Drive | September 16, 2011
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Writer: Hossein Amini (screenplay), James Sallis (book)
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman
What it’s about: Driver is a Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway vehicles for armed heists by night. Though a loner by nature, Driver can’t help falling in love with his beautiful neighbor Irene, a vulnerable young mother dragged into a dangerous underworld by the return of her ex-convict husband Standard. After a heist intended to pay off Standard’s protection money spins unpredictably out of control, Driver finds himself driving defense for the girl he loves, tailgated by a syndicate of deadly serious criminals. But when he realizes that the gangsters are after more than the bag of cash in his trunk – that they’re coming straight for Irene and her son – Driver is forced to shift gears and go on offense. – Yahoo! Movies
Why we’re excited: We love Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan and were ecstatic at the idea of them working together, and then Cannes happened and it appeared the film would be more than just amazing acting and some cool action. Director Nicolas Winding Refn has seemingly created a stylized, artful, brilliant film on all levels and our excitement could not be higher. Cole Smithey calls it “Part love story, part black comedy, and part crime thriller” and we can’t wait to experience what JoBlo calls the “dreamy, haunting quality that weaves its way through” for ourselves.
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