Drive is a smart, gritty film about a smart, gritty character navigating a city full of stupidity, violence, and greed. In that way, it owes a debt to the Spaghetti Westerns of Clint Eastwood. But it's also about cars and driving and heists and keeping your cool. Here we see the influence of Bullitt and all things Steve McQueen.
High marks for cinematic vision, cinematography, minimalistic dialog, great spaces and silences between characters, suspense, drama, and thrills. A couple of stars removed for some over-the-top violence and a script that could have been oh-so-slightly tighter. This is a great film.