Drive Review by Ammar Akhtar

Drive stars Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman, and Oscar Isaac. It's directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. IMDb synopsis: A mysterious Hollywood stuntman, mechanic and getaway driver lands himself in trouble when he helps his neighbor.

The first time I heard about this movie, I thought it was some action-filled movie with no story at all, similar to The Fast and the Furious franchise. When I started getting into movies, I had heard that this was a different type of art film. I watched it, and I can tell you that it is definitely a different art film.

First of all, this film looks really nice. The shots were very well done. One of my favorite ones in the film was a low angle shot of the driver talking. What makes the film look even more nice is the lighting. Throughout the film, we see different arrays of colors. The lighting was at it's finest during an elevator scene (I'll let you find that!). 

Ryan Gosling does an outstanding job. What really made his character special is that he barely talks in the film. In the whole thing, he probably says 900 words. He's usually seen glaring looks at everyone. We also never find out what his character's name is at all. He's credited as The Driver. I thought this was interesting take. It shows that we don't really need a name in order to connect to a character.

Probably the best part of the movie is the artistic symbols and metaphors. Some shots may seem very long to some, but to others it may seem like it's perfect. I felt that shots were at perfect length. They really showed the true emotions. Even some of the scenes may seem ridiculous, but they're really intelligent. It develops this "Driver" character. One example is towards the end. I won't spoil too much, but he's wearing a mask.

Overall, I loved this film. I had many different thoughts when watching it, and thinking why certain scenes were here. I like it a lot when films make me wonder and question myself. It also had some strong performances by the supporting characters, but the one that stood out was Gosling. He did a stellar job performing as a character who is really mysterious. 

MY SCORE: 9/10

 

So what did you think of Drive? Did you think it was an artistic masterpiece, or did you think it was a lousy waste of your time? Lemme know. Also, got any requests? Email me all your responses at:

ammarakhtar@devotiontocinema

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