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Drive [Blu-ray] (2011)

Ryan Gosling , Carey Mulligan , Nicolas Winding Refn    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (354 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Christina Hendricks, Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman
  • Directors: Nicolas Winding Refn
  • Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen, Colour, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (354 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005VP822M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,387 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive--a pulp fairytale about a driver struggling to protect an optionless family--has deep cinematic roots that run through the canon of existential noir from the '60s onwards, borrowing the central characterization of Walter Hill's The Driver, the professional code of Jean-Pierre Melville's The Samurai and the palette and pace of Michael Mann's Heat. Ryan Gosling has formidable presence as the un-named hero: a classic celluloid stranger whose eyes give away everything his controlled dialogue tries to conceal. He makes fair money as an in-demand getaway driver with a legit career in stunt-driving and racing ahead of him. But when a protective relationship is struck with a coping mother (Carey Mulligan) and her young son (Kaden Leos) he breaks his own rules to help her backslider husband with one last heist. Sure enough, nothing goes according to plan--and the driver must lay down a trail of retribution, attitude and scorched rubber to shake off a brutal entanglement with the mob. Gosling's depiction of heroic cool is flawless, as are supporting performances from Mad Men's Christina Hendricks as a trashy moll, Albert Brooks as a dangerous investor and Ron Perlman as the demonic gangster pulling the narrative strings. The cinematography of Newton Thomas Sigel (The Usual Suspects) also gives Los Angeles a hip starring role: the shots of Gosling racing his 1973 Chevrolet Malibu along LA's concrete riverbed--or just rolling it around the sodium-tinted backstreets--make franchise concepts like The Fast and The Furious look suspiciously like nerd territory. --Leo Batchelor

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Directed by Nicholas Winding Refn and the winner of the Best Director award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. DRIVE is the story of a Hollywood stunt driver by day (Ryan Gosling), a loner by nature, who moonlights as a top-notch getaway driver-for-hire in the criminal underworld. He finds himself a target for some of LA's most dangerous men after agreeing to aid the husband of his beautiful neighbour, Irene (Carey Mulligan). When the job goes dangerously awry, the only way he can keep Irene and her son alive is to do what he does best—Drive!

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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shut up and drive. 13 Feb 2012
By Richard
With the title "Drive" and the tag line "Get in. Get Out. Get Away" one could be forgiven for thinking that this was a fast paced heist movie focused on long car chase get-away sequences. It isn't. Less 'Fast and Furious' and more 'Subdued and Serious'. The film starts with a getaway drive that rather sets the tone of the film; our driver says very little and only picks up the pace if cornered at which point he can and will do whatever he has to.

Arguably our driver is either mysterious or astonishingly lacking substance; new to an apartment he quickly develops a bond with his neighbour. When the neighbours husband needs a favour things go terribly wrong, and with the driver's life threatened, but more importantly the neighbour and her child's life threatened, driver does everything he has to to keep them safe. At times this gets very gory, and there are those who will question the need to be quite so graphic. Drive does not glorify violence by any means, but does tell us a lot about Driver whose quiet demeanour could otherwise be mistaken for passive or apathetic.

- Stunning visuals and sound. Fans of 80's Michael Mann films will be happy in this respect.
- A serious and engaging story for the more patient viewer.

- Many will be put off by the graphic violence. Some will say it is unnecessary, although probably most will disagree.
- What for many will be an interesting albeit quiet protagonist, will for others be soulless and borderline sociopathic.

Bottom Line:
- Engaging and stylish for the patient.
- Tedious and one dimensional for the impatient.
- Horrific for those with weaker constitutions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
With all that other reviewers have said I'm not going to go into lengthy narrative. It's a film in which the central, unnamed "driver" (Ryan Gosling) has very little dialogue but the two gangsters are characteristically given lots of colourful lines. Carey Mulligan serves her purpose as the waif-like woman who with her little boy breaks through to the driver's soft centre. There are other characters like Blanche, a trashy girl criminal, who are well-played. The violence is not excessive in my view given the subject matter; indeed one episode is portrayed mainly by the shadows of the combatants. Overall it's an atmospheric film, well made but of no lasting consequence.

Those who like it should seek out a better film of the same type, "The Driver" directed by Walter Hill with Ryan O'Neal in the title role (not the normal choice of role for him). He too says very little, is unnamed and opens up because of a girl, but in that film he's up against a cop as devoid of humanity as he is. There's also a similar running conflict between the driver and robbers who want his services. Check it out, it's a little gem!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Running on empty 31 Jan 2014
By Lendrick VINE VOICE
Drive tips it's hat to classics like Bullitt [1968] [DVD] and adds a dash of David Lynch, While it looks great, the glacial pace and minimalist script left me un-engaged. There is little in the way of character to become involved with. In the final third it ramps up the action but with violence so over the top it's almost cartoon.

Not awful but couldn't recommend it to anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 1 Dec 2013
By Elaine
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As ever Ryan Gosling is superb. This man has such screen presence. For once the main characters don't jump into bed the first chance they get which makes for a much more believable story. Understated performances from Carey Miligan and Gosling.
Indebtedness extends beyond prison and Gosling is unwittingly caught in a chain of events from which he struggles to escape.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 10 April 2012
By wordfan
I loved Drive - an incredible piece of film making. Dreamy, languorous atmosphere punctuated by intense and often shocking violence (in this it reminded me of A History of Violence). The soundtrack was perfect and Gosling and Mulligan are well cast.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but not for everyone 23 Dec 2013
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I really enjoyed this film, loved the way it's filmed, music etc. however it's not for everyone. There are moments where no one speaks and characters facial expression are enough. There is some violence although not as much or as bad as some say. All within context of the film. As with all films, it's personal preference - I liked it, husband didn't. He thought it was boring. Look at the actors in it, or the director. If you've seen/like their previous work then watch it. If not, then don't!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This movie initially reminded me of Michael Mann's cinematography of the 1980s, in terms of the sound track, the vibrant colours, the use of landscapes and modes where the heroic protagonists occupy a somewhat secret world, away from ordinary concerns. There is a feel of stylishness and emotional intensity and sexual subtext and strong violence. However, where this splits from a Mann production is that at times the film has no dialogue - instead the viewer has to rely on gestures and or facial descriptions and that in its self can be disconcerting. Therefore, it is quite understandable that people will not like this type of storytelling and will reach for volume control on the remote.

One of the outstanding scenes was the elevator sequence, which was essentially a series of striking visuals and explicit imagery that's a key example of how the film conveys so much through emotions and through the moving image as opposed to the use of any spoken narrative. The use of very capable Bryan Cranston as Shannon is great casting, he seems to have such a far raging palate of characterisations. The whole casting of the film is good, and in some ways rather quirky.

To sum up then, this is a good neo-noir crime thriller film that for me really delivers. That said, and I hate to sound repetitive, but I can appreciate why there detractors as my partner is one of them.
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