‘Drive’ Ending Explained

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WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS ABOUT DRIVE!

If you’re reading this, then you’ve already had the chance to watch Nicolas Winding Refn’s pulpy crime-drama Drive, and hopefully enjoyed it as much as we did (be sure to read our Drive review).

Though Drive seems like a standard action/thriller (albeit with some art house style and flare), a lot of movie goers have walked away with questions about the movie’s final moments, which leave a fair amount of ambiguity hanging over the fate of “Driver,” the character played by Ryan Gosling.

In the past with our Shutter Island and Inception Ending Explanations, we here at Screen Rant have had to rely on our prowess as movie aficionados in order to form some logical deductions about what transpired in some of our favorite mind-bending movies, and what filmmakers intended with their ambiguous endings. In the case of Drive, however, we were fortunate enough to snag an explanation right from the primary source: director Nicolas Winding Refn.

When we last see Driver – bleeding out while behind the wheel of his car, before pulling himself together and speeding off into the night – there is a certain amount of lingering doubt about the literalness vs. figurativeness of what we are seeing. When I asked Refn first-hand what the ending of Drive was all about, I expected the typically coy filmmaker to hand me an equally coy answer. However, he was surprisingly straight forward in his response:

Well all my films always have open endings. All of them. Because I believe art is always best when…you talk about it and think about it, so forth. Maybe once in awhile I’ve gone too far, but I always believe in finding the right balance. And in ‘Drive’ he lives on for more and new adventures.

So there you have it – if you were wondering whether or not the ending of the film was to be taken literally, or was some metaphoric death scene, you at least now know how the director sees it.

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He will live on to drive another day.

Refn has continuously referred to the film as a modern Grimm fairytale (unlikely hero rises to battle evil king, saves princess) and I for one always saw the ending as the hero saving the girl, while also being denied the “happily ever after” cliche he may want. Indeed, the implications of the film are such that Driver will likely speed off into new adventures, as Refn claims, albeit still stuck in the lonely and isolated existence in which we found him. The only difference is: he now knows what kind of hero he can be.

Do you have any thoughts to share about the ending of the film? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. I love the film with the ending explained.

  2. Great analysis. Think he’s from the east coast. One long dialogue scene with Cranston. Slips into east coast dialect. Couldn’t control himself. Mask when he kills pearlman-pearlman has been to the east coast, talks about how they treat him like a child. East coast wants him dead. They sent out driver to do this, first to keep an eye on him. Six years-odd jobs, winds up with Cranston. Access to pearlman-vantage point. Never about money. Movie is about truth.

    • @Btl YOUR post is a great analysis. I read it after watching the movie. I wasn’t sure that I agreed with you at the time but I was impressed with your critical thinking. After watching it a second time I kept your analysis in mind. Brilliant! Your theory does not contradict anything at all in the movie. It fact I think your theory would in fact enhance the film. Absolutely fantastic job Btl!

  3. Why didnt he take the money?I mean,c’mon.Really?

  4. The ending was awful. Why couldn’t he go back home and have the girl take care of his wounds….that’s the last scene I was looking for. Or they just have sex finally. Either would have worked. And wtf, take the money for god sakes. Movie was good, ending painful

    • Hey this is not a fairy tale… life is not so simple

      • life is not so simple? I’m not saying the girl should have tended the wounds, but an ending where they are driving off in the sunset or something like that would have put the cherry on this story line. The biggest problem with B movies and Sundance movies and others like that is they go to far outside the box into a weird, messed up, disturbing, or just plane bad story… This movie was excellent, I loved everything about it. It was almost perfect in a different and fresh way. But the ending… not the best. Not explained enough and in the end, he didn’t get the girl. This started out as a love story and ended as a sorry life story. I respect this movie, just not the end. Truly this is the wrong ending to this story.

        • I thought that Driver didn’t want to disrupt Irene and Benicio’s lives with anymore drama or put them in any more danger. Maybe people saw him and Bernie at the Chinese restaurant together and he knew when they found Bernie’s body outside, cops and/or criminals would be looking for the guy he was with. Maybe he figured there might still be mob guys somewhere down the line looking for the guy who killed Nino. And, judging by the scene in coffee shop where he was recognized by an old passenger, he could be in danger of being marked if he hangs around town. I figured the last thing Driver wants to do is bring more danger and pain to the girl and her kid so he split.

