A Real Hero (aka: I Quite Like Drive and its Soundtrack)

College – A Real Hero (feat. Electric Youth)

So you may be nodding your head with sublime abandon, smiling at the overtly direct lyrics, precious vocals and selfconsciously 1980’s production sensibility while the song plays.  If not, I’d wager that you have yet to see one of the best films of 2011, Drive.  There’s a certain neck-hair-raising context this song is placed into…

The story of a quiet stunt man who moonlights as a getaway driver, caught up with affection for a woman who melts his stoic edge, sacrificing his safe routine for the good of others has been done.  Director Nicolas Wending Refn not only spikes this coulda-been-warhorse recipe with wincing violence and tender detail, but cuts through the surface coolness to reveal the messy desire, motivation and reason behind the action and reaction.  In other words, we’re shown something any hack can make cool and slick, boiled down to – and built up from – the frail humanity from which is grows.  In simplest terms: it’s a thriller done goddamn RIGHT for once.  And the music is superb.