Something special about Ryan Gosling caught my attention when I first discovered him in “Murder by Numbers”. Opposing Sandra Bullock, I was greatly incorrect for underestimating this quite recent actot. Right after “Fracture”, Gosling had our total focus. Not just did he refuse to be surpassed by the renowned Anthony Hopkins, Gosling justified his movie star power as an rising actor with some significant screen charisma. With “Drive”, Gosling smashes it out of the park. Want to know the best part? He doesn’t actually say very much in the film but gets it accomplished by pure screen presence.
Modified from a brief story of the identical name, Gosling takes on a mysterious Hollywood stunt car driver and mechanic, who also moonlights as a escape car driver. As the getaway driver, his rules tend to be basic: criminals must complete the task inside a five minute window without contacting him for another heist. Soon after assisting his neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), and her young son, with car problems, Gosling begins to spend time with them. Just when he begins to develop some affection for Irene, her husband Standard (Oscar Isaac), is released from prison. From here on, things turn ugly and bloody for everybody. Standard owes mobsters cash for for safety throughtout his time in jail. Gosling helps Standard in what should be a fairly easy “in-out” heist, however the job is really a setup and our leading man winds up operating the gauntlet with mobsters Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks) and Nino (Ron Perlman).