    • Not taking the money makes no sense to me but what really annoyed my was letting Bernie stab him. He clearly knew it was coming, Bernie said as much in the restaurant. Why didn’t he kill Bernie like he killed Nino? And why in the world would mobster Bernie go to the restaurant by himself? That was kind of ridiculous. I understand not wanting anyone else to know what was going on but that’s exactly what goons are for. Be the muscle and don’t ask any questions.

      • I agree. It seemed unlikely that someone who managed to kill armed men with his bare hands couldn’t somehow avoid getting stabbed.

  5. The first time I saw the movie, I was thinking : ‘this is the perfect way to let the audience make their own mind up ; Driver could be dead, leaving town or on his way to Irene…’ But then, (after countless viewings of this phenomenal movie) i started to wonder : what happened to the money ? Driver is a real hero, and i dont think its very likely that he would take what he thinks belongs to Irene. Therefore, i’ll opt for the sentimental ending, the one where Driver is heading straight to his reward – THE GIRL !!!

    • He left the money laying on the ground next to Bernie’s body.

  6. An ending is an ending, this leaves your own mind to find a conclusion, I like not being spoon fed drivvle…

    I am left with one question…
    “Sherman”???

    When I heard Albert Brooks say that one word I had that Dory moment!
    Meeting place was “Sherman Way”, instantly images of Nemo’s dad and Dory coming flooding into my brain “P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney.”

    Can someone tell me if this was deliberate, I need to know!!!

    • Sherman Way is an actual street in Los Angeles.

  7. The Driver was NOT going back to Irene, because like Albert Brook’s character (Bernie Rose) said, “for the rest of your life, you’re going to be looking over your shoulder”, because the East Coast Mafia, the ones whos money belongs to them knows about HIM, not the girl. So the Drive took out Bernie and left the money because it didn’t belong to him. He left Irene because he knew the Mob would come after him and find out about her, and he didn’t want that. So he left his love and his life, and drove out to live the rest of his life.

    • after reading and watching movie I think your answer is what happened ..I mean it makes the most sense..He loved her enough to let her go..when at the end of the movie she knocks on his door speaks volumes on her regrets on not taking him up on his offer prior to the elevator scene ..if that had not happened im pretty sure it would have ended different. Ryan Gosling is a very underated actor..He was perfect in this movie.

  8. I really liked the movie and the ending. I agree with with director having an open ending so you can think and talk about it much like what we’re doing right now. I think the reason he didn’t take the money or go back to the girl is because that’s not who he is, he’s a solitary guy that got people hurt when he tried to get close to them.

    • I love the idea that Blue Valentine is a prequel… The Driver’s solitary existence comes from having seen how even perfect love can wither away over time, making him cold and afraid to fall in love- and therefore expose people to his bitterness.

      The final scene of blue valentine sees him walking away from his child and the love of his life and on to the next chapter of his life.

      I think he sees a lot of Michelle Williams’ character in Irene- and his paternal instincts with Bernicio are obvious.

      Perhaps he does leave at the end of drive; because he knows that things can never stay the same way.

      That said… The driver and Irene are ‘the only players left in the game’.

      The phone call to Irene before the final scene is inconclusive. Bernie needs Driver out of the picture because he is the only one who can link the mob to the ‘family’ cash. But when Bernie dies, who is left to link him to the heist?

  9. I am sorry you are wrong, the east coast mob DIDNT knew about him!. That’s why they wanted him dead, so that the heist could never be traced back to the west coast mob.
    SO IF KNOW ONE ELSE KNEW WHY NOT TAKE THE MONEY; GET THE GIRL AND GO SPEND IT IN AN ISLAND ON THE CARIBBEAN?-
    I must say I hated the ending, I dislike OPEN ENDINGS, if I wanted that Id just watch one episode of a series. But this is worse, because you cant choose to see what happens next…you have to IMAGINE it… and if I wanted imagination I d be creating my own movie not going to see someone elses.
    Anyways…. yes the HERO who is also a needlessly call blooded assasin, thinks that STEALING is WRONG…….. WTF?

    • LOUD NOISES

  10. Open ending! Means that the ending is up for your interpretation of the story and there is no one ending as some of the people here think there might be.

    My preferred ending is that he was the “scorpion” in the story and he didn’t want to “sting” or hurt the girl and Benicio because it is in his nature to be violent(I hope everyone is familiar with the story about the frog and the scorpion that he mentioned and its significance in the movie). I think he started out as the frog but later found out he was really the scorpion. Some people might argue no but remember the elevator scene where he smashed that guys head in? That was a little excessive. just one example.

