Ryan Gosling is the nominal star of this high-octane action tale, but the performer really to watch here is Albert Brooks, stunningly effective in a role that's a huge change of pace for him. He plays a crime kingpin who's part of the scenario when a getaway driver (Gosling) is targeted for elimination after a robbery goes drastically wrong.
Carey Mulligan plays another potential victim in the violent melodrama that also features Ron Perlman, screen veteran Russ Tamblyn ("West Side Story"), and cable drama staples Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") and Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men"). DVD extras: four "making-of" documentaries; interview with director Nicolas Winding Refn. *** (R: AS, N, P, GV) (Also on Blu-ray and Movies on Demand)Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times