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"Drive" is brilliant!,
This review is from: Drive (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
"Drive" is brilliant! This is how the story goes: Driver is a Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway vehicles for armed heists by night. Though a loner by nature, Driver can't help falling in love with his beautiful neighbor Irene, a vulnerable young mother dragged into a dangerous underworld by the return of her ex-convict husband Standard. After a heist intended to pay off Standard's protection money spins unpredictably out of control, Driver finds himself driving defense for the girl he loves, tailgated by a syndicate of deadly serious criminals. But when he realizes that the gangsters are after more than the bag of cash in his trunk - that they're coming straight for Irene and her son - Driver is forced to shift gears and go on offense.
The cast led by Ryan Gosling (as Driver) is brilliant. The directing by Nicolas Winding Refn is brilliant. The screenplay (based on James Sallis' novel) by Hossein Amini is brilliant.
The music by Cliff Martinez is brilliant. The cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel is brilliant. The film editing by Mat Newman is brilliant. The casting by Mindy Marin is brilliant. The production design by Beth Mickle is brilliant. The art direction by Christopher Tandon is brilliant. The set decoration by Lisa K. Sessions is brilliant. The costume design by Erin Benach is brilliant.
This is a brilliant, slow-burn of a thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat with your mind thinking and your heart racing. This is also well-made and well-crafted. Ryan Gosling gives a terrific, low-key performance as Driver and Albert Brooks is superb as Bernie Rose. This is also one of the best films of last year.