Drive (2011)

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Synopsis:
Ryan Gosling stars as a Hollywood stunt driver for movies by day and moonlights as a wheelman for criminals by night. Though a loner by nature, “Driver” can’t help falling in love with his beautiful neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), a young mother dragged into a dangerous underworld by the return of her ex-convict husband. After a heist goes wrong, Driver finds himself driving defense for the girl he loves, tailgated by a syndicate of deadly serious criminals (Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman). Soon he realizes the gangsters are after more than the bag of cash and is forced to shift gears and go on the offense.

Genre: Action/Adventure
Director: Nicholas Winding Refn -
Theatrical Release: 2011
Rated: R (MPAA)
Length: 100 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: DVD
Language: English

Synopsis:
Ryan Gosling stars as a Hollywood stunt driver for movies by day and moonlights as a wheelman for criminals by night. Though a loner by nature, “Driver” can’t help falling in love with his beautiful neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), a young mother dragged into a dangerous underworld by the return of her ex-convict husband. After a heist goes wrong, Driver finds himself driving defense for the girl he loves, tailgated by a syndicate of deadly serious criminals (Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman). Soon he realizes the gangsters are after more than the bag of cash and is forced to shift gears and go on the offense.

A lone-wolf Hollywood stunt driver (Ryan Gosling) moonlights as a freelance getaway wheelman, and he finds his solitary existence taking on new meaning after befriending Irene (Carey Mulligan), the lonely wife of convicted felon Standard (Oscar Isaac), and her young son Benicio (Kaden Leos). When Standard gets released from prison and is strong-armed into committing a bold daytime robbery, the Driver offers his services in an effort to help the repentant ex-con cut his ties to the criminal underworld. Things get complicated, however, when the robbery goes unexpectedly awry, and the Driver just barely manages to escape alive. When the take from the job proves to be stratospherically higher than the Driver was led to believe, it quickly becomes apparent that they were set up. Later, thugs threaten to kill Irene and Benicio, and all evidence points to transplanted New York crime boss Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks) and his hot-headed partner Nino (Ron Perlman) as the masterminds. As the Driver attempts to turn the tables on them, it becomes clear that the chain of command goes much higher than he could have ever anticipated.;

A lone-wolf Hollywood stunt driver (Ryan Gosling) moonlights as a freelance getaway wheelman, and he finds his solitary existence taking on new meaning after befriending Irene (Carey Mulligan), the lonely wife of convicted felon Standard (Oscar Isaac), and her young son Benicio (Kaden Leos). When Standard gets released from prison and is strong-armed into committing a bold daytime robbery, the Driver offers his services in an effort to help the repentant ex-con cut his ties to the criminal underworld. Things get complicated, however, when the robbery goes unexpectedly awry, and the Driver just barely manages to escape alive. When the take from the job proves to be stratospherically higher than the Driver was led to believe, it quickly becomes apparent that they were set up. Later, thugs threaten to kill Irene and Benicio, and all evidence points to transplanted New York crime boss Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks) and his hot-headed partner Nino (Ron Perlman) as the masterminds. As the Driver attempts to turn the tables on them, it becomes clear that the chain of command goes much higher than he could have ever anticipated.;

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Nicholas Winding Refn -
Ryan Gosling - Actor, HALF NELSON, THE NOTEBOOK
Carey Mulligan - Actress
Hossein Amini -
James Sallis -
Bryan Cranston - Actor, Dad on "Malcolm in the Middle"
Ron Perlman - Actor, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST series, HELLBOY
Christina Hendricks - Actor, KEVIN HILL/HUNGER POINT
Oscar Isaac - Actor, THE NATIVITY STORY, (2006)
Cliff Martinez - Composer
Lon Bender - Executive Producer, THE DOGWALKER (2002)
Linda Arnold -
Jeffrey Stott - Executive Producer, MURDER BY NUMBERS (2002)
Frank Capra III - Assistant Director
Ronnie Spector - Pop Singer/Phil's Wife
Gerald Quist -
Dave Paterson - Production Manager, TOO MUCH SLEEP (2001)
Victor Ray Ennis -
Michael Moore - Key Hairstylist
Robert Fernandez - Sound Mixer
Darrin Prescott -
Lisa Sessions Morgan -
Cesar Garcia -
Ron Perlman - Actor, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST series, HELLBOY
John Pyper-Ferguson - Actor/"Bird On A Wire"
Tim Trella -
Craig Baxley Jr. -
Jeff Wolfe - Stunts; Actor
James Biberi -
Joe Pingue -
Dieter H. Busch -
Joey Bucarro -
Oscar Isaac - Actor, THE NATIVITY STORY, (2006)
Jimmy Hart - Stunts; Actor
Tina Huang -
Tiara Parker -
Kaden Leos -
Andy SanDimas -
Kenny Richards -
Chris Muto -
Rachel Dib -
Steve Knoll -
Mara LaFontaine -
Teonee Tbrasl -
Ralph Lawler -
Jim Behnke - Producer, THE MAJESTIC (2001)
Box Office
06/18/2011
4 stars out of 5 -- "DRIVE dynamically merges a traffic film noir plot with a cool retro look, evoking '60s classics like POINT BLANK and BULLITT."
Chicago Sun-Times
09/14/2011
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Here is a move with respect for writing, acting and craft. It has respect for knowledgeable moviegoers."
USA Today
09/16/2011
"The look is artfully stylized, influenced by classic film noir; the mood is dark; the performances nuanced; and the story unnervingly exciting."
Wall Street Journal
09/16/2011
"[G]osling and this powerful film, which is ultimately about a moment of grace, deserve each other. He's the medium's most graceful minimalist."
Total Film
10/01/2011
4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t is Gosling, along with Refn's meticulous, dynamic direction, that is the star of the show..."
Rolling Stone
09/15/2011
4 stars out of 4 -- "Gosling is dynamite....Pure cinema, a grenade of image and sound ready to blow."
Entertainment Weekly
09/23/2011
"DRIVE revels in sensory detail; it's a visually and aurally edgy Euro-influenced American genre movie about the coolness of noir-influenced American genre movies about the coolness of driving..." -- Grade: B+
Sight and Sound
10/01/2011
"[W]ith well-staged, attention-grabbing chase sequences, a cool-for-cats central performance from Ryan Gosling...atmospheric cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel, and a tension-enhancing use of music and sound design..."
Uncut
10/05/2011
4 stars out of 5 -- "DRIVE is a welcome throwback to a sub-genre of stripped-down, existential action movies familiar from the late '70s and early '80s..."
Washington Post
09/16/2011
4 stars out of 4 -- "Ryan Gosling delivers a slow, white-hot burn of a performance in DRIVE, a nervy, understated ode to one of Hollywood's most cherished archetypes, the sad-eyed man of few words."

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