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Landspeed (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 11 June 2002 (USA)
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Two teams are in a heated race for the money and the honor that comes with breaking the land speed world record.

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Christian McIntire

Writer:

Michael Johnston (as Micheal Baldwin)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Zane ... Michael Sanger
Ray Wise ... Brian Sanger
Pamela Gidley ... Linda Fincher
Scott Wiper ... Steve Saragosta
Val Lauren ... Sarb Parikh
G.W. Stevens G.W. Stevens ... Ziggy Peterson
Simon Rhee ... Hiro
Adam Caine ... Otto
Dylan Neal ... Young Brian Sanger
Chad S. Taylor ... James
Robert Zachar ... Gerhardt (as Bob Zachar)
Amanda Kiely ... Madeline Corbett (as Amanda Reyne)
Jamie McShane ... Miles Vanover
Greg Travis ... Clayton Winfree
Jeanette O'Connor Jeanette O'Connor ... Shady Gray
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Two teams are in a heated race for the money and the honor that comes with breaking the land speed world record.

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Drama | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Landspeed - Massima velocità See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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$7,500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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This could have been so much more.
18 March 2005 | by vampyrecowboySee all my reviews

This had so much potential but fell short on many levels.

First...hard to imagine a $50 million dollar prize...if the winner gets that much...how much do the initial investors and organizers make?

Why couldn't anybody afford to put their logo on a car that is going to make part of history? Nobody can throw a sticker on a high powered race car for any sort of sponsorship money? The car was almost 20 feet long, if not longer and nobody had the guts to go to a 7-11 and say to the guys...hey, we got a 2 million dollar car that needs a logo on the side...how much money you got to throw up a sticker so that millions of viewers can see this advertising? Come on...they are in America...land of the conglomerate and corporations. Somebody somewhere wants instantaneous brand recognition...not just the oil refineries.

One very very important note...during a highly televised event, there were barely any spectators, no vendors, barely any news-crews or journalists. NOBODY cheered...

I've seen street-fights with more crowd participation and turnout.

What was supposed to be the buildup of such an extravagant event in history was dismissed as if it was just 2 dudes with a Mustang and a Camaro street racing in an empty shopping mall parking lot.

While it had action....there was nothing to sustain it, to make it seem real. If there was a crowd, and groupies and hot models wearing swimsuits with beer banners sewn across the mid-waist, then it would be a kick ass event. There were no t-shirt vendors, or food, souvenir or camera tents. Nothing that makes this seem like a spectator sport.

There is no pull for the viewer to root for any nation in-particular or for a driver.

There is no sneakiness or regret, anger or hostility that real drivers or athletes in competition face.

A montage to signify the building of the cars, the pit crew making adjustments to the motor...you got to have a montage...even Rocky had a montage...always fade out on a montage.

So...here it is, a bigger budget, a more well known cast, some reworking of the script, more extras for fill in, accommodating theme music, fast cuts and cameras placed at the base of the car while it was in motion would bring this to an edge of your seat race flick with a hotshot driver and a hotshot car to boot.

And then the time-line when this all happens...there is nothing to signify how long preparation takes from the opening scenes to the finale...which needed dire improvement. Was it 1 week? 1 month? Not truly terrible by any means, but when you view it...and you will, you will realize that it has so much more potential.

Maybe a bigger budget would have worked it good...and yes, another name aside of Billy Zane wouldn't hurt either, but the actual buildup was a letdown, which is so common in many films produced and/or distributed by the companies that are associated with this film.

They build it up, only to let something fizzle and dissolve into a disappointment which leaves the viewer-(us)feeling empty.

Sometimes it's the music - something that is supposed to be so intense on screen is often devalued because there is no background music score to heighten and elevate the scene or dialog or action. Tension in a race car is evident and a definite. It's SUPPOSED to be a challenge, not a Sunday stroll in the countryside.

Sometimes it's the lack of use of close-ups or fast cuts...but whatever it is, in Landspeed...where it's all about action and speed, it leaves the scenes empty and desolate.

So even if they broke Mach 5, big flicking deal. There is nothing to make us grip our seats and say..."wow...that was so cool" or "holy shot, what a move" So when you rent or buy, steal or borrow this movie...you have to imagine more than what you see from the screen, put the two together, drink some alcohol and maybe smoke some weed too...then you will enjoy this more than being straight, sober and the time that passes you by will seem well worth it.

When making an action film-NEVER NEVER NEVER skimp on the action or the budget...they go hand in hand. Not necessarily meaning lots of fire and explosions, but something that keeps the ACTION alive to be called ACTION.


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