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Drive
Drive“You can be the best in the world but
  someone can always let you down,
 
as a highly-experienced getaway driver
  finds out in the hi-octane thriller Drive
 
that has already been hailed as a
  modern masterpiece
...”

NOMINATED FOR FOUR ORANGE BRITISH ACADEMY FILM AWARDS for 2012, the brilliantly-paced and thrill-a-minute Drive was said to be one of the coolest films of 2011 on its theatrical debut — and it is now making its hugely anticipated appearance on home entertainment.

A Hollywood stunt driver (Ryan Gosling: The Ides Of March; Blue Valentine) moonlights as a staggeringly-efficient getaway driver by night; disappearing into the shadows and blending with the crowds with ease.

Known only as The Driver in the film, he is a mystery man with a dark past. His heists go smoothly as he meticulously plans a five-minute slot where he will give himself totally to his assignment, but his love for the young woman who lives nearby is to take him into a highly dangerous game.

His friend and senior car mechanic Shannon (Bryan Cranston) is becoming involved in a race team to be bankrolled by the shady Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks, whose performance in Drive has received Golden Globe and London Critics Circle nominations for Best Supporting Actor). Understatement of the film: Driver, hesitating to shake Bernie Rose's hand as he has been working on a car: "My hands are all dirty"; Rose: "So are mine".

Befriending and forming a relationship with Irene (Carey Mulligan: An Education; Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps) and her young son Benicio (Kaden Leos), the Driver quickly realises that there is an attraction between him and the vulnerable Irene, although she is married.

Irene's ex-convict husband is due to come out of prison, but he has become involved with the wrong people and owes a great deal of money that he cannot pay back. The Driver decides to help him and finds himself behind the wheel of a getaway car and stealing money that nobody will admit to having — but that could have the most dire consequences for all those involved as the job goes horribly wrong.

Cross these guys and you're a dead man. They will stop at nothing; and as events spin erratically out of control, the Driver finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of those around him. After he finds Shannon murdered, he begins to uncover the trail back to the man responsible — and becomes a target for some of LA's most dangerous men. In order to protect Irene and her son, he is forced to do what he does best — Drive.

Nominated for four Orange British Academy Film Awards (Best Film; Best Director, Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson); Supporting Actress, Carey Mulligan; and Editing, Matthew Newman), the smart and classy Drive is an ultra-fast action thriller laden with twists and turns and heart-thumping, adrenaline-pumping excitement that knows no bounds. A stunning film.

Drive made its world premiere in May 2011 at the Cannes International Film Festival where Nicolas Winding Refn was awarded Best Director. Winding Refn and Gosling's new film Only God Forgives, also starring Kristin Scott Thomas, goes into production in Bangkok at the end of January 2012. Speaking from Thailand, Winding Refn exclaimed: "I am very super-cool-happy and I love England. Drive on!!!"

Since then, Drive has wowed audiences and critics; stirring up a flurry of Oscars-related buzz. Not since Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction has there been such assured direction, and knowing respect to the legacy of modern classic cinema. Drive delivers an original style and substance all of its own.

With a notable star turn from Ryan Gosling in the lead role there are many memorable performances from a phenomenal cast. Drive is adapted from James Sallis' 2005 novel of the same name and features one of the hottest young casts to date, headed by Academy Award Nominees Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan — supported admirably by the wonderful Golden Globe Winner Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy; Hellboy) as Nino; Emmy Nominee Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) as Blanche; Oscar Isaac (Body Of Lies) as Irene's husband Standard, and Academy-Award Nominee Albert Brooks (Taxi Driver; Broadcast News) as Bernie Rose.

Original Music is by Cliff Martinez; Director of Photography is Newton Thomas Sigel; Producers are: Michel Litvak, John Palermo, Marc Platt, Gigi Pritzker and Adam Siegel; and the Director is, of course, Nicolas Winding Refn.

Drive is released on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download by Icon Home Entertainment on 30 January 2012. Subtitles: Hard of Hearing | Certificate 18 | RRP: Blu-ray 17.99; DVD 17.99 | Film Running Time: 104 Minutes. College Feature: Electric Youth A Real Hero, taken from the Drive Original Movie Soundtrack.

Special Features (Blu-ray and DVD) — Q & A With Director Nicolas Winding Refn, From the BFI | 2 x Poster Galleries — Capturing Drive: The Anatomy Of A Film Poster; Reflecting Drive: Alternative Poster Designs | Stills Gallery | Drive In Sixty Seconds, Television Spot | UK Theatrical Trailer.

"Smart and classy, Drive is an ultra-fast action thriller laden with twists and turns and heart-thumping, adrenaline-pumping excitement that knows no bounds" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar


"A blood-pumping fuel ride" — The Times

"A masterpiece *****" — The Daily Mirror

"The most stylish film in years *****" — The Independent

"Truly astounding ****" — The Sun