Driven | Chicago Reader


Director of photography Mauro Fiore argues for cinematography over drama even more strongly than in Get Carter (2000), which also stars Sylvester Stallone as a character fabulously illuminated, though not by screenwriting. There is a plot: two young race-car drivers competing for a woman and a championship are coached in driving and romance by an older driver who's never really succeeded in either (Stallone, who also wrote the screenplay). But apparently someone (director Renny Harlin?) realized that the premise, with all its awful expository dialogue, was as good an excuse as any for the real agenda of the movie—an almost poetic near-virtual-reality experience that may persuade you to identify not with race-car drivers but with race cars. With Kip Pardue, Til Schweiger, Estella Warren, Gina Gershon, and Burt Reynolds. 109 min.


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