There was a lot of hype over the movie DRIVE starring Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks so I was looking forward to seeing it. I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised over the fact that it was even better than I thought it would be. The music and the mood and the direction and acting were all amazing.
The director knew exactly when to do slow motion sequences and they used the perfect music for scenes.
Critics make references to Steve McQueen’s classic movie Bullitt and there are some similarities but I see more with Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver with Robert De Niro as the driver. Both involve a dead inside loaner who deals with bloody violence to save a girl (in the case of Drive it’s a girl and her son).
Albert Brooks has always been one of my favorite actors, writers, directors so it was a true revelation to see him in the role he played here. He was amazing to say the least. He deservedly was nominated by a Golden Globe award but it’s a crime that he and Gosling were snubbed by the Academy. Each should have been nominated for acting Oscars and the director deserved a nod as well as the movie itself for Best Picture.

The elevator scene with the haunting “Under Your Spell” track

NightCall track with scenes from the movie

Love the song “A Real Hero” which was used at the end