“Born to Race” is a story about a young, rebellious racer Danny Krueger (Joseph Cross), who can’t seem to keep his temper under control. Another problem is his obsession with high speed and drag racing.
After he screws up, and gets caught participating in an illegal street race, his mom sends him away to live with his father Frank (John Pyper-Ferguson), a washed up professional racer.
At first, Danny hates the fact that he has to live under one roof with someone who abandoned his family long time ago.
However, when Danny decides to enter the NHRA High School Drag Racing Championship, his father seems like the only one who can help him to prepare for the races and an opportunity to take down the local hot shot.
Similar things in these movies is the story line, and the only difference is that in “Fists…” we had martial arts, and in “Born to Race” we have drag racing. Same old story: young kid prepares for the final fight (race) to take down a champion (best local driver), and sees some help from washed up, former champions (his father, ex professional racer).
And, as much as I did like “Fists of Iron”, I also loved “Born to Race”. The film really doesn’t offer anything new, but the characters are likable (especially veteran actor John Pyper-Ferguson, whom I personally remember from his battles with Mark Dacascos in “Drive”).
Even that I am not much of a car fan, there are some great racing scenes, and even a love backstory (yeah, Danny also gets to fall in love with a beautiful girl).
Another veteran actor Matt McCoy gets a bit part here as Danny’s step father in the beginning of the movie.
To sum it up, if you like racing movies and you’re a car fan, give this one a look. This is no “Fast and Furious”, but limited budget doesn’t really kill the movie, as its totally watchable. Yes, cliches all over the place, but in this case they don’t frustrate.
By the way: The director of the film, Alex Ranarivelo made this movie based on his own experiences as a street racer (the man was a 18 time NHRA champion), so I suppose he knows the subject well. If you’re still thinking whether to watch the film or not, below is a teaser-trailer for you.
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