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Speed Racer (2008)

Written By Awir Aditya on Thursday, December 17, 2009 | 5:26 AM


Genre: Sports/Science-fiction/Action/Drama/Adventure

Starring: Emile Hirsch, John Goodman, Christina Ricci, Roger Allam, Matthew Fox

Based on the very popular Japanese cartoon with the same name, Speed Racer narrates the story of the Racer family for whom racing runs in their blood. Speed (Hirsch) is an aspiring racer and learns to walk on the footsteps of his deceased brother Rex, who died in an accident while racing. Speed starts gaining popularity and is soon offered an alliance with a huge corporate entity headed by Royalton (Allam). Speed and his family decline the offer and Royalton tells him that all Grand Prix races are rigged and Speed would never be a true racer. Speed is approached by Inspector Detector and Racer X (Fox) who want Speed to race at the notorious Cassa Cristo Rally and help Taejo's team win. If that happens then Taejo would reveal vital information required to arrest Royalton and put an end to all rigged races. The movies underpinnings are same as that of the original cartoon and the only difference being is that the movie is based in a world much ahead of ours. The cartoonish and animated effects may be a little weird but its definitely different. The movie is absolutely adrenaline-rushing and you might just find yourself standing up and cheering 'GO SPEED GO!'

Thumbs up: Thrilling action and gripping story
Thumbs down: Part-animation and cartoonish effects may not appeal to everyone

Rating: 7.5/10
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