Originally Posted by d3code
check for example this review below of drive. also someone who said the movie was misleading. i am realy not the only one out there. be warned!
Yep and there are plenty of people who prefer cheap hamburger to filet mignon.
"Drive" is an awesome film on so many levels. Stylistically bold with a hugely effective echoing of early Michael Mann films. The driver is a deeply textured character study ; a brilliantly subtle and controlled performance from Gosling who is never anything short of magnetic in terms of presence. This is a "broken" person. Someone for reasons unknown who is severly emotionally stunted but with enough intelligence to realise it and grasp for something better even without knowing quite how.
His emotional life is the complete antithesis to his "operational" life where he is never anything less than ruthlessly efficient and machine like; not just when he's driving the car look at the diner scene , the infamous elevator scene and the scene where he "questions" his female accomplice when for a moment you become genuinely fearful as to what he may do to her. Ryan's perfomance as this "autistic ninja" is nothing less than oscar worthy in my opinion.
The story is a playful blending of various archetypal myths from cinema , "Shane" as someone else has mentioned along with various heist and ganster plots. Wrapped up with that economy of explanation and visual hand-holding that is pure Michael Mann.
The photography is beautiful and is the first instance of digital cinematography I can say I was genuinely impressed by on its own terms not simply in comparisson to film.
The editing is mesmerising , the story is filled with tension with good interesting performances from all the main actors who avoid being cookie cut characters. When the action does kick off its only ever visceral and believable.
If you don't like "Drive" I can't see how you can possibly appreciate anything about films or film-making. Its a dense multi-level film that also manages to ooze cool from every retro synth chord of its fabric.
Stick with "The Expendables" and let the rest of us get on with watching worthwhile films made with genuine thought and attention by great film-makers.