Drive

Wednesday, December 07 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

Drive

JOY REVIEW

Drive is a new movie by Nicholas Winding Refn who’s the hot director from Denmark who did Valhalla Rising among other things. This stars Ryan Gosling as the guy who will drive anyplace, anytime, but he doesn’t speak much. This reminds me a whole lot of The Transporter, which was a Jason Statham movie, and I wouldn’t say that they actually copied from it, but it does seem to me surprisingly similar. Ryan is cute in this. He is also a Hollywood stuntman with a mysterious past and works in a garage.  He develops a crush on his neighbor, Carey Mulligan, whose husband is in prison, and when the husband gets out of prison, it turns out that Ryan decides to help the family out by being the driver for a hold-up of a pawn shop. We also have Ron Perlman, Brian Cranston also, and Albert Brooks who is kind of fun. I don’t want to tell you too much about the plot because part of the fun here is sort of the twists and turns, some of which you can see from a mile away and some which may surprise you. The major thing here is that the movie is so incredibly violent that it literally is somewhat stomach churning. Having said that, it’ll probably make some money. It does seem to me a major amount of derivative from the Jason Statham film, but I would give it two and a half stars.

JOY METER1/2