Drive is what action films should strive to be. Devoid of CGI and with little special effects, Drive executes its action sequences flawlessly, while keeping its audience captivated.
The plot centers around an unnamed man, simply referred to as Driver (Ryan Gosling). His life revolves around cars. He works as a mechanic in a local garage run by Shannon (Bryan Cranston) and does stunts for movies in the daytime. He also moonlights as a getaway heist driver. Shannon refers Driver to mobsters Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks) Nino (Ron Perlman) after Shannon gets the idea of Driver becoming a professional racer.
Along the way, he meets Irene (Carey Mulligan), who is married to Standard (Oscar Isaac), freshly released from prison. A connection forms between Driver and Irene, and he agrees to help out Standard when he runs into trouble. The plot has its fair share of twists and turns after that, and the violence escalates to nearly unwatchable levels.