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"Drive" has a brilliant heart pounding opening sequence that just worked beautifully. Also, the neon pink lettering flashing on screen gave me a total Rockstar "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City" vibe from that amazing video game chalked full of 80's tunes and carjackings from years past.

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However, in "Drive" .. the car in the opening is a late-model silver Chevy Impala supposedly a popular, but functional ride you might rent at the airport on a business trip. The Driver is Ryan Gosling — his character has no known proper name, and is variously referred to during the film as “the driver,” “the kid” and “him” — and to watch him steer through Los Angeles at night is to watch poetry in motion. The Driver is behind the wheel of a getaway car after an uninteresting, irrelevant and almost botched robbery, the driver glides past obstacles and shakes off pursuers, slowing down as often as he accelerates and maintaining a steady pulse rate even as the soundtrack winds up the tension to heart attack levels.

So the opening scenes were the set-up and I was drawn in.. but I've got to admit from there "Drive" turned into a completely different movie than I expected. The cast was quite diverse and interesting with Carey Mulligan, Ron Pearlman, Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, and Oscar Isaac.

The pace continued to shift between slow to heart pounding all set to an amazing elecro/synth pop soundtrack that in retrospect actually gave the movie even more of an 80's feel and style. Even the driver's clothing and most of the cars kept the 80's feel.. however, the movie was definitely not intended to be in the 80's due to the technology that is shown throughout.

Interested to see what others thought about it?

[ 19. February 2012, 06:59: Message edited by: Valley ]

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I really love "Drive," though I know that a large number of my movie-buff friends don't like it at all. If you come into it with the thought that it is going to be a fun 80s-like action picture, you will be disappointed. It's an art film that has some 80s elements, but owes a greater debt to Walter Hill's "The Driver" (1978). It's slow, atmospheric, moody, and violent. Director Nicholas Winding Refn is a real talent. One of the best films of 2011.
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Good points Crash .. I definitely don't want to mislead folks into thinking "Drive" is an 80's style film. It just has elements that you could associate with the 80's.
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