120+ movies: Drive

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120+ Movies of 2011

DriveDrive (28/09/11)

A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.

My good friend, novice_ninja said something about Drive that I believe to be very true:

…people were “fooled” into thinking it was a commercial film.

It definitely isn’t a commercial film. In some ways it is your ’70s style action film throwback, but with added flare and style. In other ways, it’s a very quiet character-centric film.

Loved the opening scene. Very nicely done. The film as a whole just looked amazing. When things get brutal, they get really brutal. A couple of people left the cinema I was in after the lift scene. I think it just got too much for them at that point.

Ryan Gosling – excellent. Last film I saw him in was The Notebook. Yet to see Blue Valentine. Thank you drive for reminding me of his brilliance. The rest of the actors are great in the film, but it’s all about Ryan and his character, the Driver.

As usual, I have to mention the soundtrack. Which I fell in love with. Not just a brilliant, understate score from Cliff Martinez, but the choice of the few songs they chose to put in the film. Gave them film a retro vibe, which I really appreciated. Now I understand why the soundtrack was getting talked about so heavily.

One thing’s for sure, I know I definitely won’t be seeing another film like Drive any time soon.
Rating: 4/5

Read on to see the entire list of movies seen this year so far:

81 Movies so far this Year

  1. The Horse Whisperer 3/5 (01/01/11)
  2. The Informant! 3/5 (09/01/11)
  3. The Fighter 4/5 (11/01/11)
  4. 127 Hours 5/5 (14/01/11)
  5. The Wolfman 3/5 (15/01/11)
  6. Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story 4/5 (16/01/11)
  7. The King’s Speech 5/5 (19/01/11)
  8. The Town 4/5 (20/01/11)
  9. Ninja Assassin 2/5 (24/01/11)
  10. He’s Just Not That Into You 1/5 (25/01/11)
  11. Imagine That 1/5 (27/01/11)
  12. Gentlemen Broncos 2/5 (04/02/11)
  13. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale 4/5 (06/02/11)
  14. Daybreakers 3/5 (12/02/11)
  15. The Book of Eli 2/5 (13/02/11)
  16. True Grit 4/5 (15/02/11)
  17. Red 1/5 (19/02/11)
  18. Invictus 3/5 (20/02/11)
  19. Coraline 2/5 (28/02/11)
  20. Juno 3/5 (02/03/11)
  21. Monsters vs. Aliens 1/5 (06/03/11)
  22. Jennifer’s Body 2/5 (06/03/11)
  23. Rango 4/5 (09/03/11)
  24. The Crazies 4/5 (11/03/11)
  25. Lakeview Terrace 1/5 (12/03/11)
  26. Battle: Los Angeles 3/5 (13/03/11)
  27. Submarine 4/5 (14/03/11)
  28. The Adjustment Bureau 2/5 (16/03/11)
  29. Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief 2/5 (18/03/11)
  30. The Happening 1/5 (19/03/11)
  31. Sucker Punch 2/5 (02/04/11)
  32. Carriers 1/5 (03/04/11)
  33. Source Code 4/5 (06/04/11)
  34. 3:10 to Yuma 3/5 (09/04/11)
  35. Walking Tall 1/5 (12/04/11)
  36. Your Highness 3/5 (13/04/11)
  37. El Mariachi 3/5 (14/03/11)
  38. From Paris With Love 3/5 (15/04/11)
  39. Scream 4 3/5 (16/04/11)
  40. Hot Tub Time Machine 2/5 (17/04/11)
  41. Attack the Block 4/5 (20/04/11)
  42. The International 2/5 (23/04/11)
  43. Thor 5/5 (25/04/11)
  44. Fast & Furious 5: Rio Heist 5/5 (28/04/11)
  45. A Beautiful Mind 4/5 (06/05/11)
  46. Extract 2/5 (05/05/11)
  47. Hanna 4/5 (06/05/11)
  48. Catfish 3/5 (07/05/11)
  49. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2/5 (20/05/11)
  50. The Hangover Part II 3/5 (27/05/11)
  51. How to Train Your Dragon 4/5 (28/05/11)
  52. Zodiac 4/5 (28/05/11)
  53. Up in the Air 5/5 (30/05/11)
  54. X-Men: First Class 4/5 (01/06/11)
  55. Electra Luxx 3/5 (04/06/11)
  56. The Usual Suspects 5/5 (05/06/11)
  57. Senna 5/5 (10/06/11)
  58. The Human Centipede 1/5 (10/06/11)
  59. Green Lantern 2/5 (17/06/11)
  60. Paul 3/5 (18/06/11)
  61. Transformers: Dark of the Moon 4/5 (29/06/11)
  62. Predators 2/5 (30/07/11)
  63. Captain America: The First Avenger 3/5 (31/07/11)
  64. Super 8 5/5 (11/08/11)
  65. The Secret in Their Eyes 5/5 (13/08/11)
  66. [Rec] 2 3/5 (14/08/11)
  67. Rise of the Planet of the Apes 4/5 (16/08/11)
  68. Cowboys & Aliens 4/5 (18/08/11)
  69. Final Destination 5 4/5 (19/08/11)
  70. Micmacs 3/5 (21/08/11)
  71. Conan the Barbarian 3/5 (27/08/11)
  72. Legion 1/5 (27/08/11)
  73. Limitless 3/5 (29/08/11)
  74. Apollo 18 1/5 (02/09/11)
  75. The Warriors 4/5 (04/09/11)
  76. Ondine 3/5 (07/09/11)
  77. TrollHunter 5/5 (09/09/11)
  78. Burke & Hare 2/5 (16/09/11)
  79. Jackass 3 3/5 (16/09/11)
  80. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 5/5 (23/09/11)
  81. Drive 4/5 (28/09/11)

10 Comments

  1. I genuinely want to see this film because the critics and fellow cinema goers have said it is probably one of the best films out these days.

  2. Nice review, So far this is the best new release I have seen this year. We also had people leaving the theater during that elevator scene. 🙂 Spot on about the soundtrack, its the first soundtrack I have purchased since Pulp Fiction.

    • It’s definitely a highlight of the year in terms of films. Especially in a year so overcrowded with comic book films. Even though I have a soft spot for some of them.

  3. Ahh, I’ve been waiting to see this movie! I didn’t catch it in theaters, so I have to wait til it comes out on Blu-ray (Jan. 31!). It’s good to hear from all around what a great movie this is. I’m getting excited!

    • Definitely worth it! Awaiting my blu-ray order to come through so I can watch it again. Loved it, you won’t be disappointed.

  4. Ryan Gosling and director Nicholas Winding Refn might team up to do another story based on this character.

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