PROFANITY: Not much profanity. No F-words, 2 GD's, several milder ones. SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: The only violence is the horrific car crashes. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Two bar scenes where they drink a beer. ACTION: LOTS of car races and crashes. Very exciting stuff. COMEDY: Only a few mildly funny remarks are made.
The screenplay for Driven is interesting for one reason only: to observe
what can happen when nearly every line of dialogue and every plot
development is a cliché. It's not exactly a revelation to note that
original thrillers are among the rarest of cinematic breeds, so, in these
kinds of films, a little freshness can go a long way. Unfortunately,
that's one contest where Driven doesn't get out of the pit. Viewers can be
forgiven thinking they have seen this movie before because, in form or
another, they surely have.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
As you can see, the VAST MAJORITY of moviegoers really enjoyed Driven, giving it very high marks. This is not just a "guy" movie. The ladies rated it as high as the men.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND DRIVEN to those who have learned what to expect in a Stallone movie. You get action and excitement and very little story. From the very high moviegoer opinions and the mediocre opinions of critics, my guess is, people have learned this lesson, and those preferring story over excitement simply don't come.
For some reason, this movie did poorly at the box office, so that means a lot of you missed "Driven." Now's your chance to see it!
Talented but unfocused rookie Jimmy Bly (KIP PARDUE) is slipping in the rankings, cracking under pressure from his ambitious promoter brother (ROBERT SEAN
LEONARD). And it doesn't help that Bly is pursuing an affair with Sophia (ESTELLA WARREN), the girlfriend of his nemesis, top racer Beau Brandenburg
With so much riding on Bly, seasoned car owner Carl Henry (BURT REYNOLDS) seeks help from former racing star Joe Tanto (SYLVESTER STALLONE), whose once-promising career spun out after a tragic accident that nearly killed him and another driver. But to steer Bly to the top, Tanto must navigate his scarred emotional past, maneuver around the hovering presence of a reporter (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 (CRISTIAN DE LA FUENTE).
Caught between success, failure, regret and the need for speed, the four competitors are driven to put the pedal to the metal in pursuit of redemption and glory.