To go with this ambiance is electronic music of the highest quality. Each scene was clearly made for the music representing it. Although in all honesty the trailer is misleading. This is a slow movie by action standards; but during the few car chases that are featured there is that ambiance once again.
You hear the roaring of the engines. You hear cars passing by in the whoosh that is so familiar. Metal crunches and tires squeal in awe inspiring crashes.
All in all the film is very quiet. Until the extraordinarily explosive action sequences. In order to get to said action scenes there is pulse-pounding dread. While a quiet man, Ryan Gosling throws out death threats with a cool, steely grace. You do not want to meet his The Driver- which is all he is known as in this movie.
Think of the old Clint Eastwood films. He had no name. He sent out a death-threat. You are plain and simple dead!
Camera angles work in from a lower vantage point to get everyone in the picture for their reactions. It works well.
Speaking of acting... All of them are phenomenal. Kudos to Ron Perlman for his sickeningly brutal performance. Along with Albert Brooks as Bernie Rose. I've never seen him but he was very unnerving in his own right.
Finally for the violence. I warned my mother going in that this is going to be a gory movie. I can say right now, even I cringed a lot. They stay with you. The crunched bones and exposed brains and the slit throats. I can still remember many of the scenes in the movie.
In the final:
Beautifully filmed, slower paced, great action, and astounding performances make this movie's wheels turn inside out. Art-house at its finest.
So go see Drive and be free. Just remember to put on your seat-belt!
******* of *****