The opening of this movie is amazing. The mood it sets, the mystery, the driver. I was hooked from the start. It kind of reminded me of a Michael Mann film. Collateral in particular, which is a very good thing. The movie manages to keep this mood for a respectable amount of time before falling into all too familiar, and oddly violent, territory. If only they had elected to stick with what they started with. Feels to me like they(the director? producer?) lost their nerve, and shoehorned in the tried and true for fear of losing their audience.
Despite this, Driver still ends up being a pretty darn good movie. I loved the "feel" of the movie, from the lighting and cinematography, to the soundtrack.
Ryan Gosling, who I've barely seen on film due to him doing nothing but garbage films, plays stoically menacing really well here. Almost too well at times.
Carey Mulligan is the requisite love interest, and plays her part just fine. I'm not too fond of her as a blonde, though.
It's when Albert Brooks and Ron Pearlman's roles expand that the movie starts to lose it's way. Both play stereotypical roles that each of them have played numerous times before. I was bummed when I realized where the movie was headed, as I didn't think it was THAT type of film.
STILL. This is worth it for Goslings Driver, some great chase scenes, and just see get a look at a well made film.