• Nicolas Winding Refn
  • In English
  • 100 mins

Showing as part of Play It Again

An enthralling and impressive crime film from by Danish-born filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, acclaimed director of 2008’s Bronson and the Pusher trilogy. Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine and Lars and the Real Girl) stars in a memorable performance as Driver, a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway car driver for the criminal underworld.

A solitary and introverted figure, Driver’s life changes path when he meets his new neighbour Irene, played by Oscar-winning British actress Carey Mulligan. Driver’s cool exterior slowly starts to melt and with Irene’s husband locked up behind bars, he soon becomes part of her family life and finds hope and redemption in his new-found happiness. However, it’s not for long as Driver discovers that a contract has been put on his head, after a heist goes wrong. Drive is a smart and occasionally violent film which plays stylistic homage to the US crime films of the 1970s and early 80s, reminiscent of Tarantino’s movie junkie style. A memorable and timeless example of unique filmmaking.

Staff Recommendations

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Recommended for Play It Again by Chris Daniels, Cornerhouse Usher and Project Assistant

More Info

Cast: Bryan Cranston, Carey Mulligan, Ryan Gosling
Country: US
Year: 2011

Last shown

Last shown at Cornerhouse on Wed 4th Jan 2012


An existential heist movie that doffs its cap to the back catalogues of Walter Hill, John Carpenter and Michael Mann. Directed with savvy aplomb by the Danish film-maker Nicolas Winding Refn, this plays out under cloudy LA skies and thrums to a narcotic synth-pop soundtrack as it rides shotgun alongside an imperilled Hollywood stuntman. Buckle up; it's quite a ride. ****

The Guardian

The year's coolest movie cruises into cinemas ****

Total Film

A modern classic. Recalls the best of early Copolla. A masterpiece. *****

Daily Mirror

This high-octane thriller is the most stylish film in years [...] Gosling has the ice-cold cool of Paul Newman *****

The Independent

Drive is superior on every level [...] It's a blood-pumping thrill ride of a movie ****

The Times

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Watched the film last week in the U.S. and it’s one of my favourite films of all time, a CULT CLASSIC!!! Amazing performance from Gosling and from supporting cast, if you’re bored of the big budget Hollywood blockbuster films, watch this gem of a film!!!

Riccardo Ruggia  

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