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Movie review: 'Speed Racer'

Movie review: 'Speed Racer'

May 13, 2008|By SALLY NEWLIN / Pulse Correspondent

"Speed Racer" is an invigorating and action-packed movie. I really liked it.

The movie itself, based on the original anime "Speed Racer," was on Saturday morning TV in the late 1960s. The live-action movie is about a boy named Speed (played by Emile Hirsch) who obsesses about racing and nothing else. He and his family, the Racers, live to race. Speed depends on them to cheer him on and help build his racecars.

Speed races not only for himself, but his brother, Rex Racer (Scott Porter), who died in a crash. His family includes his father, Pops (John Goodman), his mother (Susan Sarandon), his little brother Spritle (Paulie Litt) and Chim Chim, their pet chimpanzee. Trixie, Speed's girlfriend (Christina Ricci) watches his back from a helicoptor to help him avoid trouble on the track.

In the original anime, there are no villains, but in this movie, there is one. Royalton (Roger Allam) of Royalton industries recruits racers and uses them for his own profit. The other racing team, Team Togokhan, depends on their main racer, Taejo Togokhan (Bi-Rain), to win, but he is very mysterious, so you never know if he's good or bad.

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"Speed Racer" highly exceeded my expectations. They made the movie so exihilarating and fun that I could barely sit down in my seat. The graphics were amazing.

Though I can't reveal what happens in the movie, I suggest everyone to see it, even if they're not a "Speed Racer" fan.

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