‘what are warmer than his head so cool’

Various Artists – Drive OST
(Lakeshore, 2011)

When we walked out of the theater on that Friday night, the first words out of my friend’s mouth were ‘two hours of new-age music interrupted by extreme violence‘.  In the minutes, and even hours, following our Drive experience, I have to admit I was less than impressed.  The film had come highly recommended from people I trust, and in a lot of ways it proved to be a big letdown.  Expectations are the number one cause for disappointment, so I am willing to take the blame for the lack of instant gratification I received from what I had expected to be an (intelligent) action flick.

The truth is, this is not an action movie, and despite its name, there is surprisingly little driving in the film.  This is a film about emotion — control and lack of emotion.  A film about quiet heroes, loud villains and how the line between the two can be a very fine one.  The secret to this film’s success lies in the little moments.  There are scenes that haunt you — scenes that are still haunting me weeks later. I’ve got to give it to Nicolas Winding Refn and the incredible cast for that, but if I were to break it down to one single thing that made me change my mind about this film, it’s the music.  I didn’t know how much I missed the synth-driven sounds of the 80’s until I lost myself in Cliff Martinez‘s score.  I didn’t realize how powerful those scenes were until they were projected in my mind every time I heard songs like “A Real Hero” and “Nightcall”.  This is the first time I have experienced a complete 180 on a film based on the soundtrack, and I have to say I am really looking forward to Only God Forgives next year!


the Drive Soundtrack is not on Spotify, so this is a playlist of songs that appear in the movie or are ‘of the same feeling’ as interpreted by our friend, The Kenner.