Drive (2011)

Filed under : drama, film noir, review

When I first saw the trailer to this film, I thought it was going to be an action based kind of film full of car chases and gun robbers. Though, I do have to admit – it didn’t look like something I wanted to rush over and see at the theatre. However, based on the positive reviews – I decided to go and check it out.

Let me just say, I think the trailer did a very good job of explaining the plot and getting the interest of movie goers. It did look like a typical action film with an interesting storyline and plot.

From the trailer alone, it looked like it had it all – action, car chases, robbers, and of course – a love interest. It looked like an action movie. But, how it played out was a different story all together.

To be honest, this is not an action movie – it is a much slower paced film. In fact, it is categorized as a film noir. With that being said, I think many going into the movie expected it to be a different type of movie – the type portrayed in the trailer.

(Note: For those who have seen the film, you know what I’m talking about. It definitely was not what I expected).

Now, is this a good thing or a bad thing? For some yes, for others no.

About the film itself, I will say I enjoyed the opening scene. It really got me into the feeling of what I expected from the movie. There was a rush of adrenaline pumping while I watched and it really got me into the tone of what I thought the movie would be.

However, this tone changed once the movie started. And, throughout – it alternated between mostly dramatic scenes with bits of action intertwined.

Though, I will say – the style and plot of the film itself was somewhat unique. To be honest, it wasn’t typical at all. There were a few unexpected moments which I really give credit to the movie.

At one point, I was expecting one thing to happen only to be surprised (as well as shocked) as to what had actually occurred. Truthfully, there were a lot of “in your face” type moments which I thoroughly enjoyed.

(Note: For those who have seen the film, you’ll know what I’m talking about. One of the scenes really came as a surprise and shocked me as to the outcome).

Personally, I have mixed feeling about the film. Sure, it had an interesting style and plot being a film noir type of movie and all. And, yes – there were a few scenes in the movie I did enjoy which entertained me and left me on the edge of my seat.

However, there were other scenes which made the movie quite slow. Alternating between the drama and adding the few action scenes did help.

Though, at the end – I just didn’t feel like the film was strong enough. It didn’t really leave any sort of impression on me – it just kind of ended.

Overall, I will say this movie is more for a specific type of audience – those who enjoy film noir type of films. It definitely is not for everyone. And, if you’re looking for an action type of movie – this is probably not going to cut it.

If you enjoy film noir type of films, you may want to check this one out. If not, I’d probably pass on it unless it somewhat peaks your interest. And, in that case – I’d recommend waiting for it to come out on DVD.

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(Note: For those who have seen the movie, I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on it. Thanks for reading!)

Happy movie watching!

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4 Responses to “Drive (2011)”

  1. Al says:

    Great review. It definitely wasnt what the trailers portrayed it as, but I think it worked in its favor. I was pretty neutral on it but if I had to decide, id say it were a good film. Strong near silent protagonist but yeah its hard to get a solid impression because it just kind of ends.

  2. ruth says:

    I’m not interested enough in seeing this on the big screen but will rent it later. Looks like you’re one of the few that didn’t join the adulation for this one, that’s cool. I’m not sure how I’d feel for this one yet as I’m just ok about Gosling. I do like Carey Mulligan though, she’s an interesting choice for this film.
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    • filmgurl says:

      Yes, it’s definitely one of those films that try to be different. Since it’s categorized in the “film noir” genre, I think it was attempting to be somewhat “Pulp Fiction” like. Though, for me – it just didn’t have the same affect. I am surprised at how well received it has been for many – some have even gone to say it’s one of the best films of the year.

  3. Jared says:

    I LOVED Drive. I am actually one of those people who thought it may be one of the best of the year. Check out the director’s film “Bronson” if you are willing to give him another chance!

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