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Drive is proof that some of the world’s best movies can come from a film that you least expect from. A quick read of the premise of this film and you could be excused for thinking that it is simply a Fast & The Furious style movie… instead what you get is a flawless movie that is going to be a classic and should be mentioned fairly often during Oscar season.

Driver (Ryan Gosling) is a Hollywood stunt driver or doubles as a criminal in the form of a getaway driver. His rules are simple – if you do a job with him you have 5 minutes to do the crime and then he is out of there. Working with friend, Shannon (Bryan Cranston) Driver rarely messes up, but then he meets his new neighbour, Irene (Carey Mulligan) a young mother whose husband, Standard (Oscar Isaac) is in jail. However, as Driver and Irene get closer Standard is released in prison, but his debt soon has Irene and her son in trouble. Desperate to help them Driver agrees to help Standard with a job that sees them steal $1 million. However, things don’t go to plan and soon Driver has Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks) and Nino (Ron Perlman) coming after him.

Director, Nicolas Winding Refn has taken Hossein Amini’s script and given a really ‘strange’ feel to it. The titles, music and general feel of the film gives it a really 1980s feel while the film’s storyline (and subsequent violence) makes you feel like you are watching a classic like American Psycho. The great thing Refn does though is bring an arthouse feel to the film, this prevents the film from taking a trip down the usual action film route, and using this feel doesn’t take any of the thrills out of the film… you will actually find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat throughout the film.

Drive should guarantee Ryan Gosling an Oscar nomination and on the back of Blue Valentine really should be showing people that he is one of the world’s best actors at the moment. The role of Driver is not an easy role and Gosling pulls it off easily. Also remarkable is his on-screen chemistry with Carey Mulligan. They are believable as a couple and you actually do feel for them when they can’t be together. But as I have already mentioned Gosling is faultless and easily steals the show with a faultless performance.

If you can’t stand on-screen violence than Drive isn’t for you, but then again if you miss it you will be missing one of the best films of the year. Drive is an amazing film that deserves a massive amount of awards… it is certainly one of the best films of 2011.