Everything that’s come from Nicolas Winding Refn’s upcoming film, Drive, has been absolutely fantastic, showing how utterly brilliant this film is.

The last thing we got to see were two fantastic TV spots for the film, written by Hossein Amini adapting a James Sallis novel, and Collider now have a set of red band images that give us a look at the darker, bloodier side of the film.

I got to see an early screening for the film last week, and it was by far one of the best films I’ve seen this year, being completely different to everything else that’s come out in 2011 so far. It is brilliant, no two ways about it.

“Driver is a Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway vehicles for armed heists by night. Though a loner by nature, Driver can’t help falling in love with his beautiful neighbor Irene, a vulnerable young mother dragged into a dangerous underworld by the return of her ex-convict husband Standard. After a heist intended to pay off Standard’s protection money spins unpredictably out of control, Driver finds himself driving defense for the girl he loves, tailgated by a syndicate of deadly serious criminals. But when he realizes that the gangsters are after more than the bag of cash in his trunk – that they’re coming straight for Irene and her son – Driver is forced to shift gears and go on offense.”

Awesome. All of the positive attention this film has been receiving since it debuted at Cannes earlier in the year, winning Refn Best Director at the festival, is utterly well deserved, and you can read our own 5-star review of the film here.

Ryan Gosling is terrific as the unnamed central character, with Carey Mulligan playing his beautiful neighbour Irene, Oscar Isaac playing her ex-convict husband, Bryan Cranston playing Gosling’s friend and employer, and Albert Brooks plays local mob man Bernie Rose in a performance that has been generating quite a bit of Oscar buzz. Without further ado, here are the great new images from the film, each giving us a look at Gosling, Brooks, and Isaac in some of the film’s darker moments. As usual, click to enlarge.

Drive hits the cinemas this Friday, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. This is a film you must go and see, and see it in the cinema whilst you can. If you were going to see something else this weekend, put that off for a later date and see Drive instead. You’ll thank me later.