Drama starring Ryan Gosling as a young football player who, having lost his father and been dropped from his team in the space of a couple of days, attempts to find a new direction in life. Roy Chutney (Gosling) is naturally devastated by the loss of his father and the emotional and physical escape provided by the game he loves. When he is approached by Gideon Ferguson (David Morse), regarded as something of a loner and outsider in the town, about joining his six-man football team, Roy hesitantly agrees. It is to prove the beginning of an unusual friendship that, for better or worse, will greatly influence Roy's emotional development...
For anyone wondering why this doesn't show up on Gosling's filmography on Wiki or IMDB, it's because this is the retitled version of an earlier film he made, unavaible till now in the UK, called The Slaughter Rule. It's been re-named presumably to cash in on the cult success of Drive which though a world class piece of cinema, bares no resemblance to this film at all.
Don't expect a sport film here despite the American Football setting - it's a relationship drama. Though a Gosling focused film he shares the screen with David Morse, one of the most undervalued actors in cinema. It's deep at times and doesn't give easy answers. I'd recommend a blind watch, as it is hard to review this film without giving away a few themes and points its perhaps better not to divulge.
If you are a fan of Gosling or Morse (and you SHOULD be, they're both world class) don't hesitate, just pick this up.
As a huge fan of Ryan Gosling, I picked up 'Drive To Dream' when I found a cheap copy, even though I didn't have that high of expectations as I read the DVD's blurb.
It's an early Ryan film (only his second!), and he's as natural as always, but you can certainly see the signs in his performance that he had the potential to go onto become a high profile actor. I actually still regard some of his early movies as his best, when he was cast as social misfits, 'Murder By Numbers' being my favourite, I personally think that these were the roles in which he excels at the most.
His character here, a young lad called Roy Chutney is one of those roles. The film, set in Montana, explores the relationship between a small-town high school football player with anger management issues (Ryan), and Gid Ferguson, his troubled coach (David Morse) who has a shady past. Roy had been dropped from the team after the state stops providing the funds, and Gid tries to regain his reputation by putting together an underground football team. When two interesting characters, portrayed by two first class actors get together on screen, you know you have something can't be all that bad, which it isn't.
'Drive To Dream' was originally made under the name of 'The Slaughter's Rule', and made available in the US in 2002. However, it was not released in the UK until this 2012 DVD release, and was no doubt re-titled to cash in on the huge success of the American action crime drama 'Drive', a far superior movie, but then again, it isn't fair to compare the two. For a small independent film, 'Drive To Dream' is a pretty good piece.
This film will not be for everyone. It's a football movie on the outside, the storyline may seem rather slow at the beginning, but it does pick up after the first half an hour. Essentially, it's a good, often moving character study of two very complex characters, both having to cope with loss and loneliness, and played to perfection by Gosling and Morse. I did enjoy it, and would watch it again.
This is by far the worst film I have ever purchased from Amazon. The story is bordering on the infantile and the quality of the acting leaves a great deal to be desired. I was labouring under the misapprehension that the film was concerned with American Football but that is only a backdrop to the banal story of a mystery man who becomes involved in the life of Ryan Gosling - though why he would even consider this is never made clear. The production quality is awful and I sat there praying for it to end but even at the same time hoping that it might improve - it didn't.
The story of how an isolated teenager is befriended by a loner. The football provides a fitting backdrop to the development of their relationship. The film sucks you in and keeps you watching to the end.
Loved it..As Ryan Gosling is Fantastic in this, I Do like him more in films when he is one of the main guys. I Read reviews before buying this, I am glad i don,t take much notice in some otherwise i would have missed out on a great Adult movie...If it hadn,t of been him as the main man then i wouldn,t have enjoyed it as much...Not good for under 15. But as well i have surround sound and please don,t read all the negative reviews. CRACKIN , Film lol.."Noise i mean" Kitty, Wirral.