20 September 2011
2011, 100mins, 18
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Writer: Hossein Amini
Cast includes: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Ron Perlman, Albert Brooks, Christina Hendricks, Oscar Isaac
UK Release Date: 23rd September 2011
“Drive” premiered several months ago at the Cannes film festival, and has been picking up steam ever since. Director Nicolas Winding Refn (“Valhalla Rising”) was awarded the coveted “best director” gong at the event, whilst the film itself just narrowly missed out on the Palme d’Or. After viewing “Drive” it becomes easy to understand why the picture made such a fierce impression. A delicate merging of arty silence and Hollywood noir, “Drive” is a subtle and supremely tense endeavour. Beautifully filmed by Winding Refn (who thoroughly deserved his big moment at Cannes), the movie is a pleasure to behold, thanks in no small part to a restrained yet incredible central turn from Ryan Gosling.
A Review by Daniel Kelly, 2011