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Born to race cars, Speed Racer is aggressive, instinctive and, most of all, fearless. When Speed turns down a lucrative and tempting offer from Royalton Industries, he not only infuriates the company's maniacal owner but uncovers a terrible secret—some of the biggest races are being fixed by a handful of ruthless moguls who manipulate the top drivers to boost profits.
Action - This is an extremely effects-heavy adaptation of the popular Japanese
anime TV series from the '60s aimed at family and kid audiences. The
very brightly colored, wild and active visual style could be
headache-inducing and nauseating for sensitive viewers. Unlike most
films aimed at families and the younger set, this film clocks in over
PROFANITY: 1 S-word; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Fights and gunplay without love. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: Many wild car races; fights and chases. COMEDY: Kid and animal humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average ...the film needs more than what might result from the explosion of a Crayola factory, and Speed Racer has nothing extra to offer - no heart, no excitement, no moments to cherish.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average 'Speed Racer' is a manufactured widget, a packaged commodity that capitalizes on an anthropomorphized cartoon of Capitalist Evil in order to sell itself and its ancillary products.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average For a movie about velocity, the excitement factor is low and the races feel like a drag.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 75 moviegoers:
CHILDREN: They loved it!
TEENS: The five male teens loved it!
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Both the male and female reviews aren't great, but they certainly aren't bad. About three-quarters of each enjoyed it very much and the remaining quarter rated it "Good/Average," which is decent. Recommended.
ADULTS: For a movie mainly targeted at kids, these are very good reviews from adults, both males and females. As could be expected, with this type of movie, there aren't very many real high reviews and there are quite a few reviews a little on the low end. Fortunately, only a small percentage were actually disappointed so I have no problem HIGHLY RECOMMENDING "SPEED RACER" as a GREAT FAMILY MOVIE!
Hurtling down the track, careening around, over and through the competition, Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is a natural behind the wheel. Born to race cars, Speed is aggressive, instinctive and, most of all, fearless. His only real competition is the memory of the brother he idolized—the legendary Rex Racer—whose death in a race has left behind a legacy that Speed is driven to fulfill.
Speed is loyal to the family racing business, led by his father, Pops Racer (John Goodman), the designer of Speed's thundering Mach 5. When Speed turns down a lucrative and tempting offer from Royalton Industries, he not only infuriates the company's maniacal owner (Roger Allam) but uncovers a terrible secret—some of the biggest races are being fixed by a handful of ruthless moguls who manipulate the top drivers to boost profits. If Speed won't drive for Royalton, Royalton will see to it that the Mach 5 never crosses another finish line.
The only way for Speed to save his family's business and the sport he loves is to beat Royalton at his own game. With the support of his family and his loyal girlfriend, Trixie (Christina Ricci), Speed teams with his one-time rival—the mysterious Racer X (Matthew Fox)—to win the race that had taken his brother's life: the death-defying, cross-country rally known as The Crucible.