Thursday, 6 September 2012

Speed Racer Review








Speed Racer


Release Date: 12th June 2008 - Australia


Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures (presents)
Village Roadshow Pictures (in association with)
Silver Pictures
Anarchos Productions (in association with)
Velocity Productions (co-production)
Sechste Babelsberg Film (co-
production)

Distribution 
Roadshow Distribution


Genre: Action

Rating: PG

Runtime: 135 minutes


Budget: $120,000,000

Box Office Gross: $93,945,766
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Start your engines and fasten
your seat-belts for the high
octane family film that follows
the adventures of the young
race car driver Speed and his
quest for glory behind the
wheel of his thunderous
Mach 5. With support from
Pops and Mom Racer,
girlfriend Trixie, younger
brother Spritle and the
mysterious Racer X, Speed
takes on fierce competitors
to save his family's business
and to protect the sport he
loves.


Cast
Emile Hirsch - Speed Racer
Nicholas Elia - Young Speed Racer
Christina Ricci - Trixie
Ariel Winter - Young Trixie
Matthew Fox - Racer X
Rain - Taejo Togokahn
John Goodman - Pops Racer
Susan Sarandon - Mom Racer
Scott Porter - Rex Racer
Paulie Litt - Spirtle Racer
Kick Gurry - Sparky
Benno Furmann - Inspector Detector
Roger Allam - E.P. Arnold Royalton
John Benfield - Cruncher Block
Ralph Herforth - Jack
"Cannonball" Taylor
Yu Nan - Horuko Togokahn
Peter Fernandez - Race
Commentator (Cameo)

Crew
Writers/Producers/Directors -
Andy & Lana Wachowski
Based on Anime TV Show "Speed
Racer" - Tatsuo Yoshida
Producers - Grant Hill & Joel Silver
Co-Producers - Jessica Alan, Roberto Malerba,
Henning Molfenter & Charlie Woebcken
Production Designer - Owen Paterson
Costume Designer - Kym Barrett
Director of Photography - David Tattersall
Visual Effects Supervisors - Chadi Abo,
John Gaeta, Dan Glass, Kim Libreri
& Kevin Scott Mack
Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM - John Knoll
Film Editors - Roger Barton &
Zach Staenberg
Music - Michael Giacchino


Review
While not the best work from The Wachowskis, SPEED RACER is a visual stylized candy that sort of plays out like a Hot Wheels movie, but packs itself with its radical race-car action-sequences, amazing cinematography and extremely fun parts that keeps this movie adaptation of an anime show on the racing track. The acting of Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci and Roger Allam were good, but the best performance was done by John Goodman who is the perfect pick for Speed's dad.

In all, this movie is an entertaining thrill ride suitable for most people who enjoy the original Speed Racer anime.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

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