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by Adam Ray Palmer (subscribe)
A film reviewer, a poem dabbler and an admirer of words. They are funny things aren't they? Words, where would we be without them? On TV probably.
Published September 12th 2012
Ryan Gosling stars as the charismatic stuntman forced into crime as his love blossoms for the girl next door.

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Carey Mulligan, a beautiful petite mother, and her young son protecting after her husband is released from prison and murdered in a set up robbery.

Gosling takes on the challenge of avenging Standard's (Mulligan's husband) death as he goes after the mobsters that are plotting to take out Ryan himself next. Gosling executes the mobsters one by one, gang member after gang member, as slowly but surely his eradication is becoming an essential requirement.

Gosling's quiet, moody, and mysterious personality is very reminiscent of a young Steve McQueen, especially in the climax scene when he meets the boss for dinner and the trading of money. Gosling portrays no fear, no manners and no emotion. The only time you see more of a passionate side to the 'Driver' is with the next door neighbour and her son.

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Drive is a compelling and addictive film that hooks you in from the very opening act, when Gosling distributes his driving skills in a police chase to the very end with his still and cold facial expressions conveying the image of death until he coolly blinks.

The film's dark cinematography and eighties style action sequences with hints of the Tarantino approach to violence really gives an interesting plot a distinctive and polished finishing product.

Star Rating: 4/5
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Why? Cool action scenes and Ryan Gosling's poker face
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