A dollar short and two years too late? Sounds like my M.O., so lets run with it.
I’d heard a lot about Drive, especially after some woman tried to sue FilmDistrict over a “misleading” trailer and all of it was good. All this hullabaloo left me with an itching curiosity to get up and go out of my excruciatingly busy way (watching episodes of some cw teen drama over and over again while crying into my microwaveable dinner), to see the film. But life, as it always does, just happened to get in the way.
After many failed attempts to start Drive, I finally got the gusto to sit down and watch it only after a friend of mine, who had promised to see the movie with me, watched it home, alone, and then texted me about how fantastic it was afterwards. So, out of spite (for who I’m not sure) I went onto netflix and turned it on. And I have to say, I was blown away (old news, right?) so much so that I’m sitting here writing about it nearly two years later.
White Night is a fun, gripping thriller adapted from the Japanese novel “Into The White Night” by first time director Park Shin Woo. The film is a well-made smart, sexy thriller. Although at times confusing, unexplained, or a little too over the top, White Night is undoubtedly worth viewing.
Haywire is a twitchy, grungy spy thriller directed by the sometimes indie, sometimes mainstream, always bogglingly prolific, Stephen Soderbergh. He seems to have borrowed from The Girlfriend Experience and Contagion this time around, casting female mixed martial arts star Gina Carano, who previously did not have movie star on her resume, in the lead of a modestly budgeted genre ensemble film. Carano plays Mallory, a highly-skilled contract black ops agent, who is on the run after something goes wrong with an international assignment she had been involved in. Mallory must fight for her life while piecing together who has betrayed her, how, and why.