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Drive

Nicolas Winding Refn

Nicolas Winding Refn’s remarkable film Drive was a huge hit at DCA when it first arrived on our screens in 2011, and its reputation has only grown since. Deeply stylish while not shying away from visceral violence, the film takes us deep into the heart of the LA crime world and is an unforgettable cinematic experience which begs to be seen on the big screen.

Refn keeps the plot simple: Ryan Gosling plays The Driver; Hollywood stunt driver by day, getaway driver by night. He is a postmodern revamp of the archetypal American loner, torn between his life of crime and a blossoming romance with neighbour Irene (Carey Mulligan).

“At once an entertaining thriller and an arthouse gem…”

Gosling is sensational as The Driver, whose natural movie star charm hides a dark, ruthless efficiency when pitted against mobster Bernie, played with a terrific snarl by Albert Brooks. The entire cast is superb in bringing this tale to life; Bryan Cranston shines as hangdog mechanic Shannon, while the film marked an early performance for Oscar Isaac, as well as boasting supporting turns for Christina Hendricks and Ron Perlman.

At once an entertaining thriller and an arthouse gem, Drive is extremely cine-literate (The Driver’s instantly iconic jacket is pulled straight from Kenneth Anger’s Scorpio Rising), melding gritty ‘70s exploitation with a sleek ‘80s aesthetic and pulsing with a warmly electronic soundtrack courtesy of artists such as Cliff Martinez and College. By the time the opening credits start appearing over the gorgeous night-time shots of LA, backed by Kavinsky’s mesmerizing ‘Nightcall’, it is impossible not to be under Drive’s spell.