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Dom D
11-03-2011, 10:59 PM
No thread for Drive yet or am I going blind?

I was pretty impressed by this. Refn's a very cool hand behind the camera. It's a very slow burn, with lots of long takes and carefully constructed camerawork.

The story is a fucking mess. Somehow it manages to get in the way of the action while at the same time being virtually non exsistnet. Which is a good trick if you can do it... But it doesn't really matter as this ones all about the style. Go see it, I'm guessing if you're a member here you'll like it.

Mark Tolch
11-04-2011, 07:23 AM
It looks great. I enjoyed it while I was watching it, but afterwards...had very little to say about it. Refn is awesome, though, except for an annoying last name. :-)

Ian Jane
11-04-2011, 09:03 AM
I really meant to see this in the theater, but nope, didn't happen. I will get it on Blu though, blind buy. Saw the trailer before whatever it was that I watched the other night and it got me thinking about the movie again.

I have nothing else to add. Sorry.

Nolando
11-14-2011, 03:35 PM
Will post my review as I freaking loved this movie.

Ian Jane
11-14-2011, 04:13 PM
Nicely done, Noland.

I still need to see it.

Dom D
11-14-2011, 08:00 PM
second, it’s Refn providing commentary on such film violence, asking such questions as, “If it’s okay to show your hero kicking someone’s head in, with that action occurring just off-camera, why then should it be wrong to swing that camera around and show the audience what he’s actually doing?” He may not be making such a clear point about audience complicity in such human but, rather, more of a statement about the unending depths of man’s nature to violent activity.

Intersting take. I haven't seen any of Refn's other movies so have no idea as to how given he is to social subtext in his movies. Without the context of those films I took the violence just as a stylistic choice: slow burn, slow burn then BANG! red all over the place. It's effective I guess but the grauitiousness of it actually harmed the film I think. It's so over the top that at the screening I was at the audience was laughing. That would usually annoy me but in this case I think that may have been the response Refn was after. I'd love to see how the movie would play if those scenes were shot with a straight face rather than the nod and a wink approach Refn uses.

Nolando
11-15-2011, 07:29 PM
I see more of this similar use of violence in his Valhalla Rising and Pusher films. But, that said, I also laughed and said, "Awesome!" during the screening I was at.

Randy G
11-16-2011, 04:45 AM
Sometimes laughter is because the extremity of the violence is so unexpected but there is a sly humour to much of the film as well. I loved it and will be watching it in the theatre again when it plays the campus theatre in town next weekend.

Ian Jane
11-21-2011, 12:31 PM
Digital Fix (http://homecinema.thedigitalfix.com/content.php?contentid=74565) says this hits DVD/BD in January.

The Silly Swede
11-22-2011, 07:28 AM
I am going to the cinema to view this tonight. I shall post my thoughts here afterwards. Ian Jane looks forward to this already.

Ian Jane
11-22-2011, 10:07 AM
Yes I do. I want to know if it is up to your qualitatious standards or not.

The Silly Swede
11-22-2011, 04:07 PM
I have now returned from the cinema, despite massive fog which almost made me get lost. I really liked it. At first I felt the silent parts were a bit distracting, but soon I changed my mind and actually liked that aspect more and more. Ryan Gosling is a solid actor. He plays the part with the right tone I feel, and the plot, if nothing new, fits well with both him and the general feel of the film.

The level of violence was good. It made an impact when employed. The only thing I can say I wanted different would be a tad more of the driving scenes. Sort of like to show that he is a kick ass driver instead of it just being mentioned. But overall a very solid film.

Ian Jane
11-22-2011, 05:11 PM
I'm glad you didn't get lost and that you made it back alive to tell us about it.

I will blind buy this when it comes out. This is the committment I make to you, Swedish Joe.

The Silly Swede
11-22-2011, 05:20 PM
Good for you! Ryan Gosling is almost as handsome as Micheal Dudikoff was in his prime. Though not as manly.

Ian Jane
11-22-2011, 05:36 PM
Few can claim to be as manly as the Chosen One.

The Silly Swede
11-23-2011, 10:36 AM
I just remembered one more thing: Once on family guy they made a joke about movies having to many corporate logos at the beginning and Peter Griffith getting tricked by it. That almost happened to me with Drive.

It started off with local distributor (SF) followed by the european distributor (Icon) follwed by the american distributor (Film District) and then it had the longest possible fucking logos of both production companies. (Odd Lott and Bold Films). I swear, four fucking minutes was all animated corporate logos. This shit needs to stop.

Ian Jane
11-23-2011, 10:57 AM
I know the Family Guy joke you're talking about. Kind of sad that that show has become prophetic.

sukebanboy
06-10-2012, 06:32 AM
Avoided this one for a long time because I was scared I would be disappointed from its over-hyping.....

