http://parismorningsnewyorknights.blogspot.com/2015/12/an-ode-to-san-francisco.html Wild Young Minds: Drive

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Drive

''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 and 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''.

Perfect beginning of a movie, this quote. Just as great as the movie was. It captivated me the entire time. The amazing balance between quite moments when Driver (Ryan Gosling) and Irene (Carey Mulligan) meet and the extreme thrilling moments when Driver is in his car escaping. Having said that, an amazing balance between the uniqueness of an arthouse film and the thrill of a commercial one.

What is it about? Driver, who's name is not mentioned in the movie, works as a car mechanic and stunt driver and has a life at night as well. And no, he's not a stripper ;), but he moonlights as a getaway driver. This means he's the chauffeur for robbers. He gives them five minutes to rob a place, no more, and doesn't work twice with the same man. As a very talented driver he never gets caught by the police and does his work excellent.

In his low-rent apartment building lives a young mum with a little kid. Driver bumps into her several times and they start hanging out. He learns that she has a husband in prison, who will be released in little time. The husband, Standard, is actually still in trouble. Some guys who protected him in prison, demand that Standard has to pay them a lot of money as a debt.

Driver offers to help him, to protect Irene and her kid. When Standard is robbing the building and Driver is waiting, things get out of hand. Before he knows it, Driver is involved in a big crime circuit and can't get out.

I have to say, before you see this movie, you have to be sure you can handle it ;) There will be blood, there will be murders and there will be extremely sensational car chases. But, I can tell you without doubt, this movie is worth all of it. I kind of like the tension. And for once the story takes place in NY (even though I love love love NY, as you all know) but in LA. And I have to say, LA is perfect for this movie. It has huge highways, a active night life and yes, a lot of crime.

Some other plus points: the handsome and incomprehensible (which makes him really sexy) Ryan Gosling, the tiny part of Christina Hendicks (Mad Men) and the sound track. The only thing I found regretful, was the fact that Carey Mulligan seems to play the same part over and over again. A lonely and sensitive girl, like in 'An education' (great great movie!) and 'Never let me go'. But still, 'Drive' is sensational.

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