DVD Release: September 15, 2015


A drag racer’s life is turned upside down after a crash that leaves him a paraplegic. Forced to face his new circumstances, he struggles to walk, trust, love and, ultimately, race again.

Dove Review

“Adrenaline” is a winner of a film! Joseph Jenkins (Michael Rosander) is a racer, just like his dad, and he likes to win. When challenged by a jerk named Jason Skynard (Anthony Reynolds) to race for a nice cash prize, Joseph can’t refuse. The race begins just as it starts raining and Joseph’s car flips several times, leaving him paralyzed. His racing days seem to be behind him.

Enter Josie Rigsby (Charlene Amoia), a physical therapist who takes a liking to Joseph. In one scene, when Joseph is having a bad day and feeling sorry for himself, Josie shows him a scrapbook of former patients and what they went on to accomplish. For example, a young woman named Kate lost a leg at age 22 but went on to land a great job, get married, and have children. Joseph’s roommate, Eli, helps him open up and has Joseph join him and some other patients for a game of throwing objects in a bed pan! Another influential person who comes into his life is Joseph’s Uncle Paul (John Schneider). Uncle Paul gets Jospeh into a race car and racing again, something he never thought would be possible.

With Joseph working hard and learning to cope, and his relationship with Josie blooming, he begins to enter race after race and wins. He is dealing with his paralysis while refusing to let it beat him. Yet he has one big challenge remaining: he must defeat his nemesis Jason Skynard, the man he was racing when his accident occurred, in order to win a big championship. How will Joseph respond to his biggest challenge yet?

The acting is excellent and the story is nicely resolved. The importance of loved ones and having a purpose in life are wonderful themes. We are ecstatic to award this movie our Dove “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages 12+. “Adrenaline” is awesome! See it soon!

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: An innuendo when girl asks a driver if his car has a back seat.
Language: Punk-1; men telling a paraplegic racer "Go Cripple!"
Violence: Man punches someone who taunts him; car crashes during a race and flips over a few times; blood on driver's face; man pushes items off a counter in anger.
Drugs: A character smokes cigar; drinking beer; bar scene.
Nudity: Mild cleavage; man is seen running in a hospital gown.
Other: Man tosses a gift in anger; man doesn't want to hear about God from his roommate but later changes his mind; man says that God is a fairytale; tension between characters; death and grief; men mock and taunt another.


Company: Word Films
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 90 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter