Drive - Ryan Gosling and Director Nicolas Winding Refn
Star Ryan Gosling and Director Nicolas Winding Refn © 2011 FilmDistrict

Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, The Pusher trilogy, Valhalla Rising) throttles into the Hollywood fast lane with this crime caper Drive.

Drive - Poster, Ryan Gosling
Poster, Driver (Ryan Gosling) © 2011 FilmDistrict, Photo by Richard Foreman

Official Information

Ryan Gosling stars as a Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway vehicles for criminal operations by night. A loner by nature, Driver can’t help falling in love with his beautiful but vulnerable neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), a young mother dragged into a dangerous criminal underworld by the return of ex-convict husband Standard (Oscar Isaac).

After a heist operation, intended to help Standard pay off protection money, spins out of control, Driver finds himself driving defense for the girl he loves, tailgated by a syndicate of deadly serious criminals (Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman). When the gangsters reveal that they’re after more than the bag of money in his trunk—that they’re coming straight for Irene and her son—Driver is forced to shift gears and go on the offense.

Stars Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Oscar Isaac, Ron Perlman and Christina Hendricks. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.

Drive was written by Hossein Amini, adapted from a book by James Sallis, and produced by Marc Platt, Gigi Pritzker, Michel Litvak, Adam Siegel and John Palermo; executive producers are David Lancaster, Gary Michael Walters, Bill Lischak and Linda McDonough.

US and Canada release September 16, 2011
UK release September 23, 2011
Australia October 23, 2011

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online