Plot: Driver, a man who remains unidentified, is a getaway driver for criminals. He takes an interest in his neighbour and her young son and forms a relationship with them. When her husband gets out of prison, he enlists the help of Driver in a heist that goes dreadfully wrong. Driver will do anything to protect Irene and her son. The film is based on the 2005 novel of the same name by James Sallis.
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Christina Hendricks, Bryan Cranston and Oscar Isaac.
This is the sort of film that everyone has heard of or seen. Everything about this film is cool, including the main actor. It’s a real unique experience that you get from watching this film, it’s got such an interesting feel to it. I love the way it was set and the soundtrack is amazing. It’s just a beautiful film and I wouldn’t want to fault it. You watch films and think “that was good a good film” but you watch this and you think “that was a good piece of art” and that’s what makes it special. Films that are made on a smaller scale and a smaller budget are always the most special because they’re still good and they don’t need all the big stuff that blockbusters have. This film was also shown at film festivals, I always like it when they do that with films because I feel it’s a different audience. It’s people that are actually interested in film and don’t just watch them because they’re bored and it’s entertainment. I literally think this is a film everyone should have seen, so if you haven’t watched it, stop what you’re doing and watch it now!!
The violence isn’t too graphic in my opinion, it will make you shocked initially and then think okay, that was necessary. The cinematography is by far the best part in this film and that’s why I call this art because it’s just stunning to watch. Gosling and Mulligan are the perfect match, the chemistry is real. It’s a very stylistic film.
Rating: 8/10 for what’s on the surface.
Tomorrow I will review The Killer Inside Me 🙂