Driven (2001)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA/Canada/Australia, 2001.  Franchise Pictures, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Trackform Film Productions, Champs Productions, Mel’s Cite du Cinema.  Story by , , Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Renny Harlin, , Sylvester Stallone.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

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 (). Pardue has his own troubles, mostly those of trying to beat his racing nemesis () and maybe steal the guy’s girlfriend (Olympic-medalist swimmer ). The film really comes alive when  is on screen, while Harlin’s directorial style steals greatly from the likes of Oliver Stone (particularly his work on Any Given Sunday).

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