The classic heist film is back as Ryan Gosling dawns the leather jacket and takes viewers for a spin
*Warning this review contains spoilers*
Drive was one of those films that I was not particularity excited for. I first saw the trailer during an episode of Breaking Bad and thought it simply looked like an edgier The Fast and the Furious. I could not have been further from the truth, as Drive turns out to be a surprisingly great film, and one of my favourites of the year.
Ryan Gosling stars as Driver, a stunt driver by day, wheelman (someone who drives during a heist) by night. What makes Driver interesting though is his motto: “If I drive for you, you give me a time and a place; I give you a five minute window. Anything happens in that five minutes, then I’m yours, no matter what. I don’t sit in while you’re running it down. I don’t carry a gun. I drive.” Every heist he ties a watch to the wheel of his car and waits for the minutes to tick down. If the person makes it he does everything he can to get them out without being caught. If not, than they are on their own. However, his motto comes to be tested as Driver’s life gets taken for a spin (see what I did there) after a heist goes terribly wrong, and so he must do everything he can to survive, avenge those lost, and protect those that he loves; including his neighbour, Irene, played wonderfully by the cute and quiet Carey Mulligan.