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-Bianca- 08-28-2011 02:43 PM

Drive #2: Because Some Heroes Are Real.

Driver is a stunt driver by day and a getaway driver by night. Doesn’t matter what job he does, Driver is most comfortable behind the wheel of a car. Shannon is part mentor, part manager for Driver. Since he knows what a great talent Driver is behind the wheel, he either peddles him to film and television directors in the entertainment business or thieves who need an accomplished getaway driver, taking a cut for his own pockets.

Always looking to make a buck, Shannon’s current plan is funding a stock car that Driver can race on the professional circuit. Since Bernie Rose is the wealthiest guy he knows, even if the sources of his money are questionable, Shannon proposes he be their investor. After seeing Driver in action at the speedway, Bernie Rose insists Nino partners with them as well. Primarily a loner and ambivalent about the deals Shannon makes for him, Driver’s world changes the day he shares an elevator ride at his apartment building with Irene.

When he sees her again at the grocery store with her young son, Benicio, he is transfixed, and willingly offers help when they are stranded in the parking lot because Irene’s car won’t start. Soon Driver settles into a routine of driving Irene to her waitress job and watching Benicio, entangled in their lives while her car is fixed. This interlude in Driver’s life abruptly stops when Standard, Irene’s husband, is let out early from prison for good behavior. Even though nothing has happened between Driver and Irene, Standard is threatened by another man’s presence in his family’s life. Driver backs off, respectful of Irene’s desire to keep her family together, but when he finds Standard bloodied and lying in the garage with a scared Benicio standing next to his father, Driver is embroiled even further in Irene’s life.

Then trouble begins...

Ryan Gosling ... Driver
Carey Mulligan ... Irene
Ron Perlman ... Nino
Christina Hendricks ... Blanche
Bryan Cranston ... Shannon
Albert Brooks ... Bernie Rose
Oscar Isac ... Standard Guzman
Christian Cage ... Christian
Kaden Leos ... Benicio

What They're Saying...

"... Part love story, part black comedy, and part crime thriller, 'Drive' is a film-lover's dream." - Cole Smithey

"... Precisely paced, but with plenty of fantastic action set-pieces, Drive is too much fun. Seriously, it’s COOL." - Simon Miraudo.

"... Gosling is marvelous to watch on screen. He's charming, tough, and smart." - Chase Whale

"... A film you will want to watch over and over again." - Brad Brevet

"... Ryan Gosling's Drive is outrageous, brutal, tender and kind of brilliant." - Digital Spy Movies

"... Gosling does a Steve McQueen cooler-than-cool star turn." - Pete Hammond

"... An exploitation/modern Western mix with brilliantly over-the-top sequences and gleeful abandon in its spirit. Long may Winding Refn rule." - Simon Gallagher

"... One of the few films I could potentially call flawless." - Alex Billington

"... In a bravura performance, Gosling reveals himself as an über-cool action hero reminiscent of the Steve McQueen or the young Clint Eastwood." - Brian D. Johnson

"... Drive is a brutal, tender and outrageous genre mash-up." - Simon Reynolds

"... [Drive] manages to hit that cinematic sweet spot of critic-approved artfulness and multiplex-approved genre exhilaration." - Aaron Hillis

"... Gosling and Mulligan in particular look like they were born to be in a two shot together." - Glenn Heath Jr

"... Drive is such a thrilling, taut, visually dazzling exercise in genre filmmaking that even its more gruesome scenes left us giddy." - Melissa Anderson

"... Between the gripping performances, the stunning lighting, the perfect soundtrack and the taut script, the sound is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the brilliance that is director Nicolas Winding Refn’s newest film." - Cinema Blend

"... Tense, bloody and absolutely astounding." - John C Clark

"... Drive both is and isn’t something familiar, weaving brutally realistic violence in with lyrical beauty, switching back and forth with rapid unexpectedness." - Jandy Stone

"... A thrilling modern neo-noir at its best, it is dangerous, taut and tantalizing. DRIVE fires on all cylinders and is quite the adrenaline rush." - Courtney Howard


Red Band Trailer
NSFW International Trailer
Soundtrack Preview

heaven85 08-28-2011 10:58 PM

Thanks B.

Love the opening post :)

-Bianca- 08-29-2011 12:25 PM

NP. :)

TV Spot:

Soundtrack preview:


Drive signals the return of films in the vein of Steve McQueen's bad-ass car pictures. It's a film that has its finger on the pulse of what's current and in style, and one that has solidified its place as the coolest film of the year.


Refn seems to take delight in defying the audience's pre-conceived notions of what to expect from a genre film of this type. His leading action-man is quiet, introspective and bordering on awkward, but it's this level of restraint in Hossein Amini's script, and in Gosling's performance, that make the film's sudden outbursts of extreme violence all the more powerful. The outcome of one particular scrape in an elevator will likely leave your mouth agape. Let's just say that Driver's probably going to need a new pair of shoes.

Despite the film's title, car chases are fairly sparse. When they do occur, however, it's because the film has arrived to them organically, something that mainstream Hollywood action movies have forgotten over the last few decades. Most modern action films insert a chase or action scene as if they're just trying fill in time or meet some kind of action quota. Classic films known for their car chases, like The French Connection and Bullitt, understood that the action would be much more satisfying if it only occurred because the characters were pushed to their breaking points by the story. Drive understands this perfectly.

