Director - Nicolas Winding Refn
Genre - Crime/Drama/Thriller
Set in an 80's vibe with a pulsating mood-driven soundtrack by Cliff Martinez (we thought it was composed by Angelo Badalamenti at first), this Nicolas Winding Refn vehicle incorporates arthouse sensibility within the genre of action drama. Ryan Gosling plays a stunt driver who occasionally drives the getaway car for robbers. His enclosed world starts to overturn when he falls in love with his neighbor (Carey Mulligan). When her deadbeat husband comes back into her life, our hero is forced to make some of the hardest decisions ever in his life. Ron Perlman and Albert Brooks (playing well against type) are the quintessential thorns in his side, their presence symbolizing bad omens forever waiting to throw his life into the bowels of damnation. There are so many reasons why we love this film we don't even know where to begin. Let's just say everything that could go right in a movie did here, and everything that could go wrong didn't. Oh, and Gosling is so irresistibly cool in this he quite possibly could kick start a trend with toothpicks!
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