Most movies follow a similar set of conventions that have seemingly been in place since the beginning of time.
A new action film called â€œDriveâ€ takes these practices and destroys the 3-D-loving snot out of them.
The movie stars a reserved Ryan Gosling as Driver, a Hollywood stuntman by day and a heist getaway driver by night.
His work gets him involved with some shady individuals that force him into a fight for survival.
The filmâ€™s director â€“â€“ a Dane named Nicolas Winding Refn â€“â€“ is known to not hold back when it comes to violence in his movies, and â€œDriveâ€ is no exception.
At the filmâ€™s midpoint, this characteristic goes into overdrive and gets pretty bloody for those not used to Refnâ€™s style.
But it is not exploited; everything is put in the movie for a purpose. Most importantly, the actors play each of their respective roles perfectly.
This is especially true of Gosling, whose constrained guardian mentality creates an almost superhero-like quality that is impossible to ignore.
Itâ€™s as if he goes into his element â€“â€“ plays his role â€“â€“ whenever a dangerous situation arises.
Other notable acting performances come from the always-reliable Bryan Cranston and Carey Mulligan, as well as the menacing Albert Brooks.
Although itâ€™s an action film, â€œDriveâ€ is not an in-your-face, cheap thrills type of movie that relies on explosions to entertain; itâ€™s much more complex than that.
Even when there are several shots that simply focus in on the characters with no dialogue, tension and pacing outdo that of a â€œtraditionalâ€ action movie.
These non-traditional aspects of â€œDriveâ€ are certain to divide audiences, but a significant payoff awaits those who are able to accept Refnâ€™s existential production.
Movie reviewer Jason Berlinberg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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