I may be wrong on this, but in my mind Ryan Gosling is one of today’s most versatile leads in film. Chick flicks? Got it. Bizarre and kinda creepy? Yup. Slimy Womanizer? Yes. The one role that has been noticeably absent from Gosling’s resume has been the gritty action star. And while Drive is plenty gritty, it isn’t your run of the mill shoot em up popcorn movie.
Ryan Gosling is the driver, an unnamed Hollywood stunt driver who, on the side, becomes a wheelman for hire. Soon he meets Irene (Carey Mulligan), his next door neighbor (whose husband is in prison), and falls for her. On the other side of things, Albert Brooks and company are starting trouble with money, gangs, and the like. It gets even crazier when Irene’s husband is released from prison, and the driver tries to help him out.
What Drive lacks in plot, it more than makes up for in atmosphere. The film is a lesson in slow-paced, stressful atmosphere that leads to a violent end. The unique music choices, a Tron meets 1980’s feel, only adds to the very much dialogue-free film. Gosling has never been better, and my first look at Carey Mulligan only makes me want to see her in more. Of course, the bad guys are bad, but the good guys are just as violent, showing that kicking a skull in can never look so beautiful.