Netflix about to lose intense Ryan Gosling drama with 93% on Rotten Tomatoes

Hurry up, this is an unmissable movie

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Before the world embraced his Kenergy in Barbie, many would have said that Ryan Gosling's most iconic movie was probably Drive. Nicolas Winding Refn's 2013 flick is a darling of cinema fans everywhere, and for good reason. 

Unfortunately, however, you'll need to put your foot down to catch it on Netflix, because it's leaving the streaming service on the 4th of January. That's not long to enjoy a movie with a deserved 93% on Rotten Tomatoes

Drive is a brilliantly unique movie that combines some amazingly shot car chases, a burning romance, and some unflinchingly horrible violence. It often goes a long time without dialogue, relying instead on the superb soundtrack. If you've seen The Killer on Netflix, there are plenty of parallels to be drawn, and both feature unnamed protagonists. So what's it about?

Based on the 2005 novel by James Sallis, Gosling plays the anonymous driver, a Hollywood stunt driver who responsibly has a side hustle to supplement his income. Unlike freelance journalism or selling homemade trinkets online, his side gig is being a getaway driver. However, when Irene (Carey Mulligan) moves in next door and his feelings start developing, things soon get more complicated.

I won't say much more to avoid spoilers but it's a superb action drama with some complex characters. Luckily a host of incredible actors are on hand to give them weight. Alongside Gosling and Mulligan are the likes of Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Oscar Isaac, Albert Brooks and Ron Pearlman. 

Unusually, Ryan Gosling was given the chance to choose a director for this picture and Refn proved to be a brilliantly unorthodox selection. The Danish filmmaker has an eclectic filmography including Bronson, The Neon Demon and bizarrely an upcoming remake of Enid Blyton's The Famous Five. Hopefully, that will be more family-friendly. 

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Andy Sansom
Staff Writer

Andy is T3's Tech Staff Writer, covering all things technology, including his biggest passions such as gaming, AI, phones, and basically anything cool and expensive he can get his hands on. If he had to save one possession from a fire it would be his PlayStation 5. He previously worked for Tom’s Guide - where he got paid to play with ChatGPT every day. When it comes to streaming, Andy will have his headphones glued in whilst watching something that will make him laugh. He studied Creative Writing at university, but also enjoys supporting his favourite football team (Liverpool), watching F1, teaching himself guitar, and spending time with his dog.