Release date: 23 September 2011
Running time: 100 mins
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Ron Perlman, Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston, Oscar Isaac
By day, the silent, nameless Driver (Ryan Gosling) is a stuntman who spins wheels and flips cars for Hollywood films. By night, he's a much in-demand getaway man who navigates the labyrinthine streets of LA with speed and ice-cool precision.
The Driver's reserve melts a little for his neighbour Irene (Carey Mulligan), but he exposes a well-hidden vulnerability when he agrees to help her jailbird ex-husband out of a tight spot with the mob. A double-cross then leaves him with only one option - put the pedal to the metal and drive for his life!
Cult Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn ('Bronson', 'Valhalla Rising') announces his Hollywood arrival in style with this tough thriller inspired by the 1968 Steve McQueen classic 'Bullitt'. It's also Brit-actress Carey Mulligan's first full-on action film, while Albert Brooks and 'Hellboy' star Ron Perlman get the bad-guy roles.
Screenplay: Hossein Amini, James Sallis
You should see it because: It fires on all cylinders, with Ryan Gosling as a screen tough guy in the classic mould.
See it if you liked: Death Proof (2007), Drive Angry (2011), Fast & Furious 5 (2011)