When I heard that writer/producer/director, Nicolas Winding Refn was going to direct an English language film with Ryan Gosling attached, I was immediately overly exited. The material (novel by James Sallis) sounds perfect for Refn. I have been a fan of his ever since a friend turned me on to Refn’s Pusher: Trilogy. I became much more impressed with his filmmaking after I watched his more recent films, Bronson (Tom Hardy) and Valhalla Rising (Mads Mikkelsen).
Winding Refn has only released one English language film previous to his upcoming heist movie gone wrong. Fear X, with John Turturro, was released in 2003 and received mixed reviews.
Taking into account the director’s last few films and the cast of Drive's collective work…I would be surprised if this film doesn't live up to the hype.