Reading a cut-and-dry description of Drive, it might seem like some other movies you've seen. Yes, Ryan Gosling plays a loner stuntman who spends many a night driving a getaway car for all manner of crooks, and yes, he does inevitably get in over his head. As directed by Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn, though, what seems like a fairly generic action movie becomes so, so much more. It's a wildly confident movie, one that knows how to use silence to build near-unbearable tension and also to develop relationships between well-drawn characters without resorting to on-the-nose dialogue. A new clip demonstrates this quite well as Bryan Cranston (whose role is probably the most talkative one in the whole film) introduces Gosling to Albert Brooks, and you can tell right away that these guys are coming from very different angles.
The clip is also available in high definition at Yahoo! Movies.
As a bonus, because you deserve it, here's another clip:
The screenplay is adapted from James Sallis' crime novel of the same name by Hossein Amini. Refn makes his American debut with the film, after establishing an international reputation with Bronson, Valhalla Rising, and the Pusher trilogy. He and Gosling will work together again on Only God Forgives, which is currently in pre-production.
Gosling plays a character with a sprinkling of mythological knight-errant, and his lady fair is played by Carey Mulligan. The unimpeachable cast also includes Ron Perlman, Oscar Isaac, and Christina Hendricks.
Drive wheels into theaters on September 16th. Be there.