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By Jaimie Baron | Posted

Driven is what it purports to be, a fast-paced movie about the world of high-tech car racing, but it manages to avoid the one-dimensionality of most sport films by creating likable characters with depth. German racer Beau Brandenburg (Til Schweiger) is the defending world champion, but his status is threatened by the rookie American Jimmy Bly (Kip Pardue). Carl Henry (Burt Reynolds), Bly's team owner, asks veteran driver Joe Tanto (Sylvester Stallone, who also wrote the script) to join the team and help Bly win the championship. Tanto acts as mentor to both Bly and Brandenburg, offering them each wisdom about life on and off the track. Driven never turns in to a bland good-guy-vs.-bad-guy story; the characters learn to work together even when they are vying for the championship and for--you guessed it--a woman's love. A thrilling dual race-car rampage through the streets of Chicago keeps the adrenaline pumping, and it's a pleasure to see the aging Stallone back in action.

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