Gosling and Mulligan have an incredible chemistry, which is impressive when you consider how little they actually speak to each other. There is a sweetness to their burgeoning relationship that is subtle and realistic. Each actor manages to say more with a glance or an awkward smile than most do with pages worth of dialogue to work with. Albert Brooks on the other hand, has one of the more talkative characters in the film, and achieves a level of intimidating menace that hasn't really been seen from him before. Ron Perlman is reliable as ever, and has a lot of fun with his foul-mouthed gangster-role, and Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston effortlessly applies a lot of heart to his supporting role as Driver's boss and loyal friend, Shannon.


One thing's certain, the combination of car-thrills, an excellent synth-pop soundtrack, great performances and the juxtaposition of beauty and shocking violence, ensure that Drive will become an instant cult-classic. Just be prepared for cool stuntman jackets and creepy blank-faced masks to become a new staple amongst your film-geek friends at your next costume party.


Drive Review - Movies Review at IGN

Recommended: Drive: Wham, bam, thank you, man! Ryan Gosling rocks like a young Steve McQueen or Robert De Niro, playing a Hollywood stunt driver who moonlights as a wheelman for criminals. The film rolls like a hybrid of Bullitt and Taxi Driver, with Gosling stepping up his game and demonstrating his chops as an action hero in the speak-softly-and-carry-a-big-stick vein. The casting is great overall, but another brilliant stroke is the choice of funnyman Albert Brooks as a brutal L.A. dealmaker.

TIFF reviews: 25 films and counting - Movies, TIFF -
Han Solo As The Driver In Star Wars/Drive Mash-up. :lol:

heaven85 08-29-2011 09:11 PM

:lol: Love the reviews and the videos.

winterbird 08-30-2011 11:14 AM

Just added lots of new HQ "Drive" stills @ A lot of new stills from scenes that weren't included in the trailer :)

Production Stills - Picture Gallery | Ryan Gosling Fan |

-Bianca- 08-30-2011 11:31 AM

Thanks for those!

I like how this looks to be shot, from all stills we've seen.

‘Drive’ Director Nicolas Winding Refn Talks Film Violence, Ryan Gosling, & ‘Logan’s Run’ | Screen Rant

heaven85 08-30-2011 11:00 PM

Thanks for the updates :)

-Bianca- 08-31-2011 03:05 AM

New character banners.

If you're in Washington DC, you can win screen passes. Ditto St Louis.

Moviefone is doing an Ask Ryan & Refn thing, if you want to put in a question.

Cinema-Scope interview with Refn.

Interactive Drive map.



VERDICT: Ultra-violent, ultra-stylish, petrol-headed entertainment with enough arthouse flair to keep it interesting. Go watch it. But don't expect Fast & Furious 6. And don't take the kids.

Film review: Drive - BBC Top Gear

heaven85 08-31-2011 10:00 PM

OOh Thanks. I do like having all the character banners.

heaven85 09-01-2011 09:39 PM


They say new spots.

-Bianca- 09-02-2011 10:42 AM

The first one and the picture was... I don't think the second one was though. Thanks!

Another clip -- this one with the elevator kiss from the trailer.




There is a dreamy, haunting quality that weaves its way through Drive that is unlike other heist movies. It is a sense of beauty that carefully tucks in the violence and horror that is lurking just around the corner. It is an original love story that feels doomed from the very beginning. From out of the quiet, the darkness escapes leaving its audience white-knuckled and stunned.

Drive is Nicolas Winding Refn’s masterpiece. While some of it may feel familiar, especially looking at THIEF (1981) starring James Caan and THE DRIVER (1978) starring Ryan O’Neal, the director gives it his very own compelling persona. Refn brings the city of Los Angeles to life, with one of the most spectacularly shot features this year. Whether it is the imagery of massive buildings with a reflection of a series of street lights or the harrowing racing sequences, Refn and cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel paint a magnificent portrait of LA, in essence the city becomes a character in itself. The chase sequences are especially thrilling considering “Driver’s” composed intensity as he sits behind the wheel.

What really makes Drive stand out is the marriage of violence and character and music. The soundtrack features a variation of dreamy pop tunes that – much like the movie itself – are drowned in innocence and techno pop. It is a strange and exotic marriage of music that feels reminiscent of something David Lynch would offer. The surprisingly upbeat “A Real Hero” by College somehow feels perfect in this turbulent world. The hypnotic score by Cliff Martinez also gives Drive a bit of an edge. It is rare that the soundtrack and score feel as vivid as it does here. This is true beauty when it comes to the music.


What would be criminal when reviewing Drive is to not mention the amazing supporting cast. Ryan Gosling is absolutely brilliant - with his exotic scorpion jacket and his bottled up intensity - but Albert Brooks steals a scene or two with his vicious gangster Bernie Rose. Then of course you have the wonderfully talented Mulligan, the powerful Ron Perlman and the great Bryan Cranston all of whom fill out the cast nicely. Christina Hendricks is slightly wasted in a small role, but she does fine with what she is given. In the end, DRIVE is a smart, aggressively intense thriller with an all star cast and one of the best directors working in film today. This is one of the true MUST-SEE flicks of the year, absolutely incredible.

Review: Drive - Movie News |
Screen Rant gives it 4.5 out of 5, I can't C/P any of their review of it.

Interview with Bryan Cranston.

heaven85 09-02-2011 10:10 PM

Awesome. Thanks B.

-Bianca- 09-03-2011 02:12 PM

YW. :)

LA Times article on Albert Brooks playing against type in Drive.

heaven85 09-03-2011 10:13 PM


That is nice.

‘ChelsღChina 09-04-2011 04:35 AM

It's September! That much closer to the opening :wiggle:

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