Friday, February 3, 2012

Drive (2011)

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn. Cast: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman. 100 min. Rated R. Drama/Thriller.

Ryan Gosling trying to look cool and masculine is no Steve McQueen, and showing violence in slow-motion does not make this a Sam Peckinpah movie. Gosling's boyish charm (as a driver-for-hire) does not fit in with the extreme violence he demonstrates, and his motives for such ruthless vengeance were obscure to me till the very end. Maybe the stylish cinematography (appropriate to the car-chase scenes) is the only noteworthy element here. And Albert Brooks is not as interesting a villain as they said he is.

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