Drive premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews and an award for its director Nicholas Winding Refn. To say it shot up on my radar would be an understatement. A red-band trailer for the movie was shown today at Comic Con, but IGN has posted it on YouTube for those of us who can’t be there. Check it out below:
Here’s the plot for Drive, written by the talented Ethan Anderton over at First Showing:
Driver (Gosling) is a stunt driver by day and a getaway driver by night. Shannon (Cranston) is part mentor, part manager for Driver. Always looking to make a buck, Shannon’s current plan is funding a stock car that Driver can race on the professional circuit. Since Bernie Rose (Brooks) is the wealthiest guy he knows, even if the sources of his money are questionable, Shannon proposes he be their investor. After seeing Driver in action at the speedway, Bernie Rose insists Nino (Perlman) partners with them as well.
But Driver’s world changes the day he shares an elevator ride at his apartment building with Irene (Mulligan). When he sees her again at the grocery store with her young son, Benicio (Kaden Leos), he is transfixed, and willingly offers help when they are stranded in the parking lot because Irene’s car won’t start. Soon Driver settles into a routine of driving Irene to her waitress job and watching Benicio, entangled in their lives while her car is fixed. This interlude in Driver’s life abruptly stops when Standard (Oscar Isaac), Irene’s husband, is let out early from prison for good behavior. Driver backs off, respectful of Irene’s desire to keep her family together, but when he finds Standard bloodied and lying in the garage with a scared Benicio standing next to his father, Driver is embroiled even further in Irene’s life. Then trouble begins.
Great buzz, great cast, and a cool as hell trailer? Sign me right the hell up! I can’t wait to see Albert Brooks play a villain.
Drive hits theaters September 16, 2011. To get your Refn fix until then, check out 2008′s excellent Bronson which helped launch the career of Tom Hardy by either renting it somewhere or watching it instantly on Netflix.