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Drive [Blu-ray + DVD] (Bilingual)

Ryan Gosling , Carey Mulligan , Nicolas Winding Refn    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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"Some heroes are real," so ride shotgun with Ryan Gosling as the anonymous 'Driver' -- a Hollywood stunt car driver who moonlights as a wheelman for local criminals and the heroic protagonist in the award winning drama, Drive, directed by Nicholas Winding Refn. The antithesis of an evil mastermind, Driver's primary concern is protecting his closely-guarded identity as a wheelman. All he wants to do -- and all he ever does -- in his crooked career is drive. That's it. Operating out of his washed-up mentor-boss (Bryan Cranston)'s dilapidated body shop, he never works with the same crew twice, doesn't carry a gun, wants nothing to do with the details and only allows his clients a five minute window to get in, get the goods and get out before he leaves them holding the bag.

Our nameless Driver is quietly anti-social at best and perhaps emotionally damaged at worst: he hardly speaks, barely expresses any outward emotion and appears steadfastly committed to his life of inconspicuous solitude. Slowly, it seems as though the whole plan might be derailed as he falls in love with his beautiful neighbor, Irene (Carey Mulligan), a young mother with too much to lose. When her ex-con husband, Standard (Oscar Isaac), is unexpectedly released from prison, you can't help but mourn for the young un-couple and the romance that was silenced before it could whisper. Surprisingly, Standard is genuinely penitent and welcomes Driver as a friend and comrade.

In the interim, Shannon has bitten off more than he can chew -- borrowing money from a vicious loan shark and gangster, Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks) to fund a racing scheme that would pay for itself a hundred times over -- until the tab runs out, with the promise of a visit from Rose's ruthless henchman (Ron Perlman) if the debt cannot be paid.

Driver's attachment to Irene leads him directly into the lion's den -- not that anything less could be expected -- when Standard's former employer starts calling in his chips, demanding Standard carry out a daytime pawn shop robbery -- one down and dirty job to buy his freedom. When it becomes clear that Standard's 'business associations' have endangered Irene and her son, Driver volunteers his services for the heist. A $40,000 robbery with Standard and a small, professional crew (inc. Christina Hendricks' character, Blanche). When the pieces start to fall into place and things just aren't adding up, the high-stakes heist goes sour, leaving Standard dead, a price on Driver's head and $1,000,000 in cash. Following a satisfying chase scene, Driver and Blanche hole up in a motel, just in time to catch the local news coverage of the pawn shop robbery. As fewer and fewere details add up, Driver forces Blanche to admit it was a set-up orchestrated by Nino, Bernie Rose's right hand man. Realizing too late that they were seeking shelter in the eye of the storm, Blanche is killed befoer Driver dispatches Nino's hired guns, sent to silence the only connections between Nino, Standard and the East Coast Mob's missing million.

Fueled by a desire to avenge Blanche's death, Driver heads back to confront Nino and Rose. Discovering that Rose had beat him to the garage, Driver finds Shannon dead and sets out to pay a visit to Nino. Relying on driving skills that can only be attributed to his stunt work, Driver sends Nino's limousine careening down an outcropping to land on the beach. Nino crawls from the smoldering wreckage, Driver drags him into the ocean.

Confident that Driver's singular goal is to protect Irene and her son, Rose proposes they meet at a restaurant and tidy up the exchange: Driver brings the criminals' cash and Rose calls off the hit on Irene. Openly acknowledging that he has signed his own death warrant, Driver leads himself to the gallows and meets Rose in a parking lot. He hands over the bag of cash; Rose pulls a knife, but Driver, for the first time, didn't show up unarmed. Leaving Rose dead with the open bag of cash, the final scene winds down as Driver, fatally wounded, drives around the night-darkened city, listening to music and waiting--

Despite his unrivaled skills behind the wheel, Driver learned first-hand that there are no clean getaways.


Denmark's Nicolas Winding Refn makes an electrifying return to Hollywood filmmaking with this 1980s-style noir, right down to the synth score and neon-pink credits (he released his American debut, Fear X, in 2003). Ryan Gosling puts his implacable quality to good use as an L.A. stunt driver whose world crumbles when he falls for the wrong woman (Carey Mulligan). Irene is hardly a femme fatale, but her incarcerated husband, Standard (Oscar Isaac), is another story. When her car breaks down, Driver recommends the auto shop where he works with Shannon (Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston). The two start spending time together, but then Standard returns from prison. Driver keeps his distance until he discovers that Standard owes protection money. If he doesn't pay up, Irene and their son will suffer, so Driver offers to handle the wheel during a heist, a job with which he has more than a little experience, as the riveting opening sequence proves. While they plan their score with Blanche (Mad Men's Christina Hendricks), Shannon makes a deal with a couple of gangsters (Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman), but when the plans collide: all hell breaks loose. In adapting James Sallis's novel, Refn builds to a bittersweet denouement, though the bursts of bloodshed will test even the hardiest of viewers. At its best, though, Drive is every bit as gripping as Reagan-era crime dramas like To Live and Die in L.A. and Thief. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything happens in those five minutes... Feb. 8 2012
It's true: this movie is not a typical action movie, or a typical romantic drama. People looking for nothing but action will probably get bored by the scenes with very little dialogue; people looking for nothing but a sweet love story will probably be horrified by the scenes of graphic violence. However, people looking for a good movie need look no further.

To begin with, Ryan Gosling gives an outstanding performance, conveying so much with a single look, or a smile, or a gesture. There's so much going on under the surface, it's a joy to watch.

Another point in this movie's favour: the excellent soundtrack. If nothing else, watch this movie for the music.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Feb. 16 2012
I just had to post a review reading the one star reviews below..

This movie is brilliant in every aspect of filmaking....acting, direction, editing, music (ooo the music!!)..

By far the best movie of 2011 and probably top 5 of the last decade.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
After a good laugh reading some comments here, so i had to throwdown.

If the Italian Stallion Stallone and the Arnie the Governator are your action film heroes, i'm sorry to say that DRIVE maybe isn't your cup of tea.

If your action film heroes lean more toward Steve McQueen and Clint Eastwood then DRIVE is your movie.

I thought it was very Cronenbergian to boot.

Best Hollywood film of the year, perhaps in the last ten years IMHO.

Nicolas Winding Refn continues his success and the fact it only got one Oscar nod proves once again, the Academy is a joke.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Item with out slipcover, still great movie Jan. 20 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Great item and the movie is amazing.

Only thing that bothers me a little, didn't get the slipcover, and I wanted it so much, it is just the plastic blu ray case, so the picture is not the same as the item I got. IF AMAZON CAN SEND ME THE SLIPCOVER WOULD BE GREAT.

Anyway, happy to have this awesome movie.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drive gets an A+! June 16 2012
By koolz03 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I had no idea I would love this movie as much as I do now before even considering to watch it. Ryan Gosling was perfect as the leading man and was able to carry the story tremendously! I also loved the soundtrack and thought it fit the film perfectly. Probably one of the best films of 2011! This kinda had elements of "The Town" (another fantastic film). So if you loved that one you will sure as hell love this one too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie Jan. 10 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Saw most of this movie on the tv, didn't get to see the end. Decided to buy the DVD and I'm glad I did. Ryan Gosling is really good, the movie moves along at a good pace, it's a bit gory at points but overall I really liked it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie July 7 2013
By Ark
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This might not appeal to everyone but it's definitely different than most movies of this genre, maybe that's why I enjoyed it so much. Loved the music in the movie too, it's like a character in the movie.
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This film is intense but the soundtrack throughout the film is absolutely unforgettable. Never was a Ryan Gosling fan until I saw this film. He remains totally unflappable throughout, even when a 'normal' person would have been screaming at the top of their lungs. Check out this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Goslings best! Love the soundtrack and story
One of Goslings best! Love the soundtrack and story. Good choice of actors for this movie as well. I found it to be very artsy though
Published 2 months ago by T Sens
1.0 out of 5 stars Bah
Don't waste your time...
Published 3 months ago by D
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Gory for Me
I watched this movie on the recommendation of my 21 year old daughter. "Lars and the Real Girl" is one of my very favourite movies, and since DRIVE also stars Ryan Gosling I was... Read more
Published 16 months ago by A Little Flower
4.0 out of 5 stars Graphically violent, but brilliant
Graphically violent, but brilliant. Gosling is quietly magnetic, while the villains, played by Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman, manage to be hilarious and frightening at the same... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Richard McCallum
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't look for action..., you will be really disapointed
In the 2 minutes trailer, you can see all the action (and the only action) this movie has to offer.

Rhythm is much too slow. Read more
Published 21 months ago by S-007
4.0 out of 5 stars Usually hate Ryan Gosling
He's really good in this movie. The violence has meaning, something that a lot of modern movies lack. My girlfriend found the pacing slow, but loved Driver's sexiness
Published 21 months ago by Jesse
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Hollywood film of 2011
I had heard that Drive was supposed to be pretty good. I didn't expect it to be genuinely excellent, or that it would be my favourite film of the year. Read more
Published 23 months ago by GoonMoon
5.0 out of 5 stars Drive - DVD - Used
Product is good quality. Would absolutely shop this user again. Product came quickly and has no flaws interfering with its quality.
Published 23 months ago by Laceyjay
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best (and often misunderstood) Film of 2011
Ryan Gosling plays “Driver” a mysterious Hollywood stunt driver (who moonlights as a getaway driver) and also works at an auto repair garage. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Jamie MacDougall
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