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Gosling Scores Best Film Yet in 'Drive'

Fasten your seatbelts for a wild ride with Ryan Gosling in the new crime drama, “Drive." Gosling plays a nameless man who is a stunt driver in the movies during the day and a wheelman at night. He is quiet and emotionless; he rarely cracks a smile.

The driver becomes close with his neighbor, Irene (Carey Mulligan), and her son, Benicio (Kaden Leos), whose father is in jail. Eventually, the driver becomes a little too caught up in the father’s unfinished business.

If you saw the trailer for “Drive” and are expecting an action film such as “Iron Man” or “Fast Five," you’ll be disappointed. This film is different from most current action films and more closely resembles a Clint Eastwood movie. There is action — but in a much more artistic way. Director Nicolas Winding Refn used several interesting and unique camera angles that make you feel like you’re in the room with the characters.

Even though Refn is known for an immense amount of gore in his films, it was over the top in “Drive." I’ve seen my share of violent movies, but this is the goriest movie I’ve ever seen. If hardcore violence bothers you, do not see this movie. It’s disturbing.

But Gosling is stunning. Most agree that this is his best film to date. We see a completely different side of him. Everyone was cast perfectly. Some might say that the characters weren’t developed enough, but I think Refn left a lot for the viewers to determine on their own or to imagine for themselves.

“Drive” is a unique, authentic film that is incredibly crafted. I give it an 8 out of 10 for its exceptional cinematography that almost lets you forget the unsettling scenes.

Katherine Grace Marra is a junior at Weston High School who reviews films from a teen's perspective on her blog www.katherinegracem.tumblr.com .

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