Director Nicolas Winding Refn has little interest in repeating himself on the big screen. He first made a splash with his gritty and violent Pusher trilogy before surprising audiences and critics alike with the creative and charismatic Bronson. His last film, Valhalla Rising, saw him move into a more contemplative and zen-like mood focused on visuals and atmosphere instead of plot. Which brings us to his latest film… which also appears to be his most accessible.
Drive is about a movie stunt driver (Ryan Gosling) who moonlights as a getaway driver whenever the mood strikes him, but when he gets involved with a woman (Carrie Mulligan) and her son his precise and controlled life takes a deadly turn. He’s forced outside of his comfort zone and has to put his skills to the test to save not only himself but the hottie and the kid as well. The film also boasts a pretty stellar supporting cast list including Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, and Christina Hendricks.
Check out the fantastically thrilling and beautifully scored trailer courtesy of IGN below.
I was already looking forward to seeing this one, but the trailer has quickly moved it much closer to the top of my list. Gosling is a hit and miss actor in my eyes, but when he’s on he’s usually quite solid. His role here is an iconic type of one from films like Ryan O’Neal’s The Driver to Jason Statham’s The Transporter… men whose sole interest and contribution to a possible crime is from the seat behind the wheel. At least until the routine job goes sour and they’re forced expand their resume. It’s an exciting sub-genre, and I’m curious to see what a visual yet meditative director like Refn will do with it.
And Brooks playing a heavy? Doesn’t get much better than that.
Drive opens September 30th.