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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
People should work to overcome hardship. Self-pity is unproductive.
Positive Role Models
Joseph overcomes damage to his legs after a street drag-racing accident. He returns to driving and moves on to legitimate racing. Joseph’s pre-accident life seems empty and narrowly focused on racing only. Religious viewers may applaud a nonbeliever who starts praying.
Violence & Scariness
Joseph survives a devastating rollover racing accident.
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Products & Purchases
Chrysler Hemi engines, Plymouth Barracudas, and Ford cars are prominently mentioned and displayed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink beer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Adrenaline is a 2015 faith-based racing movie. Viewers see a terrible car accident played partly in slow motion that cripples a young street drag racer. Illegal drag racing is featured. The injured driver does not believe in God but eventually starts praying, although no reason for his conversion is really shown. Characters drink beer, and several car brands are showcased throughout. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There's no mention of religion until a good 20 minutes in, yet from the earliest moments the bland simple-mindedness of characters and plot hint at a trite tale of finding faith for no good reason. The first clue is that the hero, a drag-racing adrenaline freak, isn't called Joe or Joey by his gearhead childhood pal but rather a more formal and Biblical "Joseph." The writers create no emotional arc for Joseph that can possibly explain why or how such a bitter nonbeliever -- who lost his father in a racing accident and then lost the use of his legs in his own accident -- makes the leap to faith. Undeveloped villains straight out of central casting team up with equally derivative mentors and advisors in this script pasted together from many better movies that have come before. The script brims with clichés, including "It's not what you drive, it's what drives you" and "You gotta get right or you're gonna get left."
Still, families looking for a faith-based racing movie for their kids might enjoy the story. For everyone else, there are much better films out there.
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