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Winding Refn, Nicholas
United States
Ryan Gosling
Carey Mulligan
Christian Hendricks, Albert Brooks
Film Reviews: 

Here is where is this tense, taut drama takes a lurching left-turn into ultra-violence and chaos. Gosling's driver had until this moment seemed like a basically sympathetic, romantic guy – involved in crime of course, but who made a point of not carrying a gun. Now the catastrophe of this last job seems to unlock a psychopathic capacity for extreme brutality. Is this a facet of his personality? Or just a style accessory for the film in general? So many people in this film seem to have the same capacity, and often the violence rips holes in the plot, as well as the bodies. At one stage, somebody kills someone else while chillingly cooing reassurance, yet what he's after is more or less under his is nose, and it doesn't occur to him to look for it. At another stage, someone gets horrifyingly stomped to death in an incautious location, with the body airily undisposed of. A bit of a rash killing in this era of CSI and CCTV and door-to-door inquiries...Then there is Gosling's rule, supposedly a mark of his hyper-strict professionalism. He will drive the robbers as brilliantly as they could ever wish. But only for five minutes. When the five minutes is up, no matter where they are, he parks and leaves them there. What on earth is the point of a jobsworth getaway driver who downs tools after five minutes? A getaway guy surely has to get the robbers to their pre-arranged safe house, no matter what. What do this movie's creators imagine a robbery involves? It's like having a cab driver who says he'll drive you really really fast in the direction of your house, but only for five minutes. The naivety and absurdity sit uncomfortably with all that super-cool violence.[Peter Bradshaw, Guardian]

Film Reviews: 

Fans of this film were very far from happy with my three-star review and complained about my tiresome observations on the subject of the Driver's "five-minute rule", which they said were an toxic combination of pedantry and inaccuracy. They were entirely right to complain. I had simply got it flat-out wrong – and for this I apologise. The "five-minute" rule was for the driver's wait time, not his drive time as I stated; my misapprehension was that the five-minute window extended to the getaway escape, but I had just stupidly got hold of the wrong end of the stick[Peter Bradshaw,Guardian]

Date Arrival: 
30 January 2012

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