Speed Racer details
|Formats:||PG DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Fox, Scott Porter, John Goodman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Cosma Shiva Hagen|
|Directors:||Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Family, Thriller|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
|Run time:||2 hours 15 minutes|
|Rental release:||10 Nov 2008|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
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wipeout the movie...By badsibot (3 reviews) from Glasgow , 07 May 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]first things first...I had no expectations for this movie. The trailer made it look like a confusing, cheesy mess and the waskowski's runied the originality of the matrix with it's dire,dull sequels. So it was with a nagging 'what am i doing here?' that i walked into the imax early this morning to see it.
Some really hammy acting made that nagging grow louder but then the racing started and the pure visual assault of color and speed, especially on the imax screen,won me over...a little bit anyway.
You just can't ignore it, the racing is exhilirating and for the most part not totally confusing which is what i expected to be, there's also some fight sequences which are fun, exciting and original.
It's a kids movie, like whacky races on acid, with caricature charactes painted with a very unsubtle brush, but adults will like the way the tracks all look like wipeout courses and all the references to eighties manga and anime.
If you go expecting rubbish I think you'll be pleasantly surprised, and try to see it at imax if u can...you won't have time to question it if you do.
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Speed Racer.By a customer from Glasgow , 06 Apr 2009Ok, i know its fashionable to have a go at the Warshawski Bros after the Matrix mess but i enjoyed this.
Based on some obscure Japanese Cartoon the CGI gives the whole thing a sort of animated reality feel that comes across as totally natural.
The turns of John Goodman, Susan Sarandon and Matthew Fox give some gravitas to the cheesy kiddie script and Emile Hirsch is good as the lead.
Though the action is completely CGI it comes across really well and you cant help but get sucked into it all.
The only fallback was the under 5 relief of Speeds fat kid brother and his chimp, probably the most annoying character since Jar Jar Binks but this film is good family fun.
GreatBy a customer from Newcastle Upon Tyne , 01 Apr 2009Love this film, good acting and the fight scene's were excellent.
Go Racer Go!By MickeyMouse3000 (299 reviews) from Dorset, England , 01 Apr 2009This is like Wacky Races crossed with the Wipeout videogame. For those unfamiliar to either just imagine superfast futuristic racing on gravity defying tracks that loop about all over the place. Throw in some daft humour, OTT characters and villains that rub their hands together and laugh evily (not literally, you fool) and you've pretty much got it. Something about this just tickled my fancy and I had to get it. It's exactly what I hoped for - good lively entertainment with some stunning races. The action is totally unrealistic and awesome with lots of fantastic 'car-fu' stunts and racing. The cars have wheels which can rotate 360 degrees, so they can spin about all over the place at will and jump off the ground using boosters, meaning they can perform all manner of tricky and intricate maneuvers and actually combat other cars whilst racing. A lot of people have been slating this movie, but I love it - it's brilliant no-brainer entertainment and it's very different from anything else. Full of amazing vibrant colours and fast-paced special effects, it's eye candy on steroids. Ok, so it's a far cry from the Wachowski Brothers last phenomenal creation - The Matrix. And yes, it's cheesy at times with some almost slap-stick moments. But personally, these things didn't bother me. I got what I expected, a fun adrenaline-fueled racing movie that would very much appeal to kids (or inner kids, as it were). It put a smile on my face and entertained me thoroughly with it's imaginative and spectacular style. And hey, Matthew Fox (Lost) is in it playing the well named Racer X. Bonus!
Not goodBy Eldeppo (13 reviews) from Cardiff , 24 Mar 2009I didn't realise that this film was aimed towards 10-yr-olds. The brightly-coloured scenes didn't bother me but I felt a little too old for it all.
That kid and his monkey were just annoying, as were the cartoon-y noises.
Couldn't make it past the first 25mins and I'm someone who generally HAS to finish a film once I've started it.
very goodBy mukkker (128 reviews) from broadfields , 19 Mar 2009very good for the kids