A Real Human Being & a Real Hero (Drive Review)

ORIGINAL DATE:  December 20, 2011

I heard all the hype and surroundings about the movie. All the well-known movie critics in America praised this movie. Most of the YouTube movie review universe has praised this movie and some here on Spill have praised on it. Others say it was something like “The Fast and The Furious” or “The Transporter” or a rip-off of it.  Yeah, don’t listen to the latter.  Hey, I like most of The Fast & the Furious movies & Transporter 1 & 2 (never saw 3 or intend to) but I don’t want the same formula being repeated again and again. This isn’t a summer popcorn flick/blockbuster or a Luc Besson project which has got the same but enjoyable style of his.

The plot for Drive is that a Hollywood stunt performer, who in his spare time, moonlights as a getaway driver. But when he helps this woman’s husband to pay off a debt for Albanian gangster Cook, that is when the $*** hits the fan and everything goes all wrong for our main character.

Drive has got an intriguing story going for it and some good performances coming out of it. No doubt Ryan Gosling has an amazing year with Crazy, Stupid & Love & The Ides of March and hopefully he could get an Oscar. He really deserves it and so does all the performers like Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman & Oscar Isaac and that is a first good thing I said about Oscar Isaac because I thought he always plays an unlikable and unbearable douchebag that you want to shoot and kill (Sucker Punch, anyone?) but here, he is actually a character you actually care about, kind of.

I will say this, if you are very squeamish and can’t stand the sight of blood and violence; then this is not the movie for you. The violence is really massive and it can get very gritty but it wasn’t unnecessary. It wasn’t like carnage and blood for the sake of carnage and blood.

The direction of Nicholas Winding Refn is absolutely excellent and in my own opinion with very or no little flaws. The cinematography is an absolute grand-stand and the music………oh yes, the music. I absolutely loved the score by Cliff Martinez in this, especially the five songs included in there and in case you want to know what the songs are (without giving away spoilers):

“Tick of the Clock” – The Chromatics – played in the beginning of t…

“Nightcall” – Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx – played in the opening credits

“A Real Hero” – College (f/ Electric Youth) – heard in the driving …

“Under Your Spell” – Desire – heard during the welcome home party

“Oh My Love” – Riz Ortolani & Katyna Ranieri – heard during the…

FINAL VERDICT: Oh yeah, this is a film that is well-crafted, well-executed, well thought-out, intense, very thrilling; no holds barred and didn’t pull out any punches. It is what it is and it has nothing to apologize for and can be viewed for multiple times as you wish. I know the Globes didn’t give the nominations it deserves, but then again, these are the same people that nominated The Tourist for last year & Cars 2 for this year. But bygones are bygones. This film gets the rating of:




And that is all from me…..for now.

‘Til then – I’m MAK2.0 aka HybridMedia, bringing all the elements in one human being.

DRIVE – courtesy of FilmDistrict / soundtrack avaliable on Lakeshore Records.

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