Drive is a very fun and Beautifully shot movie, that immediately reminded me of To Live and Die In LA. Although To live and Die In LA was a movie about counterfeiting money, the feel is very much the same. The credits are written in hot pink, the film pays attention to even the minimalist of details, and the music compliments what is shown on-screen and how the characters are feeling.
Drive, like To Live and Die In LA, is very well cast and provides some very well needed escapism from the boundaries of day-to-day life. It allows you to feel as if you were riding in the car alongside the characters.
Drive is a very dark film and it's driver (Ryan Gosling) does not like to break his own rules. His rules are strict , but they allow you to get in and out in just enough time. Also the driver does stunts for movies in Hollywood, this gig is given to him through his mechanic friend and boss Shannon (Bryan Cranston). The driver is a very kind and caring person, he is also smart and can handle the wheel of any car that he comes in contact with.
One elevator ride is all it takes to mess up what the driver had going for him. In this ride he meets the very attractive Irene (Carey Mulligan) whom Befriends the driver and gives him something to do in his free time. That is until her trouble-making husband Standard(Oscar Issac) comes home and bad things start happening at the apartment complex. Standard owes money to Nino (Ron Perlman) and he comes to the driver in need of assistance.
Albert Brooks is in an unusual role here as Bernie Rose, the town kingpin. However, Brooks is great in the role and he makes his Bernie Rose a force to be reckoned with.
Drive is a great ride and completely unexpected considering, yet another bad summer of movies. It is a great way to let the fall term of movies and Oscar contenders begin. Drive is by no means Oscar worthy,but it does allow us to get out of the habbit of seeing things go crash and boom. Drive is very well acted,directed, and a piece of great entertainment.