Drive ★★★★★

Drive is undoubtedly one of, if not the best shot film of 2011. Refn perfectly capsulates his neo-noir against the gorgeous neon-lit night-time cityscape, allowing for some of the most drop-dead gorgeous cinematography I've ever seen. The car chase segments that bookend the film are so magnificent in execution that they rival the landmark chase in Bullitt. The way the tension boils before exploding in a hodgepodge of blood and adrenaline is so well done and unlike anything I've ever seen in another film. The 80's-vibe soundtrack is what really makes the film the ultimate experience, however, as I find myself put in a trance every time the opening credits start. But the soundtrack doesn't just drop off after that beginning. Oh no, the songs keep intensifying in their magnificence until we get the repeated listening of Real Human Bean (Being) in our ears. A landmark achievement in cinema that is the ultimate mix of perfect cinematography, mood, lighting, tension, and music. One of the greatest films of the 21st century.

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