Now is it just me, or is Ryan Gosling in everything these days? I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one to think this way as Wikipedia notes that this has been a landmark year for the actor with three major films: Crazy Stupid Love (Click here for review), Drive and The Ideas of March. Although he hasn't done that many movies (he's done a lot, but not as many as some actors his age), I firmly believe that everything he does, he does to the best of his ability. Eight out of the eighteen films he's starred in that are currently out have been nominated for awards. It seems that since 2001 Gosling's been on a roll and I look forward to seeing all his future works because no doubt they will be brilliant too.
|Is that blood I see?|
|*sings* What's your name? What's your number?|
I just checked the rating of this film and it's actually an eighteen. It's not until the second half of the film that you realise why this is needed - there are some really bloody scenes in this which was very unexpected and shocking. Now I'm not a squeamish person but for each and every death in this film I literally jumped back in my seat and covered my mouth because I was so taken off guard. These aren't your average gang murders, these are really gruesome and brutally bloody deaths. No effort was made to mask the brutality of these actions, they were given to you raw and that's probably what made them so effective. You could hear the bones crunching, see the bloody spurting and feel the agony of the victim. There are hammers, knives, razor blades, guns, as well as fists in this film and I have to say the murders are actually quite imaginative.
This movie is probably the best movie I've seen all year. I literally had no idea what to expect at any given moment, it just kept on surprising me - I wasn't even sure when the movie ended! The actors were all so incredible, especially Ryan Gosling, and they could convey every emotion without saying anything, and without moving a muscle, the look in their eye was information enough! There are a couple of high speed car chases to make this film a bit more lively and they're quite exciting scenes, different from your standard Fast and Furious car chases which everyone's seen countless times. I'd definitely recommend that you see this movie because it'll capture your every particle from the beginning to the end, it even received a standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival!
IN CINEMAS NOW.