Drive tells the story of a young, nameless man (Ryan Gosling) who makes his living driving stunt cars by day and getaway cars by night. When he falls for his next door neighbour, Irene (Carey Mulligan), things get a little complicated when Irene’s husband returns from prison. Blood, sweat and (not so many) tears follow.
What is so remarkable about Drive is that the performances are so subtle, effortless and yet the overall effect is so powerful. It’s rare in this day and age to watch a film where the director emerges as the main star. Many have compared Drive to films such as Pulp Fiction. If Tarantino’s films are like a shot of dirty tequila, then Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive is like a shot of expensive bourbon: both have the same effect, but one is a lot smoother going down.
I’ll be raving about Drive for a long time.