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Speed Racer (2008)

PG | | Action, Family, Sport | 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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Everyman Announcer
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Harold Ledermann Announcer
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Olivier Marlo ...
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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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Speed has no limits. See more »

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Action | Family | Sport

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

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Release Date:

9 May 2008 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

"Pops" is a great fighter in both the movie and the television show. See more »

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Near the end of the film (2:06:51), "The Racing Chronicle" has a typo. "No.42/54 Independent Daily Racing News piublished by THE RACING CHRONICLE,..." should read "published" instead of "piublished." 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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120 minutes of annoying transitions
10 January 2010 | by (the rock) – See all my reviews

I saw SPEED RACER on a movie channel and the film was barely watchable. Anyone who says this film is good is seriously delusional, knows nothing about movies or needs to see a psychiatrist.

This "film" had two major flaws (three if you count the script):

The first major flaw is the way it was filmed. It wants to be an live action version of the classic Japanese animated series, which was mainly flat renditions of the animated characters in simple color schemes and yet for the film the actors and sets were filmed with deep shadows, gradients, etc. The cinematography should have been simple with a minimal of details. Such as it was though it overloaded every inch of the screen with gaudy effects or color with the humans lost in all of it. Visually, it's a disaster from start to finish.

The second major error was the extreme overuse of transitions throughout the 2 hour running time. Practically every second (yes, SECOND) the Wachowskis used fade ins, fade outs, overlaps, cross dissolve, etc, not to go from one scene to another but from one shot to another within the same scene. For two whole hours. It's mind boggling bad, boneheaded and really makes me question if the brothers even know how to direct. Transitions are cool and fun from time to time but supremely annoying if overused and in SPEED RACER they don't overuse it, they ABUSE it which makes for a painful viewing experience.

It's no wonder the film bombed. It's simply impossible to get into it with those two major flaws.


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