    So I think he drove off into the sun, like a classical cinematic western cowboy hero scene in the end. Awesome ending!!!

  11. Just saw the movie for the first time, and WOW! I have sooooo many questions.

    First of all, and I have not read all the comments yet, but I still am not sure whether the driver died or not. Actually, this scene in the car, where he stays still with eyes open, is a riddle for me. I must admit that I held my breath until Gosling blinked! By the way, this made me think about a previous scene, with the driver and Benicio in Shannon’s garage: the kid was looking at the driver and then blinked, which made Gosling laugh (did not understand this scene either…).
    Back to the final scene in the car, I just don’t understand why Gosling SMILES with (what seems to be) relief after he blinks, then you see a short scene with Carrie, then you see Gosling again, driving in his car and then he CRIES… I don’t get it.

    Another question : how is Gosling stabbed on his left side and then bleeds on his right side? I can not believe this is a mistake because it is so obvious.

    Another question : why does he still wear the mask to kill a guy who knows who he is and what he looks like (and who is going to die anyway)? I can understand the driver puts the mask to look into the restaurant, in order not to be recognized, but then why does he keep the mask on when he’s on the beach?

    Another question : how can a mechanic be so talented at killing people with his bare hands?

    Anyway, I think I have to rewatch this movie, for I am sure I missed a lot of things. For example, I missed a huge detail: only after the movie did I realize that we did not even know what was the driver’s name…

  12. Really?
    So “Driver” lives to fight another day? The final song “Real Hero” is that to indicate he is some sort of a hero? He’s a criminal who drives for criminals. What was the need to wear the full head mask at the end? No one saw him as he used his car to push Nino’s car off a VERY convenient cliff.

    Why did he leave the money? He couldn’t get it to Irene and her son if he is so talented?

    The gratuitous violence was not “art.” It was a Mature rated pretentious video game.

    Awful movie.

    • You madamn, are a snob.

    • Simply because this fine piece of cinematographic work didn’t conform to the cotton candy b******* you wanted doesn’t make this a bad film in any regard. The Driver is what anyone with a common knowledge of the real world calls an anti-hero. In essence he is good. Within the principle of siding with good an evil, he is good, and without a doubt heroic. He simply acts upon it in unconventional ways. The violence was added tastefully, as is characteristic of any neo noir thriller of the sort, and for you to criticize the motives and actions (or lack thereof) of a fictitious character and to demean what the director decided to have him or not have him do just makes you seem like a close-minded, ignorant snob. I know your mommy probably didn’t teach you to think before you say something stupid and pointless, but you’ll learn in the real world that it really does everyone a favor when you refrain from spouting off random crap just because you can. 

      And anyone with half of a brain would be able to immediately infer that the money was left next to the dead body to clear myself and Irene of any debts or wrongdoings. Taking her the money would simply further implicate her with the real criminals of the movie, in the long run, put her in far more danger, and most likely get here and her son killed.

    • I take great offence at that! Video games can be great works of art!

  13. Just watched this movie for the third time and noticed something quite odd. I first watched in on an airplane, then watched it on blu ray last week, finally i watched in on my PC today. I downloaded it (naughty i know). It was a screener (a pre cinema version of the film) and the ending was slightly different!! In the screener when driver speeds off in the final scene the camera doesn’t pan down to show the money left behind, giving the audience the impression he still has it. I guess the director wanted to make it known that the money was left behind after the screening process, probably listening to viewers feedback. That’s why theres a few comments on this board asking what happened to the money, they have obviously watched the screener too. New ending better imo, he left the money and killed the last guy who knew who he was – dead. The police would recover the money and it would be known then to those east coast mobsters there’s no point trying to recover it anymore, so he’s effectively off free. Maybe he did go get the girl though, that’s personal interpretation i think. I also think a few lines of dialogue may have been different in this screener, not sure tho. Definitely buying the DVD when it comes down in price a bit, absolutely amazing film. I can’t remember the last time i watched the same film twice in one week!

    • My thoughts exactly…Im STILL thinking about this movie..gonna have to watch it again..definately buying it ..great movie perhaps one of the best I have seen in a while. I didn’t like the ending though ..not a big fan of open endings.

