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Speed Racer (2008)

PG | | Action, Family, Sci-Fi | 9 May 2008 (USA)
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A young driver, Speed Racer, aspires to be champion of the racing world with the help of his family and his high-tech Mach 5 automobile.

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(as The Wachowski Brothers), (as The Wachowski Brothers)

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Mom
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Speed's Teacher
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Gian Ganziano ...
Everyman Announcer
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Harold Ledermann Announcer
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Japanese Announcer
Valery Tscheplanowa ...
Russian Announcer
Sami Loris ...
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Olivier Marlo ...
French Announcer
Sean McDonagh ...
Celtic Announcer
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Storyline

The story begins with Speed Racer who is a young man with natural racing instincts whose goal is to win The Crucible, a cross-country car racing rally that took the life of his older brother, Rex Racer. Speed is loyal to the family business, run by his parents Pops and Mom. Pops designed Speed's car, the Mach 5. The owner of Royalton Industries makes Speed a lucrative offer, Speed rejects the offer, angering the owner. Speed also uncovers a secret that top corporate interests, including Royalton, are fixing races and cheating to gain profit. With the offer to Speed denied, Royalton wants to ensure that Speed will not win races. Speed finds support from his parents and his girlfriend Trixie and enters The Crucible in a partnership with his one-time rival, Racer X, seeking to rescue his family's business and the racing sport itself. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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In the world's fastest race, nothing can slow you down. See more »

Genres:

Action | Family | Sci-Fi | Sport

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Rated PG for sequences of action, some violence and language | See all certifications »

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9 May 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Race Chasers  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£362,102 (UK) (9 May 2008)

Gross:

$43,929,341 (USA) (1 August 2008)
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2.35 : 1
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In the original draft of the script, Royalton's name was Remmington. See more »

Goofs

During the second leg of the Casa Cristo, Snake extracts oil from the back, thus causing Speed's tires to lose friction and almost to lose the race. This should have the same effect on Racer X and Togokhan, but it doesn't, despite the fact that they were directly behind Speed. See more »

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[first lines]
Race Announcer: All drivers to your cars, please. All drivers to your cars.
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Crazy Credits

The first half of the closing credits is white, with speed lines. The latter half of the closing credits is in luminescent rainbow colours. See more »

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Referenced in Bum Reviews: Speed Racer (2008) See more »

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Go Speed Racer Go
Written by Nobuyoshi Koshibe and Yoshida Yoshiyuki
Performed by Ali Dee and Deekompressors (as The Deekompressors)
Produced by Ali Dee and Jason Gleed
Ali Dee and The Deekompressors appear courtesy of DeeTown Entertainment
Contains samples from the "Speed Racer" classic television series (1966-1967)
Licensed courtesy of Speed Racer Enterprising, Inc.
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What were they thinking?
11 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

This movie is bad. It's "Last Action Hero" bad, it's Ang Lee's "Hulk" bad, it's "Flinstones" bad, it's "Phantom Menace" bad. I started to get that sinking feeling as the opening act failed to find it's groove, jumping all over the place without giving the audience a chance to ground themselves. Supposedly this is a movie made for youngsters. If this was true, they would know enough to keep the running time to about 90 minutes. I can guarantee you that if the studio required the Wachowski Bros to shorten the run time, this movie would have been much better. They also should have known that you can't keep up this flashy visual style for over two hours, for it becomes repetitious and loses it's effect on the audience. The worst thing you can ever do for a summer popcorn movie is have long long monologues. My God, it's not a contest to see how many words you can use to describe the racing business. What were they thinking as we are inundated with countless close-ups spewing subplot after subplot. After about an hour of this claptrap, I just gave up trying to keep track of who was in trouble, who was friendly, it just went on and on.

The flashy editing didn't help with the racing sequences, because you are only given 1 second to figure out what's going on in a shot before it changes again. A few race sequences weren't fleshed out enough to get a sense of the endurance. We rarely see the actual start, and the flashy editing prevents you from keeping track of who is where, or whether they are winning.

I gave this movie a shot by seeing it on Imax, but it just made the nose hairs bigger.

Added 05/27/08: I am truly puzzled by the stark contrast in the reviews on IMDb. Many reviews were 10 stars and fawning over how perfect it is. I really can't see by any stretch of the imagination how this could be given a perfect score. Judging not only by the critical reviews but also the nearly empty theatres nationwide, it is NOT any kind of masterpiece. I am hesitant to guess, but perhaps these early reviews were planted? I was fooled in the past by early glowing reviews on IMDb (Swordfish comes to mind), and certainly am wary these days. Especially when the film is given 10 stars and described as if it is the most important achievement in movie-making. Speed Racer? I don't think so.


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