For a heist flick, Nicolas Winding Refn offers more quiet moments than you'd expect. For example, Driver (Ryan Gosling) remains deadpan whether driving a stunt car for a movie or a getaway car for a robbery; that is until his neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her cute son get under his skin. Meanwhile, Driver's partner hooks up with Mr. Rose (a revelatory Albert Brooks), a former movie producer, to set Driver up with a race car. But Irene's ex-con husband returns, a robbery goes awry, and, in general, the wheels fall off. Mulligan and Gosling's moments are touching, but so are Gosling's scenes with Brooks. Like Driver, Mr. Rose seems like a decent guy — as long as he stays away from the cutlery.
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