Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Driven (2001)

Director: Renny Harlin

Writers: Jan Skrentny, Neal Tabachnick, Sylvester Stallone

Composer: BT

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds, Kip Pardue, Stacy Edwards, Til Schweiger, Gina Gershon, Estella Warren, Cristian de la Fuente, Brent Briscoe, Robert Sean Leonard, Verona Pooth, Jasmin Wagner, Chip Ganassi

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Get ready for the race of your life.

Plot: A young hot shot driver is in the middle of a championship season and is coming apart at the seams. A former CART champion is called in to give him guidance.

My rating: 5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Here's a by-the-numbers sports movie that does what most sports movies do.  It's filled with cliches but doesn't do anything with them to let you think it's OK to include them.  Cliches exist for a reason and I'm OK with that but they don't have to feel so tired and over used as they do in this film.  It's not a horrible picture but two hours of it makes you feel the burn.  The street racing with the Formula 1 cars was utterly unbelievable and not in a good way.  The quarters on the track was silly, too.  Besides seeing Stallone and Reynolds, is there any reason to watch this?  Not a one.  Throws some pocket change on the street where you live and drive over it to get your kicks.  The Warner Bros. DVD has a nice anamorphic widescreen image and extras with a commentary with Harlin, a 15 minute making of doc, a 10 minute featurette on the effects, 52 minutes of deleted scenes with optional commentary from Stallone (!!!), the theatrical trailer (anamorphic widescreen) and a trailer for the video game.

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