Talented rookie race-car driver Jimmy Bly has started losing his focus and begins to slip in the race rankings. It's no wonder, with the immense pressure being shoveled on him by his overly ambitious promoter brother as well as Bly's romance with his arch rival's girlfriend Sophia. With much riding on Bly, car owner Carl Henry brings former racing star Joe Tanto on board to help Bly. To drive Bly back to the top of the rankings, Tanto must first deal with the emotional scars left over from a tragic racing accident which nearly took his life.Written by
At the opening of the film it is suggested that CART is viewed by 900 million people worldwide. This lofty figure surpasses the viewership of Formula One, which is actually the most-watched motorsport on Earth, and CART viewership was considerably less than what the film alleges. See more »
[In Japan, Sophia Simone does her synchronized swimming routine while Jimmy Bly figures out Beau Brandenberg's next move in racing on his computer laptop]
What are you doing?
[showing off to Jimmy her synchronized swimming moves]
Swimming? That's swimming to you, huh? I don't think that's swimming; that's uh... a little beyond. I've never seen anything like that. Pretty fantastic. Where'd you learn to do that?
I, uh... I was raised by frogs.
Raised by frogs?
Ribbit. Ribbit. Ribbit.
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In the original version of the film when Memo Heguy's (de la Fuente) car wrecks and is thrown upside down in the river, Joe Tanto (Stallone) jumped into the river with Jimmy Bly (Pardue) to save him. Beau Brandenburg (Schweiger) was not involved in this scene at all originally. But director Renny Harlin thought that it made the Beau Brandenburg character look totally heartless. So Stallone rewrote the scene taking his character Joe Tanto out of it completely. He instead put his character in the pits the entire time. The scene was partly reshot in a similar location in California, instead of returning to Germany where the original scene was filmed. Stallone wrote that the Brandenburg character turns his car around and helps save Memo from drowning. Parts of the original scene featuring Joe Tanto, were for the most part not reshot. Digital Effects company Pixel Magic digitally erased Tanto out of the scene. Aside from this scene, other scenes involving Beau Brandenburg were rewritten during filming to make his character more likable and misunderstood. Some of these scenes include the ending of the film and a scene where Brandenburg denies a female fan a kiss. See more »
Sylvester Stallone wrote "Rocky" a long time ago, and it was fantastic. He even got a best actor nomination. That was then. Since that meteoric rise to fame, he has consistently created films that are as bad as he is an actor.
"Driven" just may be the worst of the bunch. It's the story of a few race drivers who's lives interconnect. All I had to know is the movie's tagline, which reads "Welcome to the Human Race". Stallone is his usual terrible self. Burt Reynolds manages to put forth another lousy performance as a former race driver crippled in an accident. He has his "oscar" scene towards the end where he laments his chair, and still says he'd do it all over again. It was supposed to be dramatic, but I just thought it was funny, maybe the two worst prolific actors of our time in Reynolds and Sly on the screne in the ultimate s***ty drama scene. Young Jimmy Bly, played by some other poor soul, has a crisis of confidence, just like Cruise in "Days of Thunder", not to mention a fued that develops between him and Robert Sean Leonard, who has fallen from "Dead Poet's Society" 14 years ago to working alongside Stallone, Reynolds, and the guy who played Bly.
Fortunately, it all works out in the end. Stallone and some foreign guy get the girls. Jimmy wins it all, and I've collapsed on the floor from a seizure. All in all, it's fun to watch just to see how lousy it is. I give it -10 out of 10. Keep trying Sly. Some day your bound to stumble on your next "Rocky".
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