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    Jake
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    Boy, was that impressive! Great score. I like how the movie has never lost its pulse, not even for a second. Possible acting nomination for Ryan Gosling – prime example of “less is more”. I doubt any supporting cast member will pull it off – all of them were great but it was more ensemble than anything else. It’s the first time I saw AMC’s stars – Bryan Cranston and Christina Hendricks – on big screen and it was a thrill. However, I somehow felt that it has become too violent for its own sake at some point but I’ll take that. There’s some possibility that “Driver” will be a “Taxi Driver” of its generation. Let’s see. 

     

    Oh, and Carey Mulligan is just wonderful.

     

    I’m relieved that I haven’t seen the trailer before the movie, because it gives one of the most surprising moments away.

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    Ryan_Fernand
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    It started off a little slow, but it was so worth it by the end.  The slow build up made the craziness in the second half even more intense.  Gosling made the perfect choice with Refn as director and he gave a subtle but great performance.

     

    Here are more of my thoughts.

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    Graeme O’Neil
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    My review: http://onthegointo.com/?p=5516

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    Junk
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    Just finished watching this movie, and I enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I came to know that the version I watched was from a leaked screener when half-way through I realized a part of the score was from The Social Network’s and other familiar tunes. :oops

    The director did a great job making this such a tightly-paced action thriller. Ryan Gosling was awesome! Yes, Less is more for him in this case. Mulligan was great as well. Awards-wise, I don’t see this film getting any nominations, except maybe a distant shot at Cinematography.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    My Take:

    Nicolas Winding Refn won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival – which should have been your first hint about the film’s aesthetic leanings – and the film is nothing if not an exercise in style, often to the point of self-consciousness: a lot of intense slow-motion photography, an ’80s-retro soundtrack, and an almost fetishistic attention to close-up violence. The problem comes when there’s more style than story, as in the second half, when the lean plot setup – something about the theft of a bag of money and an attempt to return it (I’ve written about bag-of-money movies before) – is paid off. MY COMPLETE REVIEW

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    TrendyHipster
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    This is probably one of the few times I was able to tolerate Carey Mulligan. There is something about that actress that rubs me the wrong way. She has a rather cold vibe to her.

    With that aside. When I left the movie, with that soundtrack in my end, I was in heaven. I loved it. People expected something else and I got more than the price of admission 🙂 

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    Tye-Grr
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    ^With the soundtrack in your end? Sounds uncomfortable. LOL

    The soundtrack was so good I went and purchased it the same day I watched the movie.

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    Spartak
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    Hmm…Not bad,but Oscar?No way…I think,it’s the same story like with “The Town” last year,but this time it’ll end without any noms (maybe cinematogprahy,but I doubt),both Gosling and Mulligan has better shots in different movies…But,yeah,it’s enjoyble.Can’t understand,how did it get in Cannes?!

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    babypook
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    It’s the other way around for me. Seeing “The Town” do well at Cannes would have been a shock.

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    It got in at Cannes because Winding Refn is an established, acclaimed director combined with it having enough quality and broader audience appeal to make it a legitimate competition film. And then it was one of the minority of competition films to win a jury prize (best director), certainly validating its inclusion.

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    babypook
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    This is just my opinion, but “Drive”, with it’s unflinching violence, creative pacing and overall tone, is an elegant film which belongs in the upper echelons of film.
    I’m not sure the Academy is ready, overall, for it.
    Refn’s films are perhaps not always successful. but his vision is his own and he copies noone. He also has a history of showcasing great performances.
    Wishful thinking perhaps, but I’d love to see the box office catch up with films like these.

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    Scottferguson
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    Winding Refn already is a commercially successful director – Drive is a profitable film already ($43 million worldwide, with much of the globe still to open).

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    babypook
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    Wishful thinking perhaps, but I’d love to see the box office catch up to films like these.

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    Brilliance inmorbid
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    Drive is probably my second or third favorite American movie of the year thus far. That speaks more to how weak this year has been for American movies rather than the quality of this particular flick. I don’t however seeing getting a BP nod. If the box-office had been on point then maybe.

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