I didn't intend on reviewing Drive on here, being that it's not in any way a horror movie, but now that I saw it tonight I absolutely have to say a few quick words, with the hope that those words will encourage at least one person reading this right now to drive as fast as they can to see the movie as soon as they possibly can. It's easy to get carried away in the excitement of coming fresh off of seeing a really good movie and start gushing about how it's one of the best movies you've ever seen, but when it comes to Drive it requires no exaggeration whatsoever on my part to call it a masterpiece, the very best movie I have seen this year. Period. End of story.
Drive is both beautiful and brutal, while remaining utterly mesmerizing from the very first frame to the very last one. I honestly cannot remember any movie in recent years, or ever for that matter, that had me so glued to the screen as I was tonight, unable to divert my eyes even for a second to look behind me and see who the hell was chewing their popcorn so goddamn loudly. I literally had my mouth agape the entire time that I was looking up at the screen, taking in the veritable buffet of awesomeness as if I had never before in my life even seen a movie. This is why us film lovers go to the movies.
Drive has a very simple plot, one we've probably all seen play out before, but it is executed so perfectly on every level that it comes off feeling completely fresh and new. Not a single second of the runtime is wasted and the pacing is impeccable, as is everything from the acting (the Goz is MONEY) to the directing to the writing to the soundtrack. It's like a beautiful love story inside of a Grand Theft Auto game (specifically the 80's themed Vice City), with as much heart as it's got the buckets of blood pumping through that heart, and I was so impressed by it that I feel like there's truly not enough I can say to really convey just how much I loved it. So i'll leave it at this ...
Do yourself a favor and drop the $11.50 to see Drive this weekend, if you haven't already done so. I'm pretty certain you'll find it to be the most well spent money that you've unloaded at the theater this year. Hell, even in the past several years. Take it from me, a dude who's pretty damn broke and who is nevertheless planning on seeing the film a second time this weekend. Movies like this don't come along very often at mainstream American cinemas. Do not miss it.