Speed Racer 2008

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Speed Racer is a natural behind the wheel of his thunderous Mach 5. With support from Pops and Mum Racer, girlfriend Trixie, younger brother Spritle and the mysterious Racer X, Speed takes on fierce competitors to save his family's business and protect the sport he loves. When Speed steps onto the track, it's not just a race. It's an adrenaline-fuelled, high-speed charge to th...

Starring:
Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci
Runtime:
2 hours 9 minutes

Speed Racer

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Genres Children & Family, Thriller, Action & Adventure
Director Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
Starring Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci
Supporting actors Susan Sarandon, Matthew Fox, Scott Porter, John Goodman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Cosma Shiva Hagen
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Carter on 7 Jan 2012
Format: Blu-ray
If you want to buy a blu ray movie that will show off the full capabilities of the format (visually at least), your tv and your blu ray player, then look no further. I've been a blu ray viewer for the last couple of years, and made the transition to 1080p 6 months ago. I own Samsung UE46D6530 46-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 3D 400Hz LED SMART Internet TV with Freeview HD which, as What Hifi Sound & Vision said, "has 2D pictures to die for".

That tv made me realise the potential of blu ray - until now, the King of Picture Quality has been Iron Man 2. Speed Racer's picture quality is as good, if not better. It's absolutely, undeniably, jaw-droppingly good for almost the entire film. The colours are so vibrant that they seem to leap out of the screen at you. It's like watching a film made by Haribo. The picture is pin-sharp with hardly any grain to be seen at all, almost as if you're watching a video game and not a (semi) live action movie. I think if only one movie could be said to be truly psychedelic, it has to be Speed Racer.

As for the film itself, I found it to be pretty enjoyable and engaging, in spite of the almost ridiculous levels of cheese and vacuousness. The acting is pretty solid and suitably OTT to match the general theme of the movies. The main characters such as Speed Racer himself have plenty of depth and I found them to be sympathetic. I can imagine that this is probably a marmite kind of film - those who can't get past the cheesiness, the obscure and confusing plot and the frenetic editing will invariably hate this movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Aug 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a movie based on a popular japanese cartoon series of the 60's that developed quite a following in american when it was shown - redubbed - over there. apparently. because I'd never heard much about it before and thus I was able to approach this movie as a member of the general viewing public rather than a die hard fan.

Speed racer is the name of the title character of the film. and he's a young man who drives race cars for his family race team. not quite over the death of his elder brother after a fall from grace as a driver, speed is offered a role driving for a team run by an industrialist. saying no reveals to him how corrupt the sport is. despite finding he has a few allies out there, it's a long hard road for speed to become a champion and clean up the sport.

the directing and the style of the film tries to make it look like what is basically a live action cartoon. whilst this can be a bit jarring for the first fifteen minutes, not least thanks to some rather obvious cgi backgrounds, you do get used to it after that. the inventive use of editing and some beuatifully coloured scenery only adds to the effect.

The cast are all pretty good - especially the chief villain - and as an adventure story it's not bad. You will find yourself getting quite caught in some of the race action. Yet thie may not quite succeed in grabbing all the age groups. spritle, speeds young brother, and his pet monkey are comedy support characters and are clearly meant to be charming and funny but they're horribly irritating. although if you're of their age group then you'll probably love them. trouble is that age group will want to see fast races and excitiement, and they may get bored during all the character stuff.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Jackson on 21 July 2008
Format: DVD
My girlfriend dragged me into the cinema the other day to see this, so I was expecting some kind of shamefully high-budget Hollywood rubbish. What I saw was something completely different from anything else I ever have in this genre... but not particularly in a good way.

I have a bit of a soft spot for arty and unusual films... What I saw here, beneath the layers, was an 'art-house' feature just screaming to get out, and the contrast didn't feel comfortable at all. Amongst the action and special effects, Speed Racer contains a surprising amount of emotional depth, which (as far as I know) is hardly seen within this genre of film.

It tells the story of a young man named Speed Racer, who dreams of one day becoming a star in the extraordinary world of speed racing. The over-complicated plot line involves all the usual oh's and ah's, such as secret corporations hell-bent on bringing him down, mystery characters- never revealed until the end, a some-what touching love story, oh yea... and ninjas (?)

With the exception of the 2005 version of War Of The Worlds, the 2006 version of King Kong, and last year's Transformers, I'd say that Speed Racer contains some of the most brilliant CGI I've ever seen. As an audience, we are taken everywhere from sweeping deserts to beautiful futuristic cities. Some scenes are intriguingly cartoony, but don't worry- this is intentional. About an hour and a half through, when you're just starting to get slightly restless, the movie plummets towards a very flashy showdown of 'good vs. evil', making even the most emotionless audience members raise an eyebrow.

Now all the good stuff's out of the way, it's time for a moan: what I didn't like about Speed Racer, was A) The strange 'strictly-for-children' feel.
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