A 4SquareMedia Website

SECTIONS
> Wearable Technology
> Appliances
> Automation
> Automotive
> Buyers Guide
> CEDIA 2010
> Comment
> CES
> Content & Downloads
> Digital Photography
> Gaming
> Green Energy
> HD
> Home Cinema
> Home Office
> How Stuff Works
> Installation
> Portable Players
> Media Centres
> Phones
> Real Sound
> Reviews
Accessories
Appliances
Automation
Automotive
Content & Downloads
Digital Photography
Gaming
Home Cinema
Home Office
iPods & Portable Players
Media Centres
Music & Movies
Phones
Real Hi Fi
TVs & Large Display
Wireless & Networking
> Smart Awards 2013
> Smart Ideas
> Trio Awards 08
> TVs & Large Display
> Wireless & Networking
PRODUCT REVIEW
> Featured Reviews
SERVICES
> Advertising
> Competitions
> Contact
> Disclaimer
> Signup
> Terms & Conditions
SUBSCRIBE
> Subscribe to Newsletter
> Subscribe to Magazine



Top 10 Viewed Articles
  1. Who Has The Best LCD TV: Sony, Toshiba Or Samsung?
  2. FIRST LCD TV REVIEW: LG Scarlet 60 Vs Samsung Series 6
  3. Sony PS4 Not Far Away
  4. The Humble PC Gets A Whopping Makeover
  5. Sony Bravia LCD TVs Vs Samsung LED HD TVs Which is Best?
  6. Toshiba Working With Microsoft On New Entertainment Xbox
  7. Blu-ray Xbox 360 Planned By Microsoft
  8. Massive Failure Rate For Xbox 360 Exposed
  9. Free Sony PS3 Con
  10. How To Build Your Own Digital Media Server: Part I
Top 10 Viewed Reviews
  1. First Review: Samsung Series 7 LED TV
  2. Movies On-The-Go With Teac DVD Boombox
  3. Who Has The Best 32-inch Screen: Panasonic, Samsung, or Sony?
  4. Who Has The Best Home Theatre Kit? Denon vs Bose
  5. Every Bit Of Defence Counts
  6. New Denon Home Theatre Makes Bose Look Like Yesterdays Technology
  7. Best Media Player On The Market
  8. At $1,499 The Aldi Medion 17-inch Notebook Is A Steal
  9. Affordable Noise Cancelling Headphones That Work
  10. B&W 600 Speaker Delivers Real Sound





REVIEWS / MUSIC & MOVIES
Company:

Pros:

Cons:

Product Rating:

4.5 Star Rating: Recommended

Editor Rating 4.5

User Rating 0

Review: Drive Is Mercifully Unlike Any Action Movie Before It

By Tony Ibrahim | Tuesday | 01/11/2011

Drive focusses on a Driver with no name, no back story and little in the way of personality. By day he's a Hollywood stuntman, and by night he doubles as the getaway driver for criminals. At the beginning of the film he's quiet, contained and a bit of a loner.

The stoic character meets Benicio, his neighbour's colourful little boy. It's the first time in the movie we see the inanimate driver let a smile slip through a demeanour that is otherwise impervious. The second time is when he befriends Benicio's mother, Irene.

They slowly spend some time together but the release of Benicio's father, Standard, from jail puts a halt on any romance. Standard asserts his presence and the Driver poses no romantic risk, but still makes appearances after forging a friendship with the little boy. 

Even though Standard is a reformed crook, old criminal friends force him to commit one last crime. Realising Irene and Benicio's safety is at stake, the driver offers to help, but when the heist goes bad he's drawn into a world of underbelly thugs and street law.

The driver exacts the form of violent justice only an anti-hero could, but it stems from such a good-natured place—the love he has for a neighbouring family—that it's hard to see him as a villain. After all, the film appeals to anyone in the audience, posing the question: how far would you go to protect someone you love?

Since the driver slowly reveals his character the audience begins to naturally care about him. They care about Irene, the adorable Benicio and even his reformed father. The affection towards these characters endows the action sequences with suspense and that special ingredient that causes viewers to sit on the very edge of their popcorn-stained seats.

The scenes are exquisitely crafted, with the driver exhibiting stealth alongside raw speed when he gets behind the wheel. There's also the added contrast of a slowly burbling engine, idling moments before it unleashes the fury of contained horses: a befitting parallel.

Of course, the gradual falling for the characters couldn't work if they weren't believable, and that's to the credit of the actors. Gosling's performance as the driver who internalises emotions is precise, selling the character with the slightest of tells. Even though the character rarely talks his performance is never flat and the driver is always complete and intriguing.

Carey Mulligan as Irene exhibits graceful vulnerability, showcasing a frailty undermined by stern independence. The circumstances leaves this strong, independent mother weak, and it's a perfect balance that explains why the driver gravitates towards her: it's why the audience does too.

But the credit goes to director Nicolas Winding Refn who steers well away from the traps akin to many Hollywood films. Refn clearly cares about the story and concentrates on the reasons behind Driver's actions and not the actions themselves. From the very beginning of the film he warns audiences Drive is not going to be another Hollywood action flick, ushering in the narrative with pink credits.

Drive is an exceptional flick because it's not an action movie first: it's a good movie that occasionally induces suspense with realistic, believable action sequences. It gives the audience the credit they deserve, recognising they're intelligent and even though they never find out what the driver is running from, they enjoy what the movie drives towards. 

Link this review:
Link this page to delicious Link this page to Digg Link this page to Furlit Link this page to News Vine Link this page to Reddit Link this page to Spurl Link this page to Yahoo My Web RSS this section



LATEST REVIEWS
New LG 65   New LG 65" Ultra High Definition TV, Complete With Pop Down Speakers: REVIEW
LG Australia has finally rolled out their 65" Ultra High Definition TV offering in Australia and what you get is a TV that delivers a quantum leap in TV technology and surprisingly a significantly improved sound system that is delivered from pop down speakers but the big question is whether it is worth $6,999.
Product Rating 4.5

Westfield To Split   Westfield To Split
Shopping giant to separate ANZ, international operation
Product Rating 0

REVIEW:Note 3 Is The Best There Is In Phablet Smartphones   REVIEW:Note 3 Is The Best There Is In Phablet Smartphones
If you are one of those people who love technology but struggle to manage the hundreds of apps and the endless capabilities that today's smartphones are capable of delivering then the new Samsung Note 3 is not for you.
Product Rating 5




SMARTHOUSE NEWSLETTER
Get the latest news
Subscribe today for your daily news of consumer electronic news...
Get the latest news

ADVERTISE
SmartHouse
reaches over 2 million consumers a year. Contact us today about special deals..

For more information ...

LATEST ISSUE
Smarthouse's
Apr/May 2011 issue

reviews the hot new iPhone attach device, the Zeppelin Air. And we look at what's going on in the tablet space...





Reviewed by Tony Ibrahim Rating: 4.5