This poster and trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn's new drama/thriller Drive have been out for a while now, but it's worth posting them now simply because this definitely looks like a film to watch if you get the chance. It stars Ryan Gosling as an incomparably skilled driver called Driver who does movie stunts during the day and assists with getaways at night. His manager Shannon (Bryan Cranston) is running a pretty good racket by peddling him to both movie directors and crime bosses, but seeks to expand his profits by raising money for a stock car that Driver can race on the professional circuit, and so turns to dodgy investor Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks) who partners Driver up with his own man Nino (Ron Perlman).
Things start to get upset when Driver runs into a pretty young mother called Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her son Benicio (Kaden Leos), whose father Standard (Oscar Isaac) is in prison but about to be released early for good behaviour. Standard finds himself on the outside and none too happy to be facing a man who has apparently been spending time with his wife, albeit platonically. Driver shows willing to back off until he finds Standard beaten up in a garage with his son standing over him, and realises that he's already way too involved in the life of this family to leave them to their fate.
OK, so some of the characters have quite silly names but this film has been getting great reviews, and even if you don't like drama then you should at least be satisfied with the car chasing stunts that feature in the movie. Director Refn has made a good name for himself with films like Bronson and Valhalla Rising and it's starting to look like Drive will be the next step up the ladder for him. The film will be released in the US on 16th September 2011 and in the UK on the 23rd September.