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DRIVE (2011)

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

I still feel like a truck hit me, after watching this 2 days ago.

If i was expecting anything, i didn`t expect this.

I didn`t even see a trailer before I got a chance to see  DRIVE.

I saw the movie posters, and thought they looked cool.

But it didn`t make me wanna watch it instantly, because of the  main actor himself, who didn`t appear in anything big, or at least in nothing i would wanna watch.

Plus, i have so many other things i wanna watch and review.

Only when i looked up the director, i was all up and awake.

Nicolas Winding Refn directed  awesome movies, like BRONSON or VALHALLA RISING(even if that was a bit weird). But he sure was a great director from Denmark, who impressed me already more than once. The unnamed driver is working as a stunt driver and mechanic at day, and as a wheelman for heists at night.

His rules are simple:

„If I drive for you, you give me a time and a place. I give you a five-minute window, anything happens in that five minutes and I’m yours no matter what. I don’t sit in while you’re running it down; I don’t carry a gun… I drive.“

That`s how the movie opens, and right away we get a first glimpse at his work as a heist driver.

He attaches his wrist-watch to the steering wheel, five minutes  the two robbers have, to get in and out. Meanwhile, the driver listens to the police chatter on his  radio, switching to sports inbetween.The robbers come back, just in time, and the escape is filmed so cool and intense, it`s like you`re sitting in the car with them. With  the help of police radio, he tries to evade the cops. This scene alone was enough, to be convinced i`m seeing greatness reveil itself to me. It felt like MIAMI VICE meets THE DRIVER .

There is so much here, that i`d like to describe, every single frame seems to be filmed with so much attention to detail. Maybe that`s not the case, but it all feels very well thought through. After the successful escape, he drives home, the streets of L.A. rushing by. That alone , with music that easily could have played in MIAMI VICE, made me shiver with joy. Awesome retro 80`s stuff, which is planted throughout the film at just the right moments, and lyrics that fit the situations very well. Tailor-made, so to speak.

His boss at the garage, who also prepares the cars for the stunts he is performing for certain movie productions, wants to get into race-car driving, with the driver on the wheel. But he needs money, which he intends to lend from a mobster. You feel the trouble coming already, something must go wrong here, right? But the real trouble comes, when the driver gets involved with his beautiful neighbour, who has a little kid and a husband in jail. I´m so exited about this movie, that i`d love to talk about every detail, but that would spoil it for you just now.I`ll just say „ SEE THIS DAMN FINE MOVIE!“ It already won best director in Cannes this year, and i`ll be damned, if this doesn`t get some kind of OSCAR. Even if i don`t believe in the Oscar stuff too much, but it would deserve the attention that comes with it.Maybe the violence in the movie could keep it from being crowned, we will see.Ryan Gosling is perfect in his role. He is no beef monkey like Vin Diesel, he is a guy who can drive and knows what he wants. And he will do what is neccessary, to protect himself and the ones he loves. The whole film is a hypnotic adventure, sometimes hopeful, even beautiful But the overall menace never goes away, you just feel that this isn`t going to have a happy end.

But  most of the time the suspense keeps you on the edge of your seat, while you sit there and just think“what the fuck“`s so awesome, all the way. And i wanna emphasise , this movie was made on a 13 million$ budget only. So, in my mind, there are no excuses for other movies  at this budget to suck, because Refn shows what you can do with it, when you have the skills. So, im sorry for anything i might have left out, i could write a hundred pages about this….just make sure you watch this!

And to anyone, who thinks that this movie is aren`t even human to me.

Most people are dumb anyway, so i`m proud i`m not with them.


One response

  1. Dude, you sold me. I can’t even remember the last time I went to the theater, but this will definitely be one I will try harder at. 🙂
    Great review man!

    September 27, 2011 at 6:58 PM

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