Speed Racer

DVD Reviews | Sep 13th, 2008

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Starring Emile Hirsch, Matthew Fox, Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon, John Goodman, Richard Roundtree, Hiroyuki Sanada, Benno Furmann
Written By: The Wachowski Bros
Directed By: The Wachowski Bros
Studio: Warner Bros
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The Matrix creators are back with their first directorial debut since the last Matrix movie, and unfortunately, it’s Speed Racer. Known for making one of the best and coolest Sci Fi films, in the Matrix, The Wachowski’s have a made a kiddie flick, hopped up on Willy Wonka’s everlasting gobstobber apparently. Essentially a kid film, based off the 60’s cartoon, the film is all special effects and over the top acting.

Speed Racer loves to race. Brought up his whole life to race, with proud parents in tow, Speed is now 18 years old and looking to join the ranks of many racers with a sponsorship. When Royalton Industries is interested in young Speed, they think throwing tons of cash and sponsorships his way, it will entice him even more. Turning down the offer, Speed feels it goes against the family business of giving in to big business and ruining the sport they love. Royalton Industries vows to destroy Speed and everything he has strove for in the racing business. Joining him is the mysterious Racer X, who reminds Speed of the brother he once lost years ago in the a controversial race that the family did not want him to partake in. Racer X, Speed’s girlfriend Trixie and the family help try and uncover Royalton’s master plans of trying to control the racing industry.

The film itself is pretty childlike and to me unwatchable. Visually, it’s a chaotic mess that is shot entirely on green screen. I can see why some people suffered seizures during this film as the color spectrum has vomited on screen. Everything passes by so quick and cannot absorb what was last seen. Hirsch, who has the ability to do a good job as an actor, same for Matthew Fox, both cannot be taken seriously in this film. I wonder if the Wachowski’s wait another five years to release a film, how badly that one will be as well. Perhaps and go re-watch The Matrix and stick to something they are good at.

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ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Widescreen 2.40:1 Color (Anamorphic)

English, French, Spanish

Favorite Scenes: End titles
Rating: PG
Running Time: 135 minutes
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