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Jerry Was a Race Car Driver

By Brian Prisco | Industry | February 10, 2010 |

By Brian Prisco | Industry | February 10, 2010 |

Formula One Racing is possibly one of the most dangerous, expensive, heart-ripping competitions in the world. And like soccer, Americans rarely can be forced to give a shit, so there’s never been a successful movie made about it. Unless of course you choose to ignore the patently Oscar-snubbed Driven with Sylvester Stallone. Which you should.

Mark Monroe has decided to follow up his face-meltingly devastating documentary The Cove with a documentary about the history of the sport. By all rights, and since they chose to ignore Anvil! The Story of Anvil!, Monroe’s got the best shot of winning Oscar gold next month. And yet…I’m not entirely sold on him killing this Formula One doc.

What made The Cove so shocking was that it was like a Rainbow Six operation, where they developed technology and a plot to sneak into the compound to witness the Japanese slaughter of dolphins. Now, sure, the rest of the documentary was completely functional and great — but most of the power came from this sense of danger. You’re sure that someone’s going to get killed on camera.

I don’t see Monroe sneaking into garages to discover some dark secret about Formula One Racing. Like the German team is secretly lubricating their wheels with orphan blood or the Saudis are powering their racer with the corpses of used up sex slave ring teens. Personally, I’m hoping they get a shot of Danica Patrick’s headlights, since she seems intent on selling out her image and all the prestige of being one of the most successful females ever to compete in the sport with all those awful, awful Go Daddy ads.

Still, Monroe knows how to cobble an interesting documentary. I imagine if there’s something of interest in driving at bullet speeds around a race track, he’ll find it.

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