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By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Formula One race cars outshine the formula script.

Movie PG-13 2001 116 minutes
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It's a good thing that people who will want to see Driven aren't too concerned about plot, dialogue or performances, because the people who made the movie were not too concerned about them either. The plot is predictable, the dialogue is even more predictable, and the performances are barely noticeable. They are just there to give the audience a chance to catch its breath between the scenes that they came for, the scenes with very, very fast cars.

Sylvester Stallone's script brings elements of the Rocky films to the world of racecars, and Tanto is the Burgess Meredith/Yoda role. What matters here are the racing scenes, which are worth seeing. Director Renny Harlin has a gift for putting the audience in the center of the action, and when not much is happening on screen, Harlin uses flashy cuts and music-video-style camera tricks with film speed to pump a little more energy into the story. The driving scenes are bone-crunching, heart-thumping, in-the-driver's-seat exciting and the crashes are heartbreaking.

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