[Check out a clip from Drive.]
September tends to be one of the weaker months of the year, as far as the quality of film releases goes. There's generally at least one diamond in the rough, though, and this year that looks to be Nicolas Winding Refn's pulpy crime flick, Drive.
Drive earned Refn a Best Director Award earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival and continued to generate positive buzz a few months later, when it was screened at Comic-Con 2011. Early footage released from the film likewise indicates that this could be a must-see for movie lovers of all shades.
Today we have an international trailer for Drive, a neo-Noir tale about a man (Ryan Gosling) who works as a Hollywood stunt performer by day, and an efficient getaway driver at night, in the City of Angels. Enter femme fatale Irene (Oscar-nominee Carey Mulligan), a woman whose ex-con husband (Oscar Isaac) gets "Driver" caught up in a dangerous job - one that goes terribly wrong and leaves Gosling's loner with a contract out on his life.
NOTE: There's a brief bit of NSFW violence in this new Drive theatrical preview, which also reveals the unpleasant fate of one particular character. So consider that your SPOILER WARNING.
You can check out that international Drive trailer (ignore the non-English subtitles) below:
UPDATE: In this clip from Drive, we see the Gosling's character ("Driver") being introduced to local gangster Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks). As our own Kofi Outlaw tells it, Brooks (usually a comedic actor) gives such a great performance as a serpentine villain that he may (and certainly deserves) to get an awards nomination for the role.
Check out Brooks' brief but menacing/funny one-liner in this Drive clip below (courtesy of Yahoo Movies):
Those who prefer their action flicks on the dark side should find exactly what they're looking for in Drive, which looks to boast some crisply dark cinematography, macabre violence, and tense car chase sequences that'll have you digging your fingernails into your palms. That kick-ass excerpt of Kavinsky's techno-tune "Nightcall" that you heard in this international trailer is actually part of the film's soundtrack - also a plus.
Refn managed to assemble a great cast for Drive, including Gosling, Mulligan, and Isaac, along with fan-favorites like Christina Hendricks (Firefly, Mad Men), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad). Add to that what looks like a great turn by Albert Brooks as slimy crook Bernie Rose and the acting talent alone should ensure that this will be a memorable Noir tale.
Fair warning - while Drive has been compared to the likes of Quentin Tarantino films such as Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction (re: artsy flicks with bursts of graphic carnage), it's reportedly a very dialogue-lite flick. So don't go see it and expect to walk away with a whole slew of new quotable lines.
Drive makes its way into U.S. theaters on September 16th, 2011.