The other night, Jared (jtbmopar) and I decided to go see Driven. After all, Jared absolutely LOVES racing and cars, and I'm actually in the movie. So, we were pretty stoked to go see it.
The night at the movies started out great when we were charged a mere $6 EACH for our tickets - and on a Friday night! Next, we were the ONLY two people in the entire theatre. We got the best seats and were able to stretch out and talk and do whatever we wanted to. (Not that we did, of course...) Finally, I got to see Jared's reaction from eating a Sour Patch Kid for the first time.
Jimmy Bly (Kip Pardue) is a hot new racing rookie, making his mark quite early on the race track. Managed by his brother DeMille (Robert Sean Leonard), Jimmy is under a lot of pressure and starts making big mistakes on the track. He lets his biggest rival, Beau Brandenburg (Til Schweiger) get the edge in the race for the World Championship. At the end of his rope, Jimmy's track man Carl (Burt Reynolds) calls in Joe "The Hummer" Tanto (Sylvester Stallone) to help the kid out.
That's the basic plot. If the entire movie circled around this plot and the subplots that are obvious (ie- DeMille getting ticked off that Joe was called in or the tensions between the two brothers), the film would have gotten at least 4 stars from me.
Unfortunately, this isn't the case. Beau has a fiancee, Sophia (Estella Warren), whom he leaves so he can concentrate on racing. Sophia then gets involved somehow with Jimmy. HOWEVER, we're never really sure of the relationship between Jimmy and Sophia. We never see them kiss or touch or anything.
A reporter, Lucretia "Luc" Clans (Stacy Edwards), follows around Bly's team. Why? We never see her do any sort of reporting. She just asks a lot of questions, and doesn't write the answers down. We never see any of the articles she writes. We don't even know who she reports for!
Tanto's ex-wife Cathy (Gina Moreno) left Joe and married his teammate Memo (Christian de la Fuente), but there doesn't seem to be any bad blood between Memo and Joe. Why?
What's the relationship between Joe and Carl? Why do Joe and Luc get involved? Who's the guy that's always standing next to Carl in the booth?
It was pretty hard to follow. There were way too many questions left unanswered.
But, the stunts were SPECTACULAR! If you're in the mood to see a couple of good car crashes, go see this film. Since I don't follow racing, I don't know if these types of crashes could happen or not. Frankly, I don't care. They were way cool. I was even involved in one stunt, but, unfortunately, you can't see me.
The cinematography was pretty bad. It was done very much in an Oliver Stone style, which I hate. It was too jumpy, too blurred, and scanned too much. At times, I had to look away from the screen because I was getting a headache. Jared thought the same thing.
This is definitely a man's movie. After all, Sylvester Stallone wrote the dang thing. Sorry to be so sexist, but it's the truth. It just drips with testosterone. Don't get me wrong - women can DEFINITELY enjoy it. Hey - I certainly did.
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older
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