A somewhat shy, mysterious Driver (Ryan Gosling) who does stunts for hollywood films and moonlights as a getaway driver after hours for anyone who will hire him, gets tangled up with his neighbour Irene (Carey Mulligan), and with the return of her husband from prison trouble follows.
As the movie opens we see the credits roll through in neon pink while showing an aerial view over L.A by night. We see driver parked waiting on some crooks to finish a job. He only allows 5 minutes for these people to finish what there doing and never gets involved, he’s only the driver. When we see what he does best its captured nicely from his point of view, and him manoeuvring in between traffic escaping authorities.
It was a movie that had an eighties feel to it, from the way the credits rolled to the way the driving was captured, even the clothes that were worn, even L.A had an eighties feel to it.
When Standard (Oscar Isaac), Irenes husband arrives home from prison, the trouble that follows is a debt that is owed to mob boss Cook (James Biberi). With driver liking Irene more and more and after learning that the mob boss threatened Irene and her son, Benicio (Kaden Leos) Driver decides to drive for Standard from his heist.
The plot to the film is simple, what make it so good is the way its captured, the driving in most scenes is shot very well, from a variety of angles, inside the car, face shots, and outside shots showing the cars in there prime doing there thing.
It isn’t all about driving though it has its fair share of action, which I think makes for borderline horror, and its pretty cool. With some of it really showing as WTF moments, with a hammer.
The film also stars Bryan Cranston as Shannon, who is the mechanic for the Hollywood stunt cars, Christina Hendricks as Blanche who was in the back seat during a car chase and was captured on screen superbly.
Its a movie that falls in to place, and rolls of the screen with its slick, cool factor.