A real neon-noir trip into nautical trauma, this film is, I must say, a cultural landmark. Director Nicholas Winding Refn has a true artistic vision in this film as he carries out this stellar and gut-wrenching thriller through a series of pulsating aesthetics driven by the silence produced by the actors and added chilling adrenaline rushes powered by their tensions and repressions. I’ve always been a fan of Ryan Gosling’s slick choice of film, as he knows a good script when he senses it. A surprisingly cliché-ridden storyline built on stock movie motifs, screenwriter Hossein Amini was able to transform James Sallis’ work (author of the 2005 novel of the same name) to cleverly work his way around the plot that aptly captures the nature of the traditional American crime drama, but also creating something very original and new at the same time.
This film, as aesthetically-pleasing as it is heart- and gut-wrenching-ly beautiful, is the definition of “cool”. It’s hip. It’s real. It’s scary. It makes your heart stop beating. Little did I know what I was getting myself into.
This is why I’ve loved Ryan Gosling since my tween days. That Scorpio(n) jacket epitomizes him so well!
P.S. Is it just me, or does this remind you of GTA (Grand Theft Auto)? It makes me want to play it again so bad!