Monday, September 19, 2011

Drive

Drive stars Ryan Gosling as a getaway driver and Hollywood stunt driver for hire. His character is never named, noted only in the credits as "Driver." When he meets Carey Mulligan's character Irene, a young mother who lives next door in a seemingly low-rent apartment building in Los Angeles, and she asks him what he does, he says "I drive." I just want to be sure before I continue the review that you're clear on the complexity of the protagonist, his myriad attributes a deep treasure chest - a boon, if you will - to be discovered by the hopeful audience member and carried out after the film into the world beyond, waiting to be shared. Do you remember what it is that Gosling's character does?