Neon-noir is a relatively new direction (although this direction is not quite right) in film and video game art, the offshoot of the neon. This term combines works that characterized by the disclosure of crime and ultra-violence, in their center — anonymous hero, and the narrative itself haven’t a clear link to the place and time.
The main feature of neon-noir is a dark atmosphere, abundantly flavored with artificial neon lighting. A huge role in the development of this direction is played by director Nicholas Winding Rephn, who directed «Bronson», «Drive», «Only God Will Forgive,» «Neon Demon,» etc.
Neon plays a key role here. It transforms the night, the time when the main events and turning points take place, creating a mysterious, slightly magical and attractive atmosphere. Neon transforms reality, making it look like a dream.
The glittering of stroboscopes, the light of signboards, the illumination of the dashboard of the machine — the monotonous and colorless world with the onset of the night flares up with all colors — and the heroes, trying to escape from sad reality, choose the night.
By the way about the heroes — they have no names, they have no faces. The hero of the «Drive» is called simply the Driver, and the snake-tempter from «vacations» is represented by Elien — Stranger. The very same heroines «Vacation» at some point dress balaclava, turning into such indistinguishable clones from the dance floor — beautiful body in a bikini, and one face is a mask at all.
Death, the naturalness of violence, the erosion of morality, the absence of purely positive and negative characters — these are the compound foundations of the neon-noir of the film.
It’s noteworthy, by the way, that in his last works, Refn practically does not pay attention to the dialogues, giving the leading role in the narrative to the visual and musical components.