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Stylish and slick.
on 10 December 2016
An awesome stylish, film with special praise deserved for it's sound design and cinematography. Ignore the cover and marketing, this isn't some dumb cheesy action flick about bank robbing and car chases. The film focuses on an unnamed character simply known as ' the driver' who is unwillingly drawn into a violent world in order to protect an innocent family from harm. His quiet self assured manner channels older action stars like Clint Eastwood and Sylvester Stallone. A cold fury lies underneath their calm surface.
The relationship between the kid and his neighbour is very sweet, there's a kind of purity too it and it's all conveyed with minimal dialogue, when he visits the strip club it's to commit an act of violence. The director understands quite well the connection between the two and the kind of story he wants to tell. Ryan Gosling has a silent reassuring presence and was perfectly cast in his role, Bryan Cranston was brilliant as always.
The editing of the film is very slick, the lighting is well thought out, LA at night-time looks gorgeous, plus the euro pop throw back music and costume design give it a slighter retro feel, deliberately I imagine. I only bought the DVD of this but was very happy with the picture and sound quality, the film is widescreen rather than full screen. My only issue with the film is that the plot is very very simple and the pacing is quite slow at points but I'd argue without ever dragging. In some ways the film has many similarities with the western Shane.