Friday, September 7, 2012
So I missed the boat on this movie. Drive came out last year featuring Ryan Gosling, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, and Ron Perlman. When it came out, people went crazy over it and commented on how great of a movie it was. Incredibly violent but in a very indie, quiet way. While this was not the film that really launched Ryan Gosling's career (girls still oogle over him from The Notebook), but it was his first movie that solidified him as a interesting action hero that could act, kick butt, and look good.
As I said, I somehow missed this movie and while it has been on my list of movies to see, I just now got around to it. It was not my favorite. I think the hype definitely does not match the film. The story revolves around a driver (Ryan Gosling- nameless) who is paid to be the getaway driver for thieves, robbers, and all around bad guys. He befriends a woman next door whose husband gets sucked in for "one last job". Ryan's character decides to help by being his getaway driver but through a web of deceit and double crossing gets caught up in a pretty sticky situation with some of the highest elite criminals.
The story was very unique but the film just seemed a little too independent. There were times that the movie was so slow and I just lost interest. I also did not find any of the actors all that likeable. Even Ryan's character seemed very distant and one dimensional. I did not feel involved in any of the character's development or problems.
Not a bad movie, but I had just been told to expect so much more. Maybe this rare, bad review of the movie will allow others to enjoy it more than I did. I give the movie 2.5 stars out of 5. So many people talked about this movie which is why I watched it, but I definitely could have saved my time and watched something better.