After winning domestic preliminary round, Lisa, Lorna, and Soichi advance to ex-Driver world race competition held in Los Angeles as representative team from Japan. Like a bad omen, they encountered a reckless AI car the first night they arrived at Los Angeles. Although they successfully stopped the car, the local police department is not very happy about that and insists to examine their car overnight.
However, the problem did not stop just there. The daughter of the United States team`s sponsor, Angela, has gone missing. Lorna realized that Angela was on the reckless AI car before. Soichi who guessed that Angel could be in danger then start looking for her. But Soichi got captured by a mysterious man, and he shocked to find Angela is also there.
During the confinement inside a warehouse, Soichi finds out that apparently there is a connection between the series of incident and illegal gambling on the ex-Driver world race competition. Now Soichi must escape from the warehouse with Angela...
Surprisingly, eX-Driver got a movie. Well, it calls itself a movie, it's more like an hour long direct-to-DVD special that managed to get a higher budget, which unfortunately means more shitty early 2000s anime CGI to go along with the better animation.
After entering and winning a domestic preliminary round, our main trio of characters, Lisa, Lorna, and Soichi, advance to ex-Driver world race competition held in Los Angeles as representative team from Japan. Not long after arriving in LA, an AI car goes haywire, setting of a chain of events that lead out main trio in a conspiracy involving the race competition and some of
the people involved with it.
The only thing I can compliment is the step up in animation. It's still not that good, but i guess it's something. The main trio of characters still don't get much in terms of development. But hey, since it's taking place somewhere else we get introduced to a whole new cast of characters. In this case, that's not a good thing.
If the original series of cliched archetypes, this "movie" has somewhat racist stereotypes, in the Italian-American and Chinese variety. I don't know who approved of these characters, but holy shit, someone needed to get fired. At least the main trio are slightly better in that I'm not as annoyed at them as I was in the series and they seem to have the bare minimum of an arch throughout the "movie". Which is twice as annoying, since the series is where all of the character development should have been.
Overall, this movie is not that much more interesting than the series. We don't even get cheap jokes about the difference between how Japan and America deal with the way they deal with their AI cars.
If you didn't like or had no interest in the series, there's not much of a reason to watch this film. And since this is just barely better than the series, if only because of a bigger budget, there's not much reason to watch this outside of liking the original series. And I have to imagine that there aren't that many fans of the original series, let alone people who have even heard of it outside of looking for more of Kōsuke Fujishima's work or someone happening to catch it on TV in their youth and enjoying it then.