
Due to his concern for the woman he cannot have and a son he has pretty much taken as his own, Driver offers his services to Standard to protect his family. However, the job goes south when Standard is murdered outside the pawnshop, and Driver and the accomplice named Blanche (Christina Hendricks) get away on the skin of their teeth. Driver learns that there is a million dollars in the bag, and soon works out that Blanche and Cook were planning to screw Driver and Standard over. Driver goes looking for Cook, intent on figuring out exactly what the story is with the money, and who it belongs to, who organized the heist, and what is going to happen next. Driver offers to return the money to Nino, who organized the heist, and he refuses. Instead of taking they money back, he sends a hitman after Driver. However, Nino is also having problems with the money that was stolen, and his partner Bernie is very unhappy about the way things are turning out.
Irene is dealing with Standard’s death, though badly. Driver is intent on making everything right for Irene and Benicio, though he is not sure how. He calls in all his favours, and does what he can. Will he be able to prevent what is coming? Can he protect the woman he has so deeply fallen in love with, as well as escape the madness that has borne down upon them? Will justice prevail? Will Driver be able to take Irene and Benicio and run, or is there a way that this can be sorted out with minimal casualties and no need to go on the run? Will Driver lose everything due to being so intent on helping a man because he cared for the family he could not have?
Most definitely a 9/10 for Drive. I cannot believe that it took me so long to get to it! I have always read around the internet how it is said to be good and all that, but I just never got to it, and it has been waiting for me to check it out for months. Finally, it was going to happen. It was time. Just wow. My mind was completely and utterly blown. I am pretty indifferent about Ryan Gosling, not a huge fan, don’t hate him, doesn’t bother me to see him in a film or anything. But this was the first time that I was actually swept away by him. He was just perfect in his role as Driver. He put so much into the character. The film had a brilliant cast, and Carey Mulligan was also just great to watch. The chemistry between her and Gosling was also extremely impressive and very believable. Their little shy romance was so beautiful to watch, and not overbearing and soppy. The kiss that they shared was simply one of the most breathtaking kisses I have ever seen on the screen. It was stunning. Bryan Cranston was entertaining, as always. The concept for this film was fresh and new in a few ways, and it was executed incredibly well, so Nicolas Winding Refn seriously needs some props for that. The camera work was awesome, and the lighting and emphasis on certain things was beautiful to behold. I am more impressed than I can put into words. The violence was not excessive (as so many people complained about), though it definitely was present. There was not one moment where the film started lagging and losing its momentum – it maintained its greatness from the off and continued in the same streak. The film progresses smoothly and is wonderful to watch. The cast was absolutely awesome, they worked so well together. The soundtrack caught me by surprise, but worked perfectly for the film. Overall, this movie is totally worth the watch, I cannot recommend it highly enough!