Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan have delivered noteworthy performances in two of the most critically acclaimed films of the year, Barbie and Maestro. But over a decade ago, these two starred together in a moody action film that relied more on style and vibes than verbosity. And now the film is available to stream on Netflix.
Drive is currently making waves on Netflix, garnering significant attention on Google searches. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, this action film is a visual and auditory treat for fans of the genre.
Released in 2011, Drive is an adrenaline-pumping ride that combines elements of crime, drama, and noir. Gosling, who plays the protagonist known simply as ‘The Driver’, delivered a performance that just highlighted his status as one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors. The film also features Carey Mulligan as Irene, his love interest, and Bryan Cranston as Shannon, his mentor and a mechanic.
What sets Drive apart is its unique approach to storytelling. The Driver and Irene share remarkably few words throughout the film, a deliberate choice made by Gosling and Mulligan. They believed that the power of their scenes should be conveyed through mood and expression rather than excessive dialogue. The result is a film where silence speaks volumes, creating a palpable tension that adds to the overall atmospheric quality.
Mulligan had reflected on her experience making the film and humorously summarised it as “staring longingly at Ryan Gosling for hours each day.” This chemistry between the lead actors and the film’s stylistic choices has undoubtedly contributed to Drive becoming a must-watch.
The story of Drive revolves around The Driver, a stuntman and mechanic by day and a getaway driver by night. His life turns dangerous when he becomes entangled in a heist gone wrong, putting Irene and her son in jeopardy.
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and adapted from James Sallis’s novel of the same name by screenwriter Hossein Amini, Drive is a visual delight. Its neon-drenched cinematography and a synth-heavy soundtrack by Cliff Martinez contribute to the film’s cult status. The film also features Oscar Isaac, Christina Hendricks, and Ron Perlman—all the more reason to tune in.