  14. This is a great movie, it provides a great air of escapism for any action movie goer for a couple of hours.. however there are several mistakes made in the screenplay(suggesting that the director and screenplay artists were rushed to finish..), for instance the headlights and front end of the Drivers car were undamaged after pushing the “target car” flying over the cliff and on to the beach. second mistake I noticed was that the driver suddenly lost all of his ‘skills’ when confronted with Bernie’s blade(why did he not see this coming? why did he not “judo chop” the blade from Bernie’s “fat ass hands”?). and several other mistakes however trivial are mistakes none-the-less but we don’t have to go in to now because they’re not plot-related.

    Coming to my actual point about this flick, this movie does NOT resemble GTA in the slightest… This movie IS much more similar to the video game(ironically?) called Driver!! oh my God yes this contains so many similarities that I do believe this story to be based on the game. for Pete’s sake the movie is called Drive? and the Lead Role is tagged as the “Driver”! his car even resembles and SOUNDS LIKE the Drivers car in the game “Driver”! yikes……! you know what, I’m betting this was ripped from the game…I’ll bet 100 dollars it was.

    Anyhow the fact this guy happens to have grown some feelings for this sweet mom he met is no surprise to me. even if he is a hardened criminal, from the east coast, maybe even a mob operator/hit-man/getaway driver/mechanic? people are both the frog and the scorpion. this we know for sure people can be both fighters and lovers.

    I do believe as far as the ending goes that he knew that he severed all connections and leads for the mob to follow and likely did return to the mother and child’s side after being treated for the near fatal wound he had received. he left the money at Bernie’s body to insure there was no lead to him and his “new family”(the mother and child he would now be watching over as a hero). and he didn’t want her thinking he was a thief. thereby “saving face” or recovering his honor in her view. making him a hero not a criminal zero in her eyes, like her ex was.

    Frankly I hate the ending!!

    I hate having to draw my own conclusions during and after viewing a movie. why can’t you button it up tight for us? mister director? sorry, but you’re an ass for not doing so. this so called “artistic” ending that leaves me wondering makes me want to smack you hard. grow some balls and just simply tell the story. Are you afraid to put an ending to it? Afraid of the scrutiny? I love this movie right up until the point when the Driver gets stabbed.. it simply made me want to leave the theater mumbling and grumbling profanities…

  15. I know that this doesn’t leave an opening for a sequel. Usually sequels suck. I’m not sure if James Sallis wrote a sequel to Drive. But a sequel would be cool but what would they do. I mean there’s no one left to try and kill him. Except maybe the other mafioso’s look for him because the people he killed. I don’t either way great movie.

  16. I just watched this movie yesterday, and absolutely loved it! But the ending, I kept on backing up to view it again and again with the thought that, “did I miss something?”. My conclusion was the same, that I guess the director wanted the viewers to make up the ending.
    I thought that it felt like the driver just left the city and moved on to somewhere else. As much as I wanted to believe the fact that he was driving back home to the girl, the above mentioned conclusion was what my mind wanted to believe in. I wish there was that usual happy ending where he goes back home, gets the girl, goes to bed with her and then the credits roll in!
    The ending definitely disappointed me! :(

  17. In the opening scene, he drives a normal looking chevy impala, but there is really an upgraded engine in it “I dropped in 300 horses on the inside”. When the mobsters buy the race-car “This is just the shell, it’s the inside that counts not the outside, right Shannon?”. This, his complete lack of emotion, and the soundtrack “a real human being”, make me believe that we were meant to see driver as a machine. I believe that driver is more a part of the cars that he drives than a person and this is a story of him trying to be a feeling loving person but he can not.

    Please let me know what you think!

    • Driver also takes home a small part of the engine home with him. He is working on it when Standard’s home coming party is happening in Irene’s apartment. The part may well be a carb, often described as the ‘heart’ of an engine. The implication is that Driver is working on, trying to fix his ‘heart’.

  18. I thought this movie was really terrible the first time i saw it. I decided to give it another chance through netflix and once again terrible. The fact that he didnt take the money at the end absolutely ridiculous. If it was because it didn’t belong to him and he wanted to protect the girl,that doesn’t make sense either, because he has no guarantee that they would leave the girl alone. The movie just tried to hard to be cool. I hate when they dont take the money in movies, it would never happen

  19. Why does he leave the money?

  20. I get the feeling that a lot of the people that are unhappy with the ending still wear velcro shoes. Its time to learn tOio tie your own laces kiddes! Thats life!

