Brimming with equal flashes of style and character, Drive echoes the cold detachment and professionalism of 1980s crime sagas no longer popular or profitable this day and age. Directed by Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn, who treats every widescreen composition as if it were a collage of melting iconography, Drive tells the story of a nameless Driver (Ryan Gosling) working as a Hollywood stuntman by day and criminal getaway driver by night. Through simple twists of fate, or one might say predetermined overlapping experiences, Driver gets emotionally involved with Irene (Carey Mulligan), a single mother with a shady past. Their glowing connection, illuminated by a stunning early morning drive through the concrete corridors of Los Angeles River, is a sublime reflection of hope in a sea of darkness, violence, and brutality. Still, a relationship like this can’t stay simple, especially when it’s surrounded by so much raw menace.
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