DVD: Drive (18)


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There was a lot of fuss made about this modern-day Western – it's sort of like Shane, only with cars not horses – upon its cinema release, and Nicolas Winding Refn's slick, violent thriller has a lot to recommend it: Albert Brooks's abhorrent Mob boss, his repellent partner (Ron Perlman) and Bryan Cranston's unlucky mechanic.

However, while Ryan Gosling's hero at the centre of it all is indubitably cool and oddly sympathetic, he is also rather weakly drawn. All we know is that he's fond of his neighbour (Carey Mulligan), he's a fabulous driver (he's a stunt driver for movies by day, a getaway man for hoods by night) and he has a huge propensity for brutality.