Driven

Directed by Renny Harlin
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Kip Pardue, Til Schweiger, Burt Reynolds, Stacy Edwards, Gina Gershon.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language and some intense crash sequences.

Review by Eugene Kopman <eugene@filmhead.com>
May 9, 2001

When rookie racer Jimmy Blye (Kip Pardue) starts to lose his edge on the race track against former world champion Beau Brandenburg (Til Schweiger), crippled racing promoter Carl Henry (Burt Reynolds) brings back another former champion named Joe Tanto (Sylvester Stallone) to help Blye to get his mind back on the track.

Blye and Brandenburg go back and forth coming in first and second throughout 20 races. Beau blames his girlfriend Sophia (Estella Warren) for his losing streak and breaks up with her. While Jimmy's brother/promoter/manager Demille (Robert Sean Leonard) won't let him have a life, he pressures him into press conferences and publicity stunts to scrub off money from his brother's success.

Joe Tanto, or "The Hummer" as he is known because he hums while racing, is a great racer who lost his edge a few years back. Carl Henry still believes he is the best out there and calls him to make a return to racing and, at the same time, give young Blye advice and help him win. This is not as easy at it seems; the races are close, and while Beau is upset over dumping his girlfriend, Jimmy makes a move for Sophia and starts a love triangle. The brothers Blye do not have a good relationship, and everyone can easily see that except for Jimmy.

Driven, which was written by Sly Stallone, had good dialogue and very good direction of beautiful racing scenes by Renny Harlin. But the storyline is mediocre at best and is very predictable. The acting isn't impressive at all. The only performance that impressed me was Gina Gershon as Joe Tanto's ex-wife. Sly should stick to writing, not acting. Next time he should just pick a better story to put on screen.


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