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review by Bobby Blakey

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.”

Anytime you get a film that is focused on some sort of sport then there is a chance you could get something special. The latest hoping to bring something different to the genre is Dirt starring Kevin Dillon, DeRon Horton and Christina Moore, but does it offer anything that helps it win the race or will it get stuck in the mud?

Dirt follows 17-year old Dez Truss is given one last chance to turn his life around after he is caught boosting cars in an auto-theft ring. When he is introduced to former Off Road Truck-driver-turned team owner Rick Radden, neither suspects that this is the change both so desperately need. In exchange for a roof over his head, Dez is offered the chance to use the skills he developed in the streets as part of the pit crew for Rick’s team. Faced with an underperforming and apathetic driver, Rick finds himself in search of a lifeline for his struggling off road racing team. I knew nothing about this movie going in and found the idea of this off road truck racing to be something fresh and new. I was surprised that the film was actually better than I had expected despite it still being kind of generic.

I loved Kevin Dillon throughout Entourage, but it was nice to see him playing a different sort of character. He brought that little something that the film needed to really work as a whole as did the entire cast in the pit crew. DeRon Horton was the real lead as the story really follows him. He was fine in the role, but the story was predictable and generic not giving him much to work with. This film take on the usual Hollywood direction of needing to make the troubled youth be redeemed but his past come back to haunt him. This element made it feel to forced for me when they had a decent thing going for it as it developed before circling back to that. Despite this misstep the film still works well enough and offers up some fun racing sequences that are shot great.

This is one of those films that feels like might have been more of a made for TV film, but the production value with the racing helps to make it feel bigger. If you like Dillon or the world of off road racing then give it a shot and decide for yourself when Dirt hits DVD on March 20th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

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