New film “Drive” fails to be fast or furious

Ryan Gosling proves to be more than just a pretty face in his new movie  “Drive.”

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, “Drive” is more than just an 100 minutes of non-stop car chasing. The film has much to offer to all groups of people.

There is action, romance, drama, and a fair amount of bloodshed going on.

Gosling, who plays the main character, is simply known as “Driver” throughout the film.

His character plays an introverted automobile Hollywood stuntman by day and becomes a getaway driver for criminals at night.

He becomes friendly, and eventually falls in love, with his neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her son Benicio (Kalen Leos).

 Things are going well until Irene’s husband, Standard (Oscar Isaac), returns from jail.

 A group of dangerous criminals start harassing Standard for unpaid debts, and, in order to keep Irene and her son safe, Driver is quick to try to help.

Naturally, things get complicated and extremely violent.

Driver finds himself fully engulfed in something he isn’t quite sure how to get himself out of.

“The Drive” is an intense film. It’s the type that explains itself without the need for tedious dialogue.

Gosling performs the part of the lonely driver well. He is apathetic, intense, and happy when he needs to be, without overdoing any of it.

It does not simply focus on any specific theme, instead allowing the viewer to experience different moods depending on the situation.

The good guys still have bad qualities, while the bad guys sometimes show a ray of good.

The plot will have you, at times, rooting for Driver.

At others, you wonder how he got himself into certain situations, and why he makes some of his choices.

Though many aspects of this movie are well done, and the plot different from those you see in modern movies, it tends to be slow-paced.

Some movies require it, as it raises suspense and people tend to pay better attention. In this movie, however, some scenes seemed to drag on for too long. Then, out of nowhere, some major action scene would play, and then all would be quiet again. While suspenseful and entertaining, the wait doesn’t seem worth it.

“The Drive” hints at a movie that is all action, specifically car racing action, but while that’s where the movie starts and ends, there is a lot that happens in between.

Those patient enough will find it rewarding, if not completely satisfying.