Since the success of The Fast and the Furious in 2001, street racing movies have been a prominent go-to subject for film studios. Focusing more on the cars and less on the half-naked women, Born To Race: Fast Track is the sequel to 2011’s Born To Race, but oddly with an entirely different cast assuming the roles previously created.
This time Brett Davern plays Danny Krueger, the 20-year old scholarship winner to the prestigious Fast Lane Racing Academy, following on from the last film. The competition now changing from high school jocks to the top young drivers, fate brings Danny face to face with rival Jake Kendall (Beau Mirchoff).
Despite a new cast and context, Fast Track doesn’t avoid the mistakes that plagued its prequel, with the tone of the film off from the opening. The Disney Channel-style flick sits like an awkward prepubescent tween, without enough mature themes to excite older teenagers and too advanced for younger children.
Rife with clichés and lacking the adequate among of adrenaline-fuelled racing scenes, the film is burdened with lack of originality, hollow characters, poor script and bad direction. Though getting progressively better as the plot thickens, the predictability and monotonous racing scenes aren’t exhilarating, interesting or on the fast track.
Originally published in Filmink Magazine, 10 March, 2014.