Drive (2011) Short Review

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Writers: Hossein Amini (based on James Sallis book)

Drive is a directorial masterpiece. The atmosphere Widing Refn creates is pretty much unprecedented, which he accomplishes mostly because of the cinematography, acting method and editing rhythm, proving a mastery of the director’s craft. Although Refn seems to insist on showing off naked women without a real narrative reason, the pace is just right – never too slow, even if there’s pause, never too fast, even if there’s action.

mv5bmtq1mtc4ndk1mf5bml5banbnxkftztcwotg2ntc2ng-_v1_sy1000_cr006641000_al_1The cast is overall satisfying, although it’s worthy to point out the lack of emotion and iconicity from the “bad guys”: they came across forgettable in the film’s universe. Gosling is utterly genius in his cold-thinker but warm-hearted Driver character, whom delivers the most sincere onscreen feelings without saying much.

As for technical aspects, sound and music are on point, bringing a dry retro aesthetic to the film’s totality, except for one song in particular which made me mute the scene for a while. Drive‘s cinematography is crucial: what we see is the Driver’s own solitary world, and what is meant to look like the ordinary life space is elevated by Newton Thomas Sigel‘s delicate and high-contrast eye. Altogether, a true experience that won’t leave my mind.

A shot: the elevator

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A song: Nightcall by Kavinsky

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