Drive - movie review

Drive - movie review
This was another flight movie and sitting in the dark cramp cattle class seat, it helped me focus on this movie. It brought mixed feelings for me, watching it just after Valentine's day as I crossed continents...
Ryan Gosling does well to convey the spectrum of emotions as a driver for hire, who can flip a car with the ease of someone flipping his pancakes, and he is asked to do more than drive when he intervenes in a situation on behalf of a neighbor, Cary Mulligan, who plays his love interest. She is a mother of Benice, who has a father doing time. Somehow, I felt the scene of three of them driving through LA's canals with the song "Real Hero" from College in the background to be extra sweet, yet in a bitter sweet fashion, since it was made known that Cary was still married to Standard Gabriel (heh, loved her comment "so when is Deluxe coming" - classic). Somehow that describes perhaps up to half of all human relationships, and despite the energy between them, we know that we don't always get the girl we want, and walk off into the sunset.
Yet Ryan aka Driver is willing to risk life and limb, and sometimes in a rather violent way, to help the woman of his dreams, even with the full knowledge that he may not end up with her. Love often involves sacrifice and flying at 30 000 feet on Valentines day and watching this gives it a different perspective.
The plot isn't really new, but the cast make it a bit more special and this show may withstand a few watches. For those expecting the action and full on explosions associated with another movie which came out almost at the same time - Faster, will be sorely disappointed. Instead this be more of a dark romantic mild action thriller, or just one of love and how that drives us on.
Plot 3.5/5 + extra half point for Ryan and Cary.
Chick Factor - Well Cary Mulligan belongs in the sweet category, and despite her youth, portrays the young mother well. She has a bright future ahead. She brings a certain vulnerability, and sadness, with a delicate nature that the greats like Audrey Hepburn and Glenn Close possess, and with little dialogue she is still able to convey a vast range of emotions. Kudos.
Action: how about a car chase show which is so quiet that it almost passes as a silent movie?
A special mention is needed for a nice soundtrack, which has nice songs like "Real Hero" and other syn-pop hits. I bought the song right after I landed....
This show might not light up the Oscars, especially with some scenes with gratuitous violence, but it will be worth a rental at least. Buy the soundtrack.