“It's a film that has its finger on the pulse of what's current and in style, and one that has solidified its place as the coolest film of the year.”~Stephen Lambrechts, IGN Movies
Aroview: Ryan Gosling smoulders as a moonlighting getaway driver in-over-his-head in this crisply stylised, romance-inflected crime thriller – something of an ode to decades-old genre cinema, but shot through with an ultra-modern, ultra-cool sensibility.
While the high-performance components of Nicolas Winding Refn’s film make for irresistible viewing – an impeccable cast of actors (Albert Brooks as a Jewish crime lord the standout), a memorable electronic soundtrack (by Cliff Martinez), and a dusky, neon-tinted perspective of L.A. – this remains a low-rev mood piece at best with an artificial investment in the look and feel of things. (Though it must be said that the unorthodox first half is fantastically offbeat.) Those easily seduced by the muscle-car auto-erotica, bursts of graphic violence, and Gosling’s studly good looks are in for a ride, though for our money, you’re better off returning to the source (Walter Hill’s DRIVER, et al.).
Average rating (Very Good). Showing 1-3 of 7 member reviews.
5 stars (Exceptional) An excellent example of "style over substance" done right. The characters, the suspense, the intense moments of action, the music - it's all spot on. ~Tom H
0 star (Not rated) ~Rosco
5 stars (Exceptional) It seems to be a fairytale crossed with a nightmare; the simple sweetness of the central relationship mingled with the chilling horror of a bloody curb-stomp, and it is ultra-stylish, ultra-cool and utterly mesmerising. ~Wizzums
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