DRIVE (2011) **** D: Nicolas Winding Refn. Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, Albert Brooks.
"Drive" could easily be described as a conventional thriller yet it completely abandons and defies convention. It is a slow-burn thriller that escalates yet remains on the same level as it began.
A stunt driver also works as a wheel-man. When he decides to take on a particular job everything goes wrong and gets progressively worse.
There are flourishes of intense violence and car chases but they are played realistically and are over before you know it.
In the midst of this is a tender relationship that develops between the driver and a neighbor on his floor. You may think you know where this story arc is going but again it defies convention.
Well acted, directed and written. This is definitely worth a look. Don't go in expecting a Jason Statham revenge flick, this is far removed but far more rewarding.