Drive has good reviews by critics. It had a standing ovation for it's popularity.
The unnamed Driver lives in a low-rate apartment, works for Shannon, a friend, in a chop shop. He also has a secret job where he will help criminals in a five minute opportunity window, his rule is never do business with a criminal or gang twice, and the last minute is all on them. He is also a car stuntsmen for the movies.
Irene has her car toward to Shannon's garage, where Driver takes her home. He begins hanging out with them, which goes flat when her in-prisoned husband gets out, Standard, thanks Driver for helping them out when he was in prison and Driver knows there's something not to trust about Standard.
Standard owns protection money to Albanian Gangster, Cook from his time in prison, but cannot give it to him, one day Driver finds him badly beaten and helps Standard and Benicio home. Driver gets Standard to tell him about Cook.
Driver and Standard begin working on a heist to pay off Cook, Blanche, Cook's mule, goes along. Standard is shot towards the end of the heist, and Driver flees with Blanche and the money, but is chased by a car that had pulled into the parking lot. Driver and Blanche stay at an apartment for a while. Driver discovers the money they had planned, and threatens Blanche to tell him what happened, she explains the driving car was Cook and that her and Cook planned to kill Driver and Standard and take the money. Two of Cook's men attack, in the process Blanche is killed. Driver protects himself but gets injured, but manages to kill both, one of them via hammer.
Driver confronts Cook in his strip club and threatens to put a nail in his head. He learns Nino was behind the heist. Driver calls Nino then asks to return the money; Nino declines and sends a hitman to Driver's apartment. Driver and Irene ride in the elevator with the hitman, not knowing that Nino sent him. Driver kisses Irene, just a moment before stomping in the hitman's head with his foot, much to Irene's horror.
Nino explains to Bernie that the money belonged to the East Coast Mafia. Fearing retaliation, Bernie and Nino agree to kill those who know of it, starting with Cook. Bernie confronts Shannon in his garage and stabs him with a straight razor.
Driver - wearing a silicone mask disguise from his movie stunts he was working on - follows Nino to the Pacific Coast Highway and T-bones Nino's car onto a beach. With Nino wounded and weakened, Driver drowns him in the Pacific Ocean. Driver speaks to Bernie on Nino's phone and they agree to meet at a Chinese restaurant. Driver then calls Irene and tells her meeting her and Benicio was the best thing to happen to him. In the restaurant, Bernie promises only Irene and Benicio's safety for the money, which Driver goes to get and gets stabbed in the chest by Bernie. Driver manages to pull the knife out and stab Bernie, he leaves the corpse and the bag of money. That evening Irene knocks on The Driver's door but receives no answer, she walks away. The driver drives off to the night.
Ryan Gosling as The Driver
Carey Mulligan as Irene
Bryan Cranston as Shannon
Albert Brooks as Bernie Rose
Oscar Isaac as Standard
Christina Hendricks as Blanche
Ron Perlman as Nino
Ryan Gosling - The Driver - has announced interest in returning for a sequel, but would not like making the same film again. The director - Nicholas Winding Refn - also has revealed interest for directing the sequel. The author of 2005's Drive - James Sallis - has made a sequel titled Driven.
The film holds mainly positive reviews from critics.
Refn and the crew say they were inspired by 80s classics in order to make this movie, this would explain some of the speech, music, and even filming techniques, because they were highly inspired to make this a classic.