I found Drive to be very powerful. The alternating moments of ultra-violence and peacefulness. The movie stuck with me for days. Because of the stoic personality of the main character, his motives and drives seem so hard to pin down. This is why I like the story. Because it's almost like we will never really know or understand the character. But here is my take. It is a story of redemption. I think deep down inside, the Driver wants to be redeemed. He has lived a life of crime, and done horrible things, and it's been tearing at his conscious for a long time. But he hides it. And finally he has a chance to be a real hero, to save the lives of his neighbors. To help his fellow man. At the end, he seems as if he doesn't care if he dies. He just wants redemption, no matter the cost. I haven't read the book, but I plan to.