I’m a big Fan of Ryan Gosling and had heard a lot of good things about this flick without actually knowing the direction it was to go in. I was expecting a crime caper somewhere between Buillit and maybe Ocean’s Eleven, first things first, it’s definitely not that.
The first half of is extremely slow, lots of Ryan driving with no talking,so slow in fact I was considering turning it off (not the most patient of people). Fortunately there’s a dark, brooding sense of impending doom, something bubbling under that just about keeps you in there. I’m glad I did, stay with it.
When the pivotal moment arrives, it arrives with a #Boom and the subsequent car chase is pretty cool! From then on it’s a very different movie. Moments of quite extreme violence handled by our anti-hero with a disconcertingly efficient ruthlessness. A couple of semi-spoilers but the visiting of ‘Cook’ with a claw hammer is quite the eye-opener as is the Lift scene - not a bloke you want to get on the wrong side of, sort of like Dennis Waterman as Terry McCann in Minder, only really fucking hard.
It’s worth mentioning at this point that the Albert Brooks character is quite the bastard too.
So the second half of the movie is essentially a revenge movie with Gosling running round in a mask that makes him look a amusingly like Chunk from The Goonies dishing out his own form of justice. Fun in it’s own right.
To surmise, slow first half, extremely dark second half. Not what I was expecting and not a classic but sort of works, worth a watch.