Back in the late 90′s early 2000′s there was a game for the Playstation One called Driver. Back then graphics weren’t as good as they are today so the characters weren’t any where as detailed. If we could put a face to that old Driver it would definitely be Ryan Gosling. Drive a movie about a guy who falls for a girl that is taken and does whatever he has to do to save her from evil gangsters trying to kill his felon husband, is about as close as you can get to that old video game. Drive is a very sick movie that gives you a violent moment or two that lifts you up from your seat in disgust, but ultimately satisfies as sheer men entertainment.
From the beginning you are treated to a chase scene that sort of puts you in the mood that the rest of the movie offers. The main character, played by Ryan Gosling, is a quite low voice guy that works in a car shop with hopes of one day becoming a professional driver. The movie relies on many cheesy clichés from other stories but somehow makes it work in a serious way. The villains are two B-Movie type gangsters that fall in to every old chestnut stereotype available. Whenever I thought I was getting disgusted by this kind of characters something happened that kept me hooked. Ryan Gosling does a tremendous job in lifting this movie from the dark shadows of B-Movie boredom.
What this movie lacks in originality it delivers with tense moments and darkness. This is the kind of flick that hooks you for all the wrong reasons: blood and violence. In the end, entertainment wise, it supplies in large amounts. I would recommend this movie to any man who loves to see a dark, violent and strange movie.