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04/19/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Neon

Wenn er gebucht wird, fährt er. Der Driver hat keinen anderen Namen und kein anderes Leben. Zuerst erleben wir ihn während eines Rennens - er benutzt nicht nur seine Kraft und Schnelligkeit, sondern auch seine Fähigkeit, das Strassenland zu überblicken. Ausserdem arbeitet er als Stuntman. Beide Jobs bedeuten keinen Konflikt für ihn - er fährt. Ryan Gosling steht als Driver in der Tradition ikonischer Helden ohne Namen, Geschichte oder Emotionen (scheinbar hat er gar keine, zumindest sind sie tief im Innersten verborgen). Der Driver ist ein existentialistischer Held. Das würde ihn nun zu einem hirnlosen Action-Film befähigen, doch genau das ist Drive nicht. Hier haben wir es mit einer äusserst eleganten Stilübung zu tun und tiefen Emotionen, die nach und nach freigelegt werden. Das Mysteri...

 

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03/23/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Brilliant movie

Driver: I'll see you in five minutes.
Standard: I'll see you in four.

This one was standing in line already for a long time to be watched. Looking at the number of responses on IMDB, my expectations about it went sky high. Here and there I've read it would be a unique masterpiece, quite arty and directed in a Tarantino kind of way. Those forecasts were also met.

I thought Ryan Gosling would be kind of a modern version of James Dean who would make female movie-fans swoon with his blue puppy eyes. But what an excellent anti-chick flick interpretation he puts into this movie. With the leather gloves, the emotionless facial expression and the high value on the coolness thermometer he surely reminded me of James Dean. At other times, he seemed to be a fear toothpick chewing loner from a...

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3/4 

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05/30/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Excellent Blend of 80's, Action and Neo-Noir

I love how implicit Drive was. What other films could not do for me with implicitness, this movie did perfectly. See, it took me a while to start liking this movie and several viewings, but by the third, I loved it. The first time I watched it, I thought: Okay, something new, very creative, I like it.
The Second time: Wow, there is actually a lot more to the story, plus the soundtrack is great.
Third time: OMFG ERMAGERD

On the outside, Drive may look like a bland, clichéd story, like the trailers made it out to be, but this movie has multiple layers. The shots and scenery are mind-numbingly beautiful, Ryan Gosling's acting is so creepy and sly that it gave me goosebumps and it's a sin this wasn't nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Music, Best Director, Best Cinematography or...

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4/4 

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02/16/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

'Tension' - Drive

If at any point you wanted to put put Drive on pause, you would be presented with something suitable for framing as a poster on the wall. Every shot in this movie is immaculately conceived and presented. Much in the same way as Quentin Tarantino, Nicolas Winding Refn lets his shots play - and play they do. The cinematography in the movie is staggering. It's as close to a perfect presentation if ever there was one.

The thing about Drive that seems to divide people one way or the other is... well, that it's very nearly on the edge of being a boring movie. However when you examine the characters and dialogue - especially on repeated viewings - there is always something... else, going on. A nuance that the director doesn't necessarily want to thrust into your face...

Rating of
4/4 

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11/28/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Drive!

Drive is a technically superb, beautifully acted and directed cinematic treat. Director Nicolas Winding Refn hits it out of the park here, giving us a slowly-paced, but engaging character study about a young guy who will unleash with rage to defend the people he cares about. He doesn't talk much, he's quite calm, but when he gets angry, he gets more interesting. In some way, he's a sociopath. In the end, he's just as mysterious as he was in the beginning. I also have to praise Ryan Gosling for his incredible performance as this incredible character. With outstanding directing, effective performances, an interesting old-school film-making vibe, and pretty messed up violence, Drive rocks!!! This film deserved an Oscar nom! There, I said it.

3.5/4

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3.5/4 

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09/13/2012 (1 of 2 found this helpful)

"Drive" by Amanda

Easily one of 2011's most overrated films. Is it because the approach is different? God awful 80's pop techno soundtrack accompanies a simple, surface based character drama. Its complexity is only in its photography...driving at night, diving helicopters and cop cars in pursuit of our driver.

Cops are after our silent protaganist because why? He does side jobs using his driving skill to make ends meet it seems. He is attracted to his lonely next door neighbor, and from this shallow relationship which never goes deeper than her reaching for his hand, the film leads into a circle of events that just begs a question...why? Why is our silent protagonist so attached to a family that he doesn't know? Why does he risk his life to save them?

While the story only goes skin deep, it is real...

Rating of
1.5/4 

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08/15/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Drive" by Yojimbo

A stunt driver and part time wheel man decides to help his neighbour's ex-con husband perform a robbery to clear a debt incurred whilst in prison to protect his family. Drive has a very self-consciously retro feel to it and despite the very 80s styling it has far more in common with the hard boiled cop thrillers of the 1970s such as The Getaway, The French Connection and of course, Dirty Harry. Anyone expecting another Fast And Furious or Gone In 60 Seconds will be disappointed because the approach is far more restrained and relatively testosterone free; the violence is sparse but brutal and the car chase sequences have obviously been heavily influence by Bullitt. As such it has a refreshingly different feel, almost like an semi-action version of The Sopranos which makes it stand out from...

Rating of
3/4 

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07/14/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Drive

I hated the music for this movie. I just have to get that out of the way. I didn't see what they were getting at. I mean, it seemed like they were going with an 80's feel. Even the font for the credits was very Miami Vice. Things is, I don't understand why. It was weird and distracting, and very annoying to say the least. The movie, however, is very good. Ryan Gosling is my hero lol. I love him. He's such an intense actor. He can make a shit movie amazing. He's so good that he makes the his co actors better. His method acting draws genuine emotional responses from the people he works. It's just so good to watch. He totally made this movie awesome. I honestly probably wouldn't have liked it as much as I did if another actor played the part of the driver. So, good for him.

Rating of
3/4 

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02/09/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

From Silence to Violence!

Drive tells the story of an unnamed driver who is a Hollywood stunt performer by day, and a getaway driver for hire at night. The nameless driver, played by Ryan Gosling demonstrates his skills as a heist wheel man, evading the police with calm, deliberate precision. After a heist gone wrong, he discovers that a contract has been put on him, causing him to take some very extreme actions for survival.

What's a story without some angst laden love? Here, Carey Mulligan plays Irene, the pitiful damsel in distress with whom our hero falls in love with but the burgeoning romance is abruptly interrupted by her husband (Oscar Isaac) returning from prison. Like a Knight in shining armor, the Driver (whose name is never revealed) then decides to help Irene's husband get out of debt from a priso...

Rating of
3/4 

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11/04/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Drive review

A driver with no name (Ryan Gosling) falls for his neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), and together with her son, Benicio (Kaden Leos). The driver helps Irene’s husband Standard (Oscar Isaac) does a job since he owes money. Unfortunately, the money belongs to the East Coast Mafia and Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks) wants to get it back. The driver does everything he can to make things right. The sublime soundtrack, sensational cinematography and action sequences were perfectly executed. Unfortunately, I was not impressed with the mumbling of Gosling and lack of a deeper plot. Mulligan, Perlman were effective, Brooks playing an antagonist was surprising as well. It has a realistic approach however coupled with themes of trust, vengeance and survival is well displayed. Drive is an artisti...

Rating of
3.5/4 

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