Drive (2011)

Rating:

One of those movies that seemed to fly under the radar last fall, it was highly rated by many a critic, but faltered in viewer ratings, at least on Rotten Tomatoes.  I was also interested to see the 2nd sexiest man alive in a role that didn’t center around his “photoshoped body.”

I must say, he did very well in this role, but that may have been because he didn’t have to do or say too much.  He only needed to express two emotions:  awkward guy smile, and silent angry guy on a mission.  But he showed those two emotions well.  The entire movie moves at a very slow pace, but always makes you feel like something exciting is about to happen.  I think its a result of the perfectly-matched electronica music that’s playing.  The music is so ambient but with chords of uneasiness mixed in.

Finally, things do get exciting, but it can’t be compared to other vengeance seeking movies like Man on Fire or Taken.  It is a strange amalgamation of calm, cool, and collected with anger, action, and anxiety.  Unlike the aforementioned, it is not a pure action movie.

Overall, enjoyable, but you have to be in the mood to sit through a patient movie.  Somehow it manages to keep you on the edge of your seat with suspense and without ever having too much happen.

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