Movie: Drive

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Ryan Gosling as Driver
Carey Mulligan as Irene
Bryan Cranston as Shanno
Albert Brooksas Bernie Rose
Oscar Isaac as Standard Gabriel
Ron Perlman as Nino Paolozzi / Izzy
Christina Hendricks as Blanche 
Kaden Leos as Benicio
James Biberi as Cook
Director: Nicolas WInding Refn

Driver lives in a low-rent apartment building and works as a mechanic in a chop shop owned by Shannon (Bryan Cranston), and as a part-time movie stuntman. He also has a secret job as a getaway driver, organized by Shannon, where his rule is that he never works for the same people twice and only gives the criminals a five-minute window to complete their robbery, after which he will leave them behind. One day, he meets his new neighbor Irene in the apartment building elevator and later helps her and her young son Benicio when Irene has car trouble at a local supermarket.
Shannon persuades the mobster Bernie Rose to purchase a stock car for the Driver to race after seeing the Driver's skill.
Irene has her car towed to Shannon's garage and the Driver gives her and Benicio a ride home. The Driver begins spending more and more time with Irene and Benicio, and later meets Irene's husband, Standard Gabriel. Standard owes protection money to an Albanian gangster, Cook, from his time in prison. Cook beats up Standard and threatens to go after Irene and Benicio if Standard does not agree to rob a pawn shop to pay the debt.
The Driver agrees to help Standard pay off the debt by driving him to and from the pawn shop. Blanche, Cook's moll, also participates in the heist. When Standard leaves the pawn shop, he is shot in the neck and dies. The Driver flees with Blanche and the money and they hide out in a motel room. The Driver discovers that the amount of money is much more than was expected. After the Driver threatens Blanche, she tells him that she and Cook planned to double-cross the Driver and Standard, taking the money for themselves. Two of Cook's men attack them in the motel room, killing Blanche and injuring the Driver before he kills them both.
The Driver confronts Cook in his strip club and learns that Nino was behind the heist. Nino sends a hitman to the Driver's apartment building, with whom the Driver and Irene unknowingly ride the elevator. The Driver gives Irene a kiss before killing the hitman by repeatedly stomping on his head, to her horror. Nino explains to Bernie that the money from the pawn shop belonged to the East Coast mafia. Fearing retaliation, Bernie and Nino agree to kill those with knowledge, starting with Cook. Bernie confronts Shannon in his garage and reluctantly kills him with a straight razor.
The Driver, wearing a silicone mask disguise, follows Nino to the Pacific Coast Highway in his car and T-Bones Nino's car onto a beach. With Nino wounded and weakened, the Driver drowns him in the Pacific Ocean. The Driver speaks to Bernie on Nino's phone and they arrange to meet at a Chinese restaurant. The Driver makes a final phone call to Irene to tell her he is leaving, and says that meeting her and Benicio was the best thing that has ever happened to him. At the restaurant, Bernie promises only Irene and Benicio's safety, in exchange for the money. In the parking lot, Bernie stabs the Driver in the abdomen as he pulls the money from the trunk of his car. The Driver fatally stabs Bernie, leaving his corpse and the satchel of money behind. That evening, Irene knocks on the Driver's apartment door, with no response. The Driver drives into the night.


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ChristinaHendricksas Blanche Kaden Leos as BenicioJames Biberi as Cook Director: Nicolas WInding Refn


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