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Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Drive


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I was underwhelmed by this film. Possibly my expectations had been built up too much by other people's reviews but I didn't much care for any of the characters, the story didn't grip me as much as I wanted or had hoped, the "bad guys" were cheesy. I thought it could have been a film Jason Statham played the lead character in. At times it felt like it could have been a long advert for a watch or male deodorant with the way Gosling and Mulligan were looking at each other and not saying anything. It seemed like it wanted to be Leon or Taxi Driver with a lead character who wasn't particularly interesting or deep (or at least we weren't shown much of his personality).

However, I think it looks beautiful, the soundtrack is ace and Ryan Gosling is great as always (see Half Nelson if you haven't already).

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Finally got round to watching the bluray of this last night.

It is a stunning film. Just incredible and has one of my all time fav bits of music all the way through (Brian Eno – An Ending). It’s beautiful, traumatic and so tense (in an amazing way) it did me in, chewed my fingers off nearly. Carey Mulligan was excellent and performance of his life for Ryan Gosling.

Best thing I’ve seen in years, wow...

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Wow, blown away by this. Truly stunning. I was getting a sort of Heat mixed with Risky business styling vibe from it.

Got the soundtrack on now!

I think essentially though he was a fantasist that got dragged into the plot of one of his movies through extraordinary coincidence and circumstances. Essentially though in the end all he wanted to do was protect the woman and her boy. I thought the scene with him and the boy watching TV was very touching, and also touched upon the dubiety of his character with reference to the shark in the programme.

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Really loved this film, amazed the thread is only up to 6 pages. One of those films you can just submerse yourself in.

One thing though... There isn't that much driving in it...

Luckily the film is actually called 'Drive' then eh?

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I did not like this film when I first watched it, yet I still can't forget it, and this annoys me.

God damn it, they always say the best art is that which refuses to be forgotten, and I can't forget this movie.

When I first watched it, I saw style over substance and lot of passive-aggression in the content of the film... Yet I want to watch it again. I have never been this divided on a movie! I guess it's a good film therefore.

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I was like that with The Thin Red Line, when the credits rolled i was like thank fuck for that. Then i found myself thinking about it for days after. Watched it a 2nd time and totally loved it.

Loved Drive from the get-go though, helps if you have a deep love for the 80s I reckon.

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This plays during the scene where driver approaches the club in the mask, and it just happens to be one of the most beautiful and uplifting pieces of music i've ever heard. I listen to it on my earphones and it makes me well up.

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