Review: ‘Speed Racer’ Limps Around the Track

Speed RacerPRLog (Press Release) – May 10, 2008 – For a movie about velocity, the excitement factor is low and the races feel like a drag. Perhaps that has a lot to do with its length: 2 hours and 15 minutes, which is at least a half-hour too long for a movie based on a cartoon.

Racer can look vibrant with its blend of live action and computer-generated animation. But the cars zipping around the track look interchangeable, and the action sequences are more video game than movie.

Writers/directors Larry and Andy Wachowski (TheMatrix trilogy) attracted some major acting talent. Emile Hirsch is fine as Speed, though the role doesn’t exactly offer the challenge of his Oscar-caliber performance in “Into the Wild.” Christina Ricci is his girlfriend, Trixie, and Susan Sarandon and John Goodman play his parents.

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