Drive

(R) ★★★☆☆

This avenging-angel thriller begins well and ends in a muddle. Ryan Gosling plays Driver, a loner stunt/getaway driver. The superb Carey Mulligan plays a waitress who lives down the hall from Driver and whose husband is due out of prison soon. How Driver becomes part of a troubled family unit, and how he becomes the target of mobsters (Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman) form the crisscrossing roads of the narrative.

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Rod Lurie’s vengeance-thriller remake still packs a visceral punch. It’s not all bad, but it is a pretty unpleasant wallow in the obvious. Lurie resets the tale of a bookish city dweller (Dustin Hoffman in the original, James Marsden here) bullied by locals, moving the setting from England to Mississippi. In the small town where his actress wife (Kate Bosworth) grew up, God, guns and goal posts are the measure of a man, and hiring some locals to fix a roof is a very bad idea.

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