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Drive (2011) Review: Retro-Cool Hard-Edged Crime Story

Movie Review: Drive (2011)

Drive is a well-directed film with excellent cinematography, acting, and editing.

The movie is filled with drawn-out scenes accompanied by a cool 80′s synthpop soundtrack mixed with striking imagery of violence that keeps the tension all the way through.

Drive relies on subtext and its character’s actions to convey its message, which makes it an engrossing film despite the sparse dialogue.

Ryan Gosling excels as the self-contained driver. He is charming, but can also muster some quiet intensity that adds mystery to the character.  The rest of the cast was good too, with Carey Mulligan as the love interest.

The whole movie is slick with a retro feel, but it’s too somber for a crime action film. There isn’t much to the story too.

Despite its title, there are few driving scenes, and most of the action is derived from gory shots that come out of nowhere. The film is mostly made to accommodate the mood it’s going for.

In spite of this, Drive perfectly pulls off what it sets out to be – an art-house action film.

8

Drive is an arthouse action film with slick retro aesthetics and great performances.

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