Thoughts: Drive on!

Ryan Gosling to take a bow, you have done yourself proud!

Movies like this one come once in a while and it has been sometime since I have seen something with so much of an intense saga in it that it supersedes all else. Personally speaking it’s a movie that doesn’t come and hit you like an action packed ramboesque type, but neither does it die away like a fast and furious type. It lingers on in the recess of our minds and lasts long enough to make you feel you are a part of it.

Ryan Gosling acts as a stunt driver/garage mechanic by day and wheelman by night. The movie then takes a twist when a contract he takes up goes all wrong and a person ends up dead. What follows is a gut wrenching, graphic and twisted mode of revenge dealt out by a life hardened persona whilst fighting out with his inner emotions and demons and the turmoil that comes with it.

Ryan Gosling does a fantastic job as the toothpick chewing, cold, near monosyllabic, angry young man. He acts like the perfect lead; silent, calm, loving and tough as nails when the need arises (he smashes a guy’s head in for crying out loud!) He does a brilliant job of displaying the duality aspect of man- a caring human walking the razor thin line of stepping over to animal brutality.  The movie revolves around him and honestly he doesn’t let you get bored. (I wonder if he would get some critical acclaim for it or not)

The rest of the cast give a so-so appeal to themselves. Carey Mulligan as the devoted wife, helpless yet determined, Bryan Cranston as the father figure (sort of) who rubbed the mafia the wrong way and ends up paying long after, Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman as the head honchos and Oscar Isaac the ex-con, loving husband and father trying to make amends in his life all give a reason for the movie to go forward.

Nicholas Winding draws us in the movie so much so that you feel as you are a part of it. He has done a brilliant job in keeping the audience on the edge of their seat and yet comfortable in it. Although initially the movie doesn’t seem to grab your eyeballs, I write this after 3 days of watching the movie for I just realized that I can still remember each and every scene of the movie which is just“kudos” for the director.

A word of caution for those with a little queasy sides, the movie isn’t built for you since there are some very graphic scenes and I’d suggest in case you have weak stomachs you best give this one a skip and go ahead to watch Ernest Goes to Camp or something.

There is a generic comparison to the Transporter, but for all Jason Statham fans, apart from the fact that both of them drive a car, there is nothing in common in the two movies. You might as well compare it to Herbie!!

It’s a first person slow, dark minimum dialogue, tense and involving movie – something you would find it impossible not to get immersed in completely. There is something undeniably retro about the movie, probably they way the opening credits are rolled or the sound track (which by the way is a gem in itself), but the movie with all of the 70’s-80’s feel to it is more this decade than anything. I would definitely recommend this movie as one to watch

 

 

If I drive for you, you give me a time and a place. I give you a five-minute window, anything happens in that five minutes and I’m yours no matter what. I don’t sit in while you’re running it down; I don’t carry a gun… I drive.”

 

 

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One response to this post.

  1. Guess I beg to differ. I would rather sum it up as the movie had nothing wrong but nothing right either.

    ‘He is a real hero, a real human being’??? Dint work for me. So many loose ends in the plot that it left me a little unsettled.

    To me the movie had all elements right but somehow did not come together as beautifully as expected. Maybe my expectations were high.

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