Drive (2011; USA; Colour; 100m) ∗∗∗ d. Nicolas Winding Refn; w. Hossein Amini; ph. Newton Thomas Sigel; m. Cliff Martinez. Cast: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Christina Hendricks, Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman, Bryan Cranston, Oscar Isaac, Tina Huang, Joe Pingue, Cesar Garcia, Tiara Parker, Christian Cage, James Biberi, Jeff Wolfe, River Stone Mckeever. A mysterious Hollywood stuntman, mechanic and getaway driver lands himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbour. Deliberately paced and intense, but often unpleasant, crime thriller is laced with doses of extreme violence. Elements work well – including a moody electronic score and strong supporting performances, but the one-tone nature of Gosling’s character and some flashy directorial touches make this a victory for style over substance. Based on the book by James Sallis.