Be prepared for plenty of violence in this beautifully directed film by Nicolas Winding Refn.
Ryan Gosling stars as a movie stunt driver by day and a getaway driver for criminals at night. Throughout the film he remains unnamed, known only as The Driver.
The Driver becomes close to his apartment house neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan). When her husband Standard (Oscar Issac) is released from prison he becomes enough of a friend to agree to help him satisfy a debt to gangsters.
Things go wrong and we see a different side of the calm, mild-mannered Driver. As the violence grows the audience sees surprising and previously unrevealed relationships.
Brooks, long known for both his stand-up comedy and comedic acting roles, steps out of character to become a commanding presence as money-lender Bernie. Bryan Cranston is good and unrecognizable as mechanic Shannon.
The film is intriguing with low lighting, a 1980s sound track, exciting car chases and lots of gore.
I didn't think I'd enjoy this film but I really did, and audience reaction proved I wasn't alone.
Sunday, January 15, 2012