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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Paraplegic race driver implausibly finds religion.

Movie NR 2015 94 minutes
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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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