Netflix Instant Pick: Drive
Who knew that a Hollywood stuntman moonlighting as a getaway driver would stumble into some shabby business? Well, okay, maybe that part is obvious, but this is one of those surprising gems that’s much deeper than the subject matter suggests.
From the first scene, where Ryan Gosling’s character shows off not just his fast driving skills but his cucumber cool and evasion smarts, you’ll be hooked.
Of course there’s automatically even more shadiness when the stuntman falls for a married lady whose old man is in prison, especially when he returns. Naturally, after hanging with his wife and kid in a way that makes the husband nervous, the stuntman ends up doing a drive to help the ex-con do good on a deadly debt, and you can guess how well that goes.
But I won’t give too much away. I’ll just say any movie that somehow pulls off a hot make-out session and beating someone to death in the same scene has really got something unique going on.
And the acting is well-done from everyone in the cast, including Carey Mulligan, Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Ron Perlman (lots of stuff), who’s not wearing prosthetics for once.
The soundtrack is also as surprising as the emotion evoked in a movie that could have easily been just a bang, bang, double-cross flick. If you’re not squeamish about a few mobster-bloody scenes, I say give it a try.