  21. The movie was perfect for me. I had a feeling the ending was exactly that: the hero speeding away into the night and onto his next adventure. Glad I came here to confirm it.

  22. Wow. Gosling did a fantastic job. This is the kind of movie I love. Great art…

  23. I believe that some people might be disliking this film for the wrong reason(s). From the comments that I’ve read here and on the IMDB message board, people don’t like the movie because they found it to be boring, disliked and/or didn’t understand the ending, or didn’t like the driver’s mannerisms/violent behavior. I’ll explain why these reasons may be fallacies, and try to support what I say with evidence from what we saw in the movie, along with a little speculation (feel free to disregard my speculations if they aren’t convincing enough). To start, I believe those who say that the film is boring were expecting something different from a movie listed in the “Crime”,”Drama”,”Thriller” categories. In all fairness, I had no idea what genre this movie was before I watched it, I just heard a lot of talk about it (good and bad things) so decided to see what it was all about. In a mindset expecting non-stop action, you may have missed the fact that the quiet, serene scenes are in fact very important in setting up the whole conflict in the film, which is that the driver seems to be seeking something different in his life, abandoning his association with criminals and profiting from criminal activity, as well as finding love, all of which proves to be a chore. I say that he is looking for something different in his life because in the beginning his expression is blank, leading me to believe he has a mundane view on life, however in the scenes when he is with Benicio, he seems entirely content (for example, when the babysitter enters Irene’s apartment and he doesn’t take his eyes off the TV while sitting with Benicio). Keep the fact that both Irene and the driver both love Benicio in mind. The scene where the criminal recognizes the driver and asks him if he would be interested in doing another job (to which he declines) shows that the driver has no interest in helping criminals anymore, likely because he sees his love for Irene and care for Benecio to be something to live for, and wouldn’t want to mess his future up over some dirty money. The awkward quiet scenes of him and Irene looking at each other, having long pauses in their conversations, ect. hints that they have mutual feelings of attraction for one another. In the conversation between Cook and the driver, the driver explains that he likes having understandings with people. The driver lashed out on the criminal who tried to pin blame on the driver for messing up a getaway, and explains that the criminals failed to comply with his rule that he wouldn’t be held responsible if something went wrong because the criminals took too long. Irene and the driver are both lonely, Irene probably likes the idea of Benecio having the driver as a father figure for him – just as the driver evidently enjoys that role, and the way that they actually broke the ice with each other can be seen as both serendipitous and fitting; Irene’s car breaks down, the driver is a mechanic and seizes the opportunity, not only as a chivalrous gesture, but also because it seems that she is someone he admires and wants to get to know. When Irene breaks the news to the driver that Standard will be released from jail, she seems hesitant and uneasy telling him, likely because she realizes that this is probably the end of their possible love relationship. During the scene when Standard’s “welcome home” party is going on, Irene seems unimpressed with Standard’s behavior. The camera cuts back and forth between a shot of Irene and a shot of the driver each in their respective apartments at that time, likely hinting that they are thinking of each other. Irene steps out and sits outside of her apartment. The driver steps of his apartment too, almost as if their thoughts were in the same place. Although the driver certainly isn’t too happy about the fact that Standard is out of jail (because he did in fact want to start a relationship with Irene), the driver understands the circumstance and isn’t hostile toward Standard. During the scene when Irene, Standard, and the driver are sitting around a table talking, Standard discusses the first night he met Irene. Standard mentions how Benicio “popped out” of Irene, which gave me the impression that he wasn’t as thrilled about having a son as the driver would have been. This scene gave me more reason to believe that Irene would be happier with the driver as a husband rather than Standard, though she never directly says that to the driver whatsoever (important). When the driver finds out about Standard’s situation (owing money), he probably sees eye to eye with Standard, knowing that Standard wants to get out of criminal business just as he does. With the driver’s newfound love for Irene and Benicio, he is willing to take a risk to help Standard knowing that Irene and Benicio’s lives are at stake too. When Standard was shot, the driver likely made the deciscion to take off because he knew Standard was dead (it was pretty obvious he wouldn’t survive). When Blanche and the driver make it to a hotel room, the driver finds that the story on the news doesn’t match up with what actually happened, and this is pretty much the first time that the driver acts in an unexpected way; he pins Blanche down and demands her to tell him if it was a set up. She lies, so he slaps her. When she reveals the truth, you should realize that his actions were NOT out of line — he specifically tells her that she cost a child their father. Nothing led me to believe that he would be cynical enough to actually find this as a GOOD thing (Irene being widowed, giving him an opportunity to be with her and become Benicio’s guardian), so I believe he was speaking to Blanche honestly. Unfortunately, when the driver makes it back to his apartment building and explains to Irene that he now has a million dollars and makes the suggestion that maybe they could start a life together, Irene seems to think otherwise, or at least thinks that the driver isn’t saddened in the least about Standard’s death. Irene slaps the driver, which would count as another nonverbal communication between the two of them. I believe that the slap made a lot of sense to the driver, seeing that Irene and the driver are very strongly connected and see eye to eye on many things. When they get on the elevator with the man who was sent by Nino, it’s possible that Irene’s love for the driver showed, because she didn’t refuse his kiss — after all, it was Standard’s fault (debt) that Irene and Benicio were in danger, and she SEEMED to have not as much feeling for Standard as she did for the driver, just as the driver seemed to be more happy than Standard to be a father figure for Benicio. When the driver stomps the guy in the elevator’s head in, obviously delivering one more stomp than necessary, Irene notices this, and I believe it shows that the driver is taking the fact that Irene and Benicio were threatened very seriously, not only because he loves them, but because they are INNOCENT. This is also evident when the driver holds same the bullet given to Benicio as a threat up to Cook’s forehead with a hammer ready to strike it – the driver wants to express his disgust with their willingness to shoot an innocent kid by threatening to hammer a bullet into Cook’s forehead. To those upset with the ending, claiming that it was garbage because you don’t get to find out what happens between him and Irene, my interpretation is that this is not important. What IS important however, is that Benicio (who is loved by both Irene and the driver) is safe. I find myself lucky enough to know that the director confirmed that the driver lives at the end, because without knowing that, there is the possibility that although we see the driver start his engine after being stabbed, there is no confirmation in the movie itself that he survives. In all, I say the “boring” scenes are important to the plot, the ending was good, and the driver’s sometimes violent actions were well-justified. Please correct me if I got any facts wrong about the movie (I have only seen it once) and let me know if you agree or disagree.

