Driving Really Fast Movie #2
Synopsis: It’s 106 minutes of Steve McQueen driving around in circles. (Seriously, that’s basically it)
Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Forty-five international racing stars join STEVE McQUEEN in this gritty, nerve-shattering recreation of the toughest car race on earth – Le Mans. Returning to France to compete a year after he’s been injured, an American driver (McQUEEN) finds himself drawn to the widow of a racer who was killed in the same accident.”
What Did I Learn?: At some point, a movie pretty much requires character development, dialogue and a plot.
You Might Like This Movie If: You’ve always wanted to see this made into a full-length feature film.
Really?: 1) Considering Lisa’s husband died in the previous year’s race, and she doesn’t understand why these macho idiots risk their lives to drive faster than anyone else, I’m not entirely sure why she’s in this movie, except to provide McQueen with a love interest. 2) Gee…that’s an awfully long commentary/public broadcast from the announcer about the rules of Le Mans. Would anyone in the bleachers actually be able to follow something that detailed?
Rating: Le Mans might be considered an experiment in minimalist filmmaking. There isn’t much of a story, and the first 37 minutes contain no audible dialogue from any of the characters! That said, Le Mans isn’t really a bad movie. The film’s near-documentary style is oddly compelling, and – unlike Driven – there aren’t any bad performances, or cringe-inducing lines. Save it for a rainy Sunday afternoon. 6/10 stars.