(out of 5)
Rollicking good fun that finds Sylvester Stallone back on top of the action game in this drama about the carnivalesque world of race car driving. Sly also wrote the screenplay for this latest Renny Harlin flick, and as usual his running theme is that of humanity overcoming the need for competitive gain; although his dialogue needs (and I mean needs) a lot of help, the relationships between characters in the film are much stronger than you would expect. Stallone plays an over-the-hill race car driver who quit years ago when it just got too tough, who finds himself back in the game when he’s asked to mentor the new boy in town (Kip Pardue). Pardue has his own troubles, mostly those of trying to beat his racing nemesis (Til Schweiger) and maybe steal the guy’s girlfriend (Olympic-medalist swimmer Estella Warren). The film really comes alive when Gina Gershon is on screen, while Harlin’s directorial style steals greatly from the likes of Oliver Stone (particularly his work on Any Given Sunday).
Directed by Renny Harlin
Cinematography by Mauro Fiore
Produced by Renny Harlin, Elie Samaha, Sylvester Stallone
Music by BT
Production Design by Charles Wood
Costume Design by Mary E. McLeod