    Also, I have a couple of questions about the movie. If anyone can help me, I would appreciate it, because it would help me understand the ending much better. Does the driver in fact have anything to worry about with regard to keeping the million dollars at exact point in time when he kills Bernie? I ask because it seems that the people that the money is actually belonging to wouldn’t have come in contact with the driver. If he had taken the money, would the actual owner of the money have the ability to find that the driver was the one who had taken it, or is this just something we don’t know? If he had the risk free opportunity to take the money and he didn’t, I would suspect that he made that choice because of how Irene reacted (slapped him) when he mentioned sharing a million dollars with her… leaving the money behind would be a way of him maybe better appreciating his job, possible wife, and child.

    If I understood correctly, at the end of the film, Irene and Benicio are in fact safe but the driver wouldn’t be. Even if this was the case, I could still see there being the possibility of Irene and the driver being together – Irene could raise Benicio alone until he was old enough to move out (yes, a long time!) and then her and the driver could be together without putting Benicio in direct risk. This would of course put Irene at risk, but she may make that sacrifice for love, especially since the driver put his own life at risk for hers.

    • Idk why people can’t grasp that a stab wound to the abdomen is not a fatal stab. I like to think that the “bad guy” f***** up when he went for his body Ryan ended up getting him in the neck which quickly ended him. Also the movie is supposed to leave you hanging. I like when a filmmaker lets the people decide how the story ends. And the reason why he doesn’t take the money is just based on principle. He sees it as blood money almost. He also is very simple he has access to many nice cars but still drives his beat up car. Didnt want the money didn’t need it.

      • whoa! i just reallized, that when he stabbed the other guy, he kind of played with him, not a killing would first, so this makes sense.

  24. Why the driver can drive ti search for new adventures and be with the girl? I think that this happends eventually in some period of time they’ve got to get togheter. That’s my point of view about the ending

  25. Also I think that the mani character is designed to not be catalogued just listen to the song ” a real human being…” all of ya have both sides with in the good ones and the bad ones the main character took both sides to the limit

  26. I’d love to see a behind the scenes or making of for this movie. I’m picturing the director talking to Gosling, “Okay, now I just want you to sit there are stare out into space for a few minutes.” A few minutes later, “Ryan, in this scene you’re going to stand here and stare out into space for like 5 minutes straight.” Later, “Okay people I just want you to sit there and not look at each other or talk or anything. Action!”

