We thought it was a good movie; we weren't expecting lots of mad scenes of driving because to be honest the Yanks usually overdo it. Ryan played a just too sullen and silent sort of a character - but it worked overall. Steve
great action but unless there is a drive 2 not a good ending
Drive is promoted as an action/thriller. I found this to be a completely inaccurate description and classification of the film, with my ultimate consideration being that it is the drama category.
Given the movie centres around a stunt/getaway driver, I was disappointed that there were really only two chase scenes and one movie stunt scene (which was blink and you miss it). Action scenes by way of fighting are also minimal in both occurrence and duration.
Thriller wise it also manages to miss the mark. The situation we have here is a heist gone wrong and the driver having to resolve the issues without dying. Of course, due to people's (both character and audience) lack of knowledge regarding his name/background, he is really able to just run and start anew elsewhere, but doesn't. In order to explain the driving (excuse the pun) motivation for the character to stay, they don't use a previous circumstance but relationships appear to be the primary force for character's actions in this movie. While the emphasis lies on this, there is incredibly little character development for the background of the relationships. One at least three occasions the 'tell another character how I met them for the benefit of the audience' mechanism is used, but with very little follow through. This results in the relationships lacking that depth to bring them to life and make the viewer believe the connections between characters.
Having said all of that, the performances of the actors are great. Gosling doesn't speak very much given he is the central character, but his use of body language, from voice tone through to even how tense he holds his posture, is extensive and ensures the audience is aware of his moods and instantaneous changes.
Ultimately, if this movie just accepted it was a drama and spent less time/structure in trying to be an action/thriller it would be a lot better.
This movie was strange and not what I expected. I was tempted to watched the commentary version but didn't want to waste my time My wife tells me that the main actor is hot at the moment but I just think he is strange or maybe lacking in the "speaking good for movies" department. The movie is slow starting then flips up a gear, I am told there are lots of "Homages" but they are too obscure for me and what is it with the bad 70's sounding soundtrack and scorpion jacket?
Absolute rubbish! Wooden acting and bad dialogue. Clichéd story, completely predictable. Miss-cast. Not worth the 1.5 hours of my life.
Not for everyone, but a wonderful film. Brilliantly filmed, beautifully acted, exciting and taut.
Not bad but never lived up to the hype from the critics!!!
Anyone have any idea when I can expect to receive the blu-ray version of this movie - it's been on my list now for the past month and a bit ... It makes the idea of quick delivery of these movies in the mail somewhat defunct ...
Tense and moody. A 1970's style thriller.
Not what I expected, I was thinking more Hollywood non-stop action flick. Unpredictable and without unnnecessary dialogue. Excellent acting performances. I was engrossed, but seems to polarise viewers opinions. I loved it, others hated it.
This has fast become one of my favourite movies. Ryan Gosling can say more with one look than many can with pages of dialogue. Carey Mulligan is fantastic; the cinematography superb and the soundtrack just thumpingly good. This is a slow-burn, neo-noir thriller, that may not be for all, but it will leave you breathless and thinking about it for weeks.