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Driven

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A high-tech action drama set in the dangerous, exhilarating world of open-wheel racing, Driven centres on the lives and careers of four drivers chasing the ultimate adrenaline rush. Talented but unfocused rookie Jimmy Blye (Kip Pardue) is slipping in the rankings, cracking under pressure from his ambitious promoter brother Demille (Robert Sean Leonard) and it doesn't help that Blye is having an affair with Sophia Simone (Estella Warren), the girlfriend of his nemesis, top racer Beau Brandenburg (Til Schweiger).

With so much riding on Blye, car owner Carl Henry (Burt Reynolds) seeks help from former racing star Joe Tanto (Sylvester Stallone), whose once-promising career was cut short by a tragic accident that nearly killed him and another driver. But to steer Blye to the top, Tanto must navigate his scarred emotional past, manoeuvre around the hovering presence of reporter Lucretia Clan (Stacy Edwards) covering the male-dominated racing scene and contend with Cathy (Gina Gershon), his ex-wife, who has since married rival racing sensation Memo Moreno (Cristián de la Fuente). Caught between success, failure, regret and the need for speed, the four competitors put the pedal to the metal in pursuit of redemption and glory.

Persons of interest

  • Kip Pardue .... Jimmy Blye
  • Robert Sean Leonard .... Demille
  • Estella Warren .... Sophia Simone
  • Til Schweiger .... Beau Brandenburg
  • Burt Reynolds .... Carl Henry
  • Sylvester Stallone .... Joe Tanto, Writer
  • Stacy Edwards .... Lucretia Clan
  • Gina Gershon .... Cathy
  • Cristián de la Fuente .... Memo Moreno
  • Brent Briscoe .... Crusher
  • Renny Harlin .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

The warm and the fuzzy.

When you go see The fast and the furious, you'll understand what I am saying. Driven is a story about boys and their toys and boys becoming men. Then it becomes a story about men and their toys. There is a whole heap of perv materiel for both boys and girls (of all persuasions), with Kip Pardue coming out on top as the golden boy with the heart of gold, skin as smooth as silk, luscious lips, big, brown eyes you could drown in, etc. Coming up next is Estella Warren, who has a passion for synchronised swimming in an interlude that seems to have no reason except for looking at Estella engaging in nubile athletics in a tight red swimsuit. Third up is Til Schweiger, who combines Aryan good looks with a deep tan, sun-bleached hair and an apple strudel German accent. Oh yes, there's Cristián de la Fuente, the dark-eyed Latino hunka-hunka burning love, too, although since he marries someone else's ex-wife (loser) and is the back-up driver on the racing team (loser) he isn't really a contender.

There are cars, Formula 1, going very fast around the race track, and, in every teenage boy's fantasy, around the streets of a big city. Even better, there are heaps of crashes in high detail, slomo crash cam, explosions, chicks in tight clothes, fast cars, chicks in tight clothes... oh, that's been mentioned already.

The whole old man teaches younger man about life and living is based on the theoretical father/son relationship where a man passes on the lore and mysteries of his craft to his filial apprentice. When that sort of lifestyle was left behind and sons started thinking somewhat for themselves, fathers had less to say to their sons, for the benefit of no-one. Driven brings everything full circle and gives de facto orphan Jimmy someone to look up to in the moral sense. If you can live with that sort of traditional family value in your action film then Driven will be just fine.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Features:
    • Conquering speed - through visual effects
    • Deleted scenes with commentary by Sylvester
    • Design-it game trailer
    • Documentary: HBO first look
    • Trailers: theatrical
  • Subtitles: English captions

Security censorship classification

PG (Intense crash sequences, medium level violence, low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

112 minutes (1:52 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: 9 January 2002

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