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Speed Racer (2008)

Speed Racer

Overview


Genre

Action, Adventure, Family

Release Date

May 09, 2008

MPAA Rating

PG

Studio

Warner Bros. Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski

Producer

Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, Joel Silver, Grant Hill

Screenwriter

Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, Patrick Read Johnson, John Lau

Starring

Story


Hurtling down the track, careening around, over and through the competition, Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is a natural behind the wheel. Born to race cars, Speed is aggressive, instinctive and, most of all, fearless. His only real competition is the memory of the brother he idolized-the legendary Rex Racer-whose death in a race has left behind a legacy that Speed is driven to fulfill.

Speed is loyal to the family racing business, led by his father, Pops Racer (John Goodman), the designer of Speed's thundering Mach 5. When Speed turns down a lucrative and tempting offer from Royalton Industries, he not only infuriates the company's maniacal owner (Roger Allam) but uncovers a terrible secret-some of the biggest races are being fixed by a handful of ruthless moguls who manipulate the top drivers to boost profits. If Speed won't drive for Royalton, Royalton will see to it that the Mach 5 never crosses another finish line.

The only way for Speed to save his family's business and the sport he loves is to beat Royalton at his own game. With the support of his family and his loyal girlfriend, Trixie (Christina Ricci), Speed teams with his one-time rival-the mysterious Racer X (Matthew Fox)-to win the race that had taken his brother's life: the death-defying, cross-country rally known as The Crucible.

Based on the classic series created by anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida, the live-action "Speed Racer" will showcase the kind of revolutionary visual effects and cutting-edge storytelling that have become the benchmarks of the Wachowski brothers' films.

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PREMIERE PHOTO

Emile Hirsch
"Speed Racer" World Premiere - Arrivals
Apr 26, 2008
Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins
"Speed Racer" World Premiere - Arrivals
Apr 26, 2008

REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..A sugar rush of pop art, op art and pure pop for car people..”
by Steven Rea [Philadelphia Inquirer]
“..bad soap opera..”
by James Berardinelli [Reelviews]
“..too long for kids to sit still and too frenetic for their parents..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]