“If I drive for you, you get your money. You tell me where we start, where we’re going, where we’re going afterwards. I give you five minutes when we get there. Anything happens in that five minutes and I’m yours. No matter what. Anything a minute on either side of that and you’re on your own. I don’t sit in while you’re running it down. I don’t carry a gun. I drive.”
Ryan Gosling plays such a mysterious, quiet character in Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 film, “Drive,” that he’s never even given a name — he’s simply credited as Driver. The film has shades of noir and of 80s crime films, creating a dreamy neon quality interrupted by horribly violent outbursts that wake you up. It’s a fascinating film that critics really took notice of when it was released. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we talk about it in this week’s episode of Movies We Like, wrapping up our Great Car Chase series.
We talk about the car chases in this film and what they bring to the story. We chat about Gosling as well as all of the other great actors, particularly Albert Brooks who’s darker than we’ve ever seen him before. We chat about the camera used to shoot the film and what that brings to the table. And we mull over the violence as it’s depicted in the film, and question what Refn could be saying by making it so violent. It’s a great finish to a fun series. Listen in!
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