Which leads me to the film’s main flaw: the script. Now I didn’t mind the “Rocky 5”-like formula (veteran helps rookie) Stallone slapped in here, but did mind the sea of a-holes that plagued the film (the Gina Gershon, Robert Sean Leonard and Burt Reynolds characters). A-holes exist in reality but that doesn’t mean that they make enjoyable presences on screen. Some relationships in the film should also have been written out. For example, the Tanto (Stallone) and Luc (Stacy Edwards) love thang never went anywhere. They also could’ve found a better actor to play Jimmy (Pardue was off at times), and improved on the film's sometime obvious use of CGI. Overall, "Driven" is a film that mirrors the real-life racing world well but also never forgets that it's a movie and that it's there to entertain. So yes, I appreciated the crazy downtown race, the constant rock/techno tunes, the bigger-than-life car crashes, the girls in tight shorts eating “hot dogs” and the insane camera angles. “Driven” had me going the whole way and put a smile on my face. Buckle up, here we go!
First off, we get ADDITIONAL SCENES WITH COMMENTARY BY STALLONE, which shows scenes that were deleted from the film due to time constraints. Stallone gives this feature a humble introduction and the scenes themselves are all “relationship” or “character oriented. Some of them would have helped the film feel more complete in terms of its dramatic content. Then we get the charged up THE MAKING OF DRIVEN. This extra starts with a high energy montage of behind the scenes stuff, then goes all over the place and gets some insights from pretty much the whole cast and the film’s director. This extra was a blast! Then we get the less effective CONQUERING SPEED THROUGH LIVE ACTION AND VISUAL EFFECTS, which has the effect dudes talking shop on how they did the computer tricks for the film. This extra was interesting at first (didn’t know the movie had so many digital cars) but then the effects dudes spent way too much time explaining a specific effect that never made it into the film; kind of bored me.
We also get the THEATRICAL TRAILER, which showcases; you guessed it, the theatrical trailer (love the song that plays during that trailer “you’re going too fast, you’re going too fast”...yeah!), a PLAYSTATION 2 TRAILER for the upcoming “Driven” video game (looks pretty basic) and a very standard CAST AND CREW that gives filmographies of most of the people in and behind the flick. Note: Where was the option of changing “camera angles” during the race scenes? I had heard it would be on the DVD! I tried changing the angles a few times and it didn’t work…bummer…