  27. Having watched the film last night, a number of things struck me. I have made sense of this film now, I believe.
    The film is not an action film per say. It is the study of a sociopath. Driver is alone in the world, a man without a name. He is quietly obsessed by the movie industry in which he plays a small part. He is a backround player, on the other side of the business to the glitz, glamour and the fame. The first clue we get to this is the scene where Driver is prepairing himself for his stunt job in the first half of the film. As the camera tracks towards Driver putting on the mask, we catch a glimpse of the film’s star( the film Driver is stunt double on) in a mirror. The Star is chatting away to one make up lady while another floats near by. It’s a quick glimpse, then the camera tracks past him and on to Goslin putting on the mask prior to doing his stunt. So, we see the film star’s face reflected in a mirror and on the other side of that mirror is Driver. Refn is high lighting a contrast here. On one side of the mirror is the film’s star, with ladies hovering around him, seemingly enjoying his company(no doubt, the assumtion is that they are excited to be around a movie star) and on the other side is Driver, quietly putting on his mask, with no one paying attention to him, not even the other actor sitting right beside him, to his left. Refn has been carful to place Driver’s face exactly where the films star’s face is reflected, though on the other side of the mirror. It we took the mirror away, the films star would be looking directly at Goslin sitting there with his mask on, it would look like a reflection of his own face. This little detail is symbolically significant. I think, from that, we can assume that every time driver looks in a mirror, he imagines himself as a movie star, or at least when driver or another character is reflected in a mirror, driver is re-imagining what is happening in his life as the film he is staring in in his head (much the same notion as in Mullholland Drive) If you watch carfully, mirrors feature regularly.
    There are a number of scenes that come after a close up of goslin’s face. The scene where Driver walks in to the strip joint and confronts Chris comes just after we see goslin’s face. There’s then a disolve into the next shot. I believe this sequence is an unanounced reverie, where Drivers imagines himself in his own film. I’m not sure if the scene actually happened any where other than Driver’s head.
    So, to sum up. Driver imagines his life as a film, in which he has the starring role( this is why Driver steals the mask and puts it on when he goes after Nino. It is a chance to live out his fantasy in real life. To be a movie star.Why else war the mask of the movie star’s face?) Hense, the ending of the film is how Driver imagines his film ending. As he slowly dies from the stab wound, he has one last reverie, of him driving in to the night to continue his super heor role. There is, of course, no sequel, because Driver dies right there in the parking lot. The end is all in his head.

    • …..one more little detail to back up my arguement. The scene I mentioned, Driver in the strip joint dressing room, is full of mirrors. It backs up my theory that every time we see a mirror, Driver is either imagining his film in his head or we, the audience, are actually watching the Driver’s film.

    • I’m with everything you said except the ending. Didn’t you read the article above? He lives to fight another day and there may even be a sequel.

      • I did read the article, I just don’t agree with it. There’ll be no sequel. That’s Refn being playful I think. He knows well what happened to dirver. Driver died in the parking lot from his stab wound. If someone else took the job of directing a sequel, well, it would have none of the intellectual element Drive has as the existential element will have been taken away.

  28. In the last scene, the |Driver rides into the night. He has no blood on the hands. So he must have survived. If he got the girl in the end or not, that is a different story. And it remains for everybody to imagine the future. :)

  29. Wrong lol,sorry to be blunt. This film, rather like Mulholland drives takes place in ‘real’ life and in the protagonists head. Some scenes are ‘real’ and some are Driver imagining himself staring in his own film. The last scene is in Driver’s mind, it’s him imagining the end of his own film. If we look at Refn’s previous film, we see more evidence to back my theory. Bronson say’s ‘all my life, I have wanted to be famous’. I think Refn is just taking that notion and applying it to his next protagonist. If Driver was as demonstrative and larger than life, he may well of said the same thing. It’s a more sophisticated reading of the film, but if you read up on other directors, like Kubrick, Scorsese, David Lynch, David Cronenberg, The Coens, you ‘ll know that directors always add sophisticated elements to their films, not always in the hope that the audience will ‘get’ it. This is what Refn is up to.

    • Dude you are not correct. Read the article you are posting on before actually posting. The director straight up says, “in ‘Drive’ he lives on for more and new adventures”.