Drive

dir. Nicolas Winding Refn

Drive

dir. Nicolas Winding Refn

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Nicolas Winding Refn won the Best Director prize at Cannes for this sleek, retro-fitted automotive thriller about a taciturn getaway driver (Ryan Gosling) who violates his own self-interested moral code when he falls for a pretty young single mother (Carey Mulligan).

Taking over a project once intended as a Hollywood blockbuster for Hugh Jackman, Winding Refn turned his first American film into a stylish and stylized tour de force that fused genre-film thrills with art-house rigour, and earned him the Cannes prize for Best Director. A stone-faced, monosyllabic Ryan Gosling stars as a nameless stuntman on Hollywood action pictures who moonlights as a getaway driver for hire, spiriting break-and-enterers and other shady characters to safety along L.A.'s twisting freeways. When he becomes emotionally involved with a pretty young single mother (Carey Mulligan) and tries to help out her ex-con husband, the Driver finds himself neck-deep in trouble with a pair of brutal mobsters (Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman) — unable to simply speed off, he has to get his hands very, very bloody indeed. Mixing a winking fetishization of 1980s style and aesthetics — from the pink cursive opening titles to Gosling's silver bomber jacket to the best-selling, retro-fitted soundtrack — with Winding Refn's dependably dab hand with flamboyantly brutal violence, Drive was the director's biggest critical and commercial success to date. "One of the best arty-action films since Steven Soderbergh's The Limey" (Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail).