Drive is a heist film without a focus on the actual heist.
Ryan Gosling, as “Driver”, befriends his neighbor Irene and her child Benicio. After getting involved and starting to fall for her, Driver’s focus turns to setting things right for that family after dad gets home from prison.
A talented getaway driver and Hollywood stuntman, Driver, interjects himself into a problem with the best intentions, yet finds a rabbit hole that twists in directions he did not anticipate. Finding schemes and cover ups that put him in a no win situation.
Driver is unique in the that is has a great soundtrack and makes a great use of the absence of that soundtrack to create tension. Careful amplification of environmental sounds and expertly shot scenes in that music silence really …. drive home how tense things really are.
On the other side of this review, the comparison to Hotline Miami is accurate. Hyper-violent fight scenes and gore. The level of violence and the realistic representation of bodily harm illustrates the level of danger, split second decisions needed, and highlighting how instant death can really be.
I see myself watching this again in the near future so that I can take more focus on the finer details now that I know what to expect and I won’t be sitting at Pucker Factor 6.
Side note: I have the same coffee cup in the diner scene