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If you're searching for a story, this baby stalls way before the finish line. Of course, it's written by Sly Stallone and directed by Renny Harlin (Cutthroat Island, Cliffhanger), so maybe it's a good thing that the screaming engines are there to drown out all of that talkin'. When washed-up driver Stallone is asked to get behind the wheel one last time to go against hot-shot rookie Kip Pardue, he's a man driven to succeed.
And us? We're left counting just how many wrong turns--and clich├ęs--one movie can make. Fast cars and faster women (Gina Gershon, Estella Warren) help kill the time. And the racing footage will get hearts, well, racing. But it all ends up like a nasty freeway accident: It ain't pretty, but it's sure hard to keep from watching.