Speed Racer Review



The same guys who directed one of the most successful (and cryptic) trilogies in Hollywood, The Matrix Trilogy seem to have completely lost their minds with this one. The brothers it seems, got tired of all the black and green from their Matrix days and decided to direct a color riot. Actually ‘color riot’ is an understatement,it’s more like the screen was attacked with all the colors in the Asian Paints repertoire!

The plot of the movie is a total run of the mill under dog story. Speed Racer (Yes that is his REAL NAME) played by Emile Hirsch, is a young, hot shot racer with an enormous appetite for success. He drives for his father Pops Racer’s team Racer Motors (once again, Racer Motors is to the other teams what Maruti Go-karts are to a Ferrari). Impressed with Speed’s talent, a corporate biggie, Mr. Royalton (owner of ‘Royalton Motors’) offers him a contract which will help Speed leapfrog to Grand Prix success. But keeping his sanskaars in mind, Speed does not give in to temptation and declines the offer following which Mr. Royalton shows his ugly side and swears that Speed will ‘never win a race, let alone finish the next one). But little does he know that Speed has a guardian angel…Racer X…his since-long ‘deceased’ brother (who faked his death and got a plastic surgery, and changed his voice too in true Ekta Kapoor soap fashion).

Defying the odds one after the other, Speed first ends up on the winning team of a treacherous Cross-Country race, ‘The Casa Cristo’ in which his brother Rex, a.k.a. Racer X died. And finally he realizes his dream and wins the baap of all races, The Grand Prix with the support of Pops, Mom, Spritle, Chim Chim the Chimp and his girlfriend Trixie (Cristina Ricci).

The performances are loaded with over-acting, but then again what do you expect in a Speed Racer adaptation. The $100,000,000 worth special effects are worse than the earliest versions of Need for Speed. This movie is by no means worth a multiplex ticket.

The only saving grace to this one is young Paulie Litt’s performance as Spritle. The kid will have you in splits everytime he’s on screen.


RATING: 1 out of 5.

What the Ratings Mean:

0 – Terrible Beyond Imagination
1 – Mostly Pathetic
2 – Strictly OK
3 – Good
4 – Very Good
5 – Bow Down and Worship!