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Drama - Gangland


Released 2011 Rating (UK) 18
Source of story A book by James Sallis
Writer/s script Hossein Amini
Director Nicholas Winding Refn
Starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Oscar Isaac, Ron Perlman
Elevator Pitch A young talented car driver divides his time between working as a mechanic, stunt driving and acting as a getaway driver. His boss also negotiates a deal with some underworld leaders to buy a racing car for him to drive. But he begins to fall for the girl next door, and agrees to drive for her husband who has been contracted to rob a criminal organisation. The heist goes wrong and he is hunted by the criminals who have bankrolled his embryo racing career. Will he and his love interest survive?
Content The main protragonists look longingly at one another a lot, and apparently abandoned the dialogue to make this more effective. There is quite a bit of driving of one sort or another, and some of discussion in darkened rooms, and in the gloom of the garage. And finally a great deal of quite unpleasant violence (sorry if that’s a spoiler). There is nudity in a nightclub but no sex.
A View A watchable movie. The driver seems to be more or less invincible, although since the plot involves the mafia the actions taken to keep them on side are not always obvious (except to the scriptwriter). But we just have to accept that, and at various points someone tries to tell us why things are happening as they are. A fairly low cost outing which won prizes and made money.

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