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Aro Recommended Drive


USA 2011, 100 minutes
Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn
Rating: [R18]
Genres: Suspense/Crime

Topics: Petrolheads.


“It's a film that has its finger on the pulse of what's current and in style, and one that has solidified its place as the coolest film of the year.”~Stephen Lambrechts, IGN Movies

Aroview: Ryan Gosling smoulders as a moonlighting getaway driver in-over-his-head in this crisply stylised, romance-inflected crime thriller – something of an ode to decades-old genre cinema, but shot through with an ultra-modern, ultra-cool sensibility.

While the high-performance components of Nicolas Winding Refn’s film make for irresistible viewing – an impeccable cast of actors (Albert Brooks as a Jewish crime lord the standout), a memorable electronic soundtrack (by Cliff Martinez), and a dusky, neon-tinted perspective of L.A. – this remains a low-rev mood piece at best with an artificial investment in the look and feel of things. (Though it must be said that the unorthodox first half is fantastically offbeat.) Those easily seduced by the muscle-car auto-erotica, bursts of graphic violence, and Gosling’s studly good looks are in for a ride, though for our money, you’re better off returning to the source (Walter Hill’s DRIVER, et al.).

NZ International Film Festival 2011
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