Drive stars Ryan Gosling as “Driver”, a stuntman by day/wheelman by night, overall badass.  Despite being the best at what he does, Gosling is brought down by the thing that brings all great men down–a woman, specifically Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her adorable son.  Irene’s old man in the slammer so Driver makes his move, unfortunately just as he is getting attached Irene’s husband gets paroled.  But things are not well as Irene’s dear hubby is in deep to the Russian mob for some protection he had on the inside.  They have beat him up and let him know that his wife and son are their next targets.  Driver ain’t having this so he offers to help hubby get the money by robbing a pawn shop.  Things go south fast, hubby gets killed, Driver gets away but realizes he has been set up by Blanche (Christina Hendricks) and her Russian mob boss.  Things start going downhill from here as Driver attempts to set straight what has went wrong, but unfortunately for him the mob bosses in his town are not trusting and decide to just take him out.  In order to save Irene and he son Driver goes on a killing rampage, the likes of which has not been seen since Kill Bill, to keep them safe.

Sunshine’s Thoughts:  Fair warning for all of you not clear on what this movie is about, do not let the fact that the title is in pink and stars Ryan Gosling fool you into thinking you are seeing a love story!  This movie has some of the most vicious violence I have seen in a while and I loved it!  Ryan Gosling playing crazy is officially better than Jake Gyllenhal in Source Code!  I also really liked that the director felt no need to have Gosling speak for a very long period of time, we basically just got to see him making adorable thinking faces, it may frustrate some but I thought it worked for his character.  The overall story line of the movie was not that great, but all can be forgiven for some beautifully shot murder fight scenes, some sweet driving, and a very kick ass scorpion jacket.  I give this movie 4 out of 5 kicks to the teeth.  Definitely check it out in a theater.

Elizabeth’s Thoughts:

This movie is what it is (ha,ha) or shall I say these two movies are what they are!  The first half is the build up of a romance.  The second half is a murder spree.  I love Ryan Gosling and he shows his range in this one.  His range for crazy.  I think his kind of crazy is interesting because he has such an angelic face.  Don’t try to figure out the purpose of this film.  If you are not offended by blood, guts and brains then you will want to see this.  I hope to see a lot of Drive costumes this Halloween.  You know: Scorpion fitted jacket, fitted jeans, creepy costume mask, driving gloves.  I give it.4 out of 5.

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About Sunshine

I am the co-creator of S and E Pop Culture. I currently live and work in Knoxville, TN. I love all things TV and Movies and love to discuss them with anyone who wants to talk! Check out the blog sepopculture.wordpress.com and let me know what you think.

2 responses »

  1. CMrok93 says:

    I feel a little bit guilty saying that Drive needed more driving. When the action comes it is tense and artfully done without shying away from the extreme violence, but that all starts to go away as soon as the characters start talking, or sighing and looking at each other. Nice review.

    • Sunshine says:

      I personally could always do with less romance in my bloody action movies, so I can agree that we could have cut out some of the heartfelt looks and just kept driving!

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