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Monday, July 2, 2012

J-Scratch movie review of "Drive".


Drive
Reviewer: JScratch
IMDB - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780504/


Rating - 8 out of 10
Overall thought – An interesting film that builds your interest level as it progresses until it hooks you, well put together and a total must see!

The plot in short. A movie stunt man gets drawn into a shady deal in hopes of protecting his neighbor who he has a growing affection for,until he finds himself in an unexpected situation.

This movie is quite interesting, in my opinion. Never having seen a preview, or having had anyone say anything to me about it, going by the title I was expecting a "Fast & Furious" type movie. The movie’s first sequence starts out good and then mellows out. There is not a lot of dialog or movement at first and I was left with a “where is this going?” feeling. I was starting to wonder about our leading man and the rest of the movie. To be honest, at this time in the early story it was the soundtrack keeping me enthused. The score and soundtrack not only added a great element, they also were quite fitting and complimented the scenes perfectly (except for one song towards the end which I didn’t care for). To my surprise, the movie slowly sucked me in as the short and simple story progressed. I found myself not only completely enthused about finishing the movie, but totally intrigued by the actors. Our leading man’s character development grew on me as I understood the film and by the end I would say he did a spectacular job, as did our leading lady. There is a welcome subtlety about our driver that you may or may not see right away. But stick it out, it will be worth it!

What sets this film apart for me is the massive contrast in so many different elements (Storm vs. Calm, Dark vs. Bright, so to speak) with the visuals and particularly the sound. A scene will be very hushed and quiet, and then out of nowhere, there is an intense rush of movement. There are some VERY violent scenes throughout the story, but they are perfectly logical and the story is dependent on them. Violence does not bother me in the slightest. However senseless violence in movies grows severely tiresome, but this is not the case by any means. This movie also has one of my favorite movie moments, which demonstrates my contrast comment. Towards the end there is a jaw-dropping-beautiful scene between our driver and his neighbor. Without giving anything away, this is the defining scene for me and I’ve been replaying it in my head for a while now; it has made that much of an impact on me. Just an absolutely beautiful scene which has a shocking contrast within it as well. I can’t imagine it being any better.

If you give this movie a chance, it will pay you back and then some.  It will leave you surprised and, most likely, coming back to watch it again and again.

What did you guys think of the movie?

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