In "Drive," Ryan Gosling takes any lingering notions of him as simple romantic lead and tosses them out the window of a moving car, then runs them over. Playing a laconic Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver for criminals, Gosling owns his antihero status, vacillating between charm and violent psychosis like it's no big deal.
Joining him for this ride through the seedier side of Los Angeles is Carey Mulligan as a mother in distress, Bryan Cranston as the guy who gets the driver into trouble, and Albert Brooks as a gangster with a thing for Chinese food and fork stabbings. Check out five clips from this intense action-thriller.
1. Get Away. "This is Air Unit 1, we have a visual on a silver Impala driven by the guy from 'The Notebook.' Subject is extremely quiet and handsome, repeat, handsome, over."
2. He’s A Good Guy. Bryan Cranston plays matchmaker between Carey Mulligan and Gosling, all without anyone turkey-basting crystal meth.
3. Elevator. Big guy with a gun + Mulligan = snogging time. Even action heroes need priorities.
4. I Was Gonna Call the Cops. The driver finds Mulligan practicing for the 2011 Los Angeles Sulk-A-Thon.
5. My Hands Are Dirty. Oh double meanings, you make life so much more meaningful.