The film Drive is based on the novel of the same name written by James Sallis and was also influenced by the 1978 film "The Driver".
The movie is about an unnamed Hollywood stunt driver (played by Gosling) who transforms by night into a getaway car driver for burglars. This driver develops feelings for his neighbor Irene (played by Cary Mulligan) and builds a bond with her and her son.
When Irene’s ex-convict husband, Standard, (Osscar Issac) returns from prison, he is brutally beaten by figures from his past. The driver, in trying to protect Irene and her son, offers to drive for Standard in a burglary attempt. The heist goes bad when Standard is shot, and from that point forward, the film turns into a bloodbath.
The film is not for the light at heart; it shows people’s heads being shot to pieces and being stomped to the point where the brains are seen shooting out of what was once a head.
The movie does not have much dialogue, but what little it does have is vital to the story. Director Nicolas Winding Refn put together the movie as if it were a Jenga tower, pulling out as much as he could while still keeping the skeletal plot structure. Even with all the graphic violence, this movie is a must see.
Written by Jen Melendez