Nicolas Winding Refn, USA, 2011, 100 min.

Drive is an enigma of a film. The story is straight action/thriller. Nicolas Winding Refn’s direction is art-house European/Hollywood. The character’s are one-note with a purpose. The music is offbeat but strangely fitting. It is many genres and none at the same time.

But the film works. Largely due to the way Ryan Gosling plays the driver. A quiet character, he clearly knows what his immediate needs are and acts on them. It’s quite interesting to watch him move and express himself within the context of the story.

The film is well-paced and the action and characters are well-executed. It’s hard to tell what the theme is, but the film is obviously very traditionally masculine. I believe that was an important feeling they were trying to get across. They definitely did, and the results are efficient, entertaining and thought provoking.

This film wins the award “Most Masculine Film” for being a story about a man who drives cars a lot and protects a family by committing physical violence.

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