A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
No one too badly hurt; tense scenes and peril.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Some strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has some strong language, smoking, and drinking, as well as tense and scary accident scenes. A character is badly hurt, and another character has been disabled as a result of a racing accident. A character betrays a member of his family and there are other tense confrontations. There are also a lot of girls in revealing outfits, with tiny T-shirts promoting various racing sponsors. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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