Loved his PUSHER movies, so I was defininitely going to watch it at some point...just wanted to let the dust settle and see it for what it was, rather than for what other people thought it was...

anyhow, I was NOT disappointed with it...in fact I liked it a lot more than I thought I would....story of course was not overly complicated, but the confidence of the director behind the camera and his stylistic choices more than made up for that....

Ian Jane
08-04-2013, 12:38 PM
I will blind buy this when it comes out.

And I did, two years later. Watched it last night, what a great movie. Dumb that it took me so long to get to it but honestly forgot about it until we watched Place Beyond The Pines the other day (also very good).

Gosling has got a really interesting screen presence. He's calm and quiet and seems like a nice guy and then he fucking kicks a guys head in like it's no big deal. Loads of style in this, great acting from everyone, a vicious, lean, effective movie. I wanted it to keep going.

paul h.
08-04-2013, 05:50 PM
The elevator scene is really amazing in this movie. So much happens in so little time, in so little space. Just inspired direction, lighting, acting, and camerawork. Oh and the music, too. Sorry I forgot music for a second.

Mark Tolch
08-04-2013, 07:13 PM
I think that the best thing about the film was the reaction to it...so many people who thought they were going to get a straight-ahead flick with Gosling the hottie in the lead role. I thought the slow burn was amazing. Great film.

The Silly Swede
08-05-2013, 05:32 AM
Ryan Gosling is a bit of a hipster canadian Clint Eastwood. He is so perfect for his role in this.

Will_Bernardara_Jr
08-05-2013, 09:19 PM
Refn's BRONSON is my favorite film of 2008. Hardy should've won an Oscar.

sukebanboy
08-06-2013, 11:01 AM
Rewatched this movie tongiht...STILL love it!

Mark Tolch
08-06-2013, 01:34 PM
Refn's BRONSON is my favorite film of 2008. Hardy should've won an Oscar.


Bronson was a really great flick. Took me a couple of rounds to get into it...the books are also something if you haven't read them before

Will_Bernardara_Jr
08-06-2013, 07:13 PM
...the books are also something if you haven't read them before

I wrote to the real Bronson in 2008 and he sent me a postcard. Mentioned several of his books. I have yet to check them out.

Ian Jane
08-06-2013, 07:19 PM
I still haven't caught up with Bronson but based on the strength of Drive and The Pusher trilogy, I figure I need to correct that.

Mark Tolch
08-06-2013, 09:46 PM
I wrote to the real Bronson in 2008 and he sent me a postcard. Mentioned several of his books. I have yet to check them out.

That's pretty awesome!

sukebanboy
08-06-2013, 10:05 PM
I still haven't caught up with Bronson but based on the strength of Drive and The Pusher trilogy, I figure I need to correct that.

Yes you do....ASAP....

Paul L
08-07-2013, 04:47 AM
I saw BRONSON at the cinema and it blew me away. I haven't watched it since, but I'll give it a wholehearted recommendation anyway. Definitely worth tracking down, Ian.

sukebanboy
08-07-2013, 07:50 AM
Author James Sallis has written a sequel to drive, imaginatively called 'Driven' ...

Would LOVE if Gosling and REFN got together for it......but not sure if they want to bother with making sequels....

Ian Jane
08-07-2013, 09:09 AM
Although I'd definitely watch a sequel if the two of them got back together to make it, I'm completely okay with the movie ending the way it does and leaving it at that.

Paul L
08-07-2013, 10:38 AM
Author James Sallis has written a sequel to drive, imaginatively called 'Driven' ...

Would LOVE if Gosling and REFN got together for it......but not sure if they want to bother with making sequels....
I've read DRIVEN. It was pretty good (Sallis' prose is always enjoyable, at least for my money), but I don't know if it's 'worthy' of a big screen adaptation - a 'straight' adaptation would essentially be more of the same, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but... There are some clever observations on Hollywood and storytelling, however.

sukebanboy
08-18-2013, 01:09 AM
I've read DRIVEN. It was pretty good (Sallis' prose is always enjoyable, at least for my money), but I don't know if it's 'worthy' of a big screen adaptation - a 'straight' adaptation would essentially be more of the same, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but... There are some clever observations on Hollywood and storytelling, however.

yeah thats the ONLY problem I can see the sequel maybe falling into...being too much the same as the original.....

Alex K.
05-22-2014, 11:45 PM
I don't know why it took me so long to finally watch this but I finally did. Only other Refn film I've seen before this was Valhalla Rising which I really liked and thought it was one most unique films to have come out in recent years. The build up in Drive is a little slow but once it gets going it doesn't really stop. Really enjoyed it. Best described as an arthouse action flick. Now I need to see Only God Forgives, Bronson, Fear X, and the Pusher Trilogy.