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Driven (Widescreen)

Sylvester Stallone , Kip Pardue , Renny Harlin    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Full Speed Ahead March 11 2004
Oh, come on guys; "Driven" was a good little sports-action movie, with a cast that fit perfectly in every role. Sylvester Stallone (who also wrote and produced) plays Joe Tanto, a retired Grand Pix race car driver. He is called out of retirement to help his former crew cheif (Burt Reynolds) train the new hot shot racer, Jimmy Bly (Kip Pardue), who has a lot of talent but little disciplin. Believe it or not, the movie is really about Bly, he is the one who changes through out the movie. In fact, the movie is really just a passing of the torch kind of material. But I think it is done well, a macho man's emotional buddy movie. Stallone is great as the world weary racer, those droopy eyes serve him well. Burt Reynolds is also excellently cast as the tough father figure. Gina Gershon is basicly making fun of her on screen persona here as a, well, horrible woman. Kip Pardue is excellent as the cocky young gun with a heart. Tig Schwiger is the cheif competetor against Bly, and he is good as the rival, not to be confused as the bad guy; he isn't. The rest of the cast is trivial. I guess I had a few minor problems with the movie. 1) Like I said before, the actors were perfect for their roles; maybe too perfect, like maybe the characters were written for the actors. 2) There is an accedent about half way through that looks way too bad for anyone to realisticlly get out of. 3) None of the characters seemed all that mad at each other. The end was resolved too easily. But for all that, "Driven" was cool, with lots of exciting race scenes (especially through Chicago), genuine respect between each other, and I liked how all the characters made up at the end, even if it isn't realistic.
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1.0 out of 5 stars WHY? March 24 2003
Why take a subject so interesting such as race driving and make a film that's allegedly about race driving and yet is TOTALLY improbable?
Why make fun of the audience and cast together in the same movie Sylvester Stallone, Estella Warren and Gina Gershon?
Why do cars keep crashing and ending up upside-down in water courses when there's no way that can happen, even if it's in Interlagos, my hometown race-course (Interlagos has two lakes and, as of today, it's IMPOSSIBLE a racing car will end in one of the lakes, even if it's the major car-crash of all-times in racing history)?
Why does a brazilian character speaks spanish, even if it's for USA audience purposes?
Why all races have incredible pile-ups with dozens of cars and flying car-parts all over the people watching the race?
Why, when movies about racing-cars are so rare, create a script that's so full of cliches and impossible situations?
Why, oh WHY?! make a scene with formula cars racing through the streets of Chicago? It's impossible for a formula car to leave a modern racing course by it's own. And there would be a major accident in the first traffic light. And, without helmets and at 200 mph, the first nocturnal insect would do a major mess of the drivers' faces.
Why is the bad guy a german? Why is one of the team-managers in a wheel-chair? Why these are the only real resemblances to the actual sport?
Why there are so many company names all the time during the movie, making the spectators dizzy with so many letters?
Why so many scenes resemble renderized video-game scenes (and I've seen better simulations in some of those video-games)?
Why didn't they invite ANYONE with a minor f1 or cart or nascar knowledge to screening and audience tests, so this movie would never be released?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Entertaining March 15 2003
Driven is a pretty much your typical racing flick. There are rivalries between drivers, people who go 'way back' and therefore 'owe each other something', ticked off ex-wives, the pain of old failures still remembered, and the pressure to perform more today than yesterday. Typical racing movie drama junk. Of course, you are also treated to lots of crash scenes with stuff flying around, junk landing on spectators, things bursting into flames, and even a car that flys off and somehow ends up landing in a pond. Like I said, typical racing movie blather.
The thing that elevates Driven above all of that is that, with all of it's cheesiness, it is still entertaining. If you like special effects you will love this movie. There are some really great computer generated effects that include: showing how the cars crash together, some decent tunnel vision stuff from the POV of the driver, and a really cool effect that shows the rain drops hitting the drivers visor and being pushed off by air currents. There is also an extra on the DVD of a particular scene that was cut, which included a car blowing up completely - created entirely by computer. It is a morph technology, and the scene looks great. It's a shame that they had to cut it. They also spend some time showing you how the technology works.
Overall, Driven is cheesy and without plot that you will care about - but it is still fun!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Two words...Gigantic [Flop] March 7 2003
When I saw that this movie was being first made I had a small glimmer of hope. A movie about F1. Then F1 said no way and the movie moved on to CART. My hopes quickly diminished from there.
A friend said that this was a good movie. I knew he smoked a lot of pot, but I didn't know he smoked that much.
It starts with ridiculous racing footage. There are absolutely no laws of physics that apply to these cars. Suddenly whenever a car wants to catch up with the one in front he magically gets about a 300 shot of nitrous for more horsepower to instantly catch up and then cannot pull away.
Cars are constantly crashing and bursting into flames. Bright yellow flames, which cannot happen at any professional level because methanol burns blue.
There are absolutely no safety personnel at any of the tracks, so the drivers have to stop from 200 mph in about 50 feet to save the other driver in danger, nevermind that they would be lucky to stop within 500 feet in real life.
That doesn't even mention the awful acting. The acting in a typical Godzilla movie is far better.
For the sake of your sanity, please stay away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sly
Good movie,good racing sequences.plot is ok a little weak in spots the extra features are good, commentary is poor as he talks threw the whole movie
Published 3 months ago by dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Le courage de rester soi-même.
J'ai beaucoup aimé les situations de vie dans ce film. Nos 2 bons vieux acteurs, Burt Reynold et Sylvester Stallone, ont très bien soutenus le jeu des jeunes acteurs... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Novy123
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it...
Apart from Le Mans with Steve McQueen, this is an enjoyable car racing movie to sit through and just take in as is. Nothing complicated or cerebral... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Rafael Oei
1.0 out of 5 stars Gave it 1 start because 0 wasn't available
This movie would only be watchable by people who know NOTHING (and I mean nothing - like less then my wife - who I might add thinks that Formula 1 is abrand of baby formula). Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by C. Palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie for racing fans
While everyone knows that Stallone has done both great and terrible acting and writing jobs in the past, this one is, shall we say, not his best or worst. Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Its Entertainment
I don't usually review things but I just want to say I really like this movie cause it has realistic characters, upbeat music with groove and great effects. Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2003 by "sargeizhere"
1.0 out of 5 stars succcckeeeddddd aassssssss!!!!!!!!
this one blew the racing movies off the map and into the spiraling abyss that falls forever. no good direction with its cheesy special effects, including when the rain hits the... Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2003 by Michael Bolts
3.0 out of 5 stars It was alright
I watched this movie with a friend of mine last weekend at my house and I thought that this movie was only alright at best, they're were some classic scenes like when two guys were... Read more
Published on June 18 2003 by Darian Dennison
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie with all elements!
A love story yes, but also a story of life. Two lessons to be learned in this film.. Love and Determination!
Published on June 10 2003 by "dontgoogleme"
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Stallone movie ever!
Driven is one of the more pitiful films I've ever seen in my life. Bad acting, clichéd plot, ridiculous action sequences, these are only the beginning of the problems with... Read more
Published on March 9 2003 by Tony Rutherford
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