Drive is both a typical and an atypical heist movie.
It's typical in the sense that it features car chases, gun battles and double crosses. But it's atypical because it's so much more than that.
Ryan Gosling (who was seen on the Muse for the Blue Valentine movie review) stars as Driver--that's right--he has no name in this movie. Calling his character a bit weird would be an understatement. It's clear that he has issues with his past, no real need to have many friends, but obviously seeks pleasure in the rush he receives from driving fast cars.
His knack for being a great driver allows him to play a Hollywood stuntman by day and a getaway wheelman by night. He doesn't care who you are, what you're stealing or why. He just wants you to do it in a 5-minute window.
Gosling's character ends up befriending his neighbor (played by Carey Mulligan) and her son. Most of their relationship is shown through touches and driving sequences--they are definitely not a talkative bunch.
Anyway, we learn that Mulligan's husband is getting out of prison and he has a debt to pay some bad guys. Gosling's character decides to help him so that Mulligan and her son don't get harmed. The heist goes all wrong and Gosling is left to either pick up the pieces or get killed.
I must say that every time I saw Carey Mulligan with Ryan it just reminded me of that other cute little blonde girl with the pixie haircut (Michelle Williams) so I knew their relationship was doomed from the start. A lot of other great actors shine in this slow-moving, semi-indie film including Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman.
Yes, Christina Hendricks is in too, but her boobs don't make an appearance and she's dressed like a street hooker so you might miss her.
What I loved about this movie was its typical & atypical heist style because I'm a girl who loves a great heist film. But at the same time, the indie feel mixed with little-to-no dialogue at certain points made me feel great placing this movie in a heist league of its own. Not to mention that elevator scene!
Plus, there are many, many scenes where Ryan speaks with his eyes and smile alone. He's probably the best at conveying a message with his abs or smile. Am I right? If you don't believe me, check him out as a Man Candy Monday treat!
Besides, there was '80s music! And who doesn't love '80s music!
4 of 5 Hearts!