Born to race cars, Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is aggressive,instinctive and, most of all, fearless. His only real competition isthe memory of the brother he idolized -- the legendary Rex Racer, whosedeath in a race has left behind a legacy that Speed is driven tofulfill. Speed is loyal to the family racing business, led by hisfather, Pops Racer (John Goodman), the designer of Speed's thunderingMach 5.
When Speed turns down a lucrative and tempting offer from RoyaltonIndustries, he not only infuriates the company's maniacal owner (RogerAllam) but uncovers a terrible secret -- some of the biggest races arebeing fixed by a handful of ruthless moguls who manipulate the topdrivers to boost profits. If Speed won't drive for Royalton, Royaltonwill 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 heloves is to beat Royalton at his own game. With the support of hisfamily and his loyal girlfriend, Trixie (Christina Ricci), Speed teamswith his one-time rival -- the mysterious Racer X (Matthew Fox) -- towin the race that had taken his brother's life: the death-defying,cross-country rally known as The Crucible. Speed Racer 7/10
Joel Silver is on the biggest losing streak of churning out the worstHollywood has to offer. Does he even care about pleasing the publicanymore or is he so out of touch with reality that he thinks thesetypes of movies work? Speed Racer is a hollow shell of a movie with noreal story to tell of and the visuals cannot compensate for that. Sure,the special effects are different but after a while it becomesmonotonous. This movie would have been better served had it been aboutan hour shorter because how much do we really care about the politicsof big business has over racing in the fantasy world of Speed Racer?The kids certainly won't care and that is who this movie is targetedtowards.User: islander7one
This terrible movie is nothing more then a big fatthrow-everything-at-the-screen-and-see-what-sticks insult. By the endyou feel cheated of everything: fun adventure, a tangible sense ofperil, anything approaching drama and even a sense of wonder. Youexperience or feel NONE of those things watching this movie. And, toadd further tacky insult to this gaudily colored eye sore, it can'teven be enjoyed by children, unless something is serious wrong withthem.
Speed Racer isn't a guilty pleasure, it's just guilty guilty ofdiminishing it's source material, guilty of trying to teach a whole newgeneration to accept crappiness as entertainment and guilty of crimesagainst the cinema and, quite possibly humanity itself. The key word is"trying" because hopefully this movie dies trying and is exposed beforetoo many people are tricked in to giving it money to sustain and rewardit. I guess it's quite obvious that I really hated this thing.
There is only one thing I can say about this "movie" and that I hopeit's a prank. I hope that nobody who has any synaptic responses wouldview even a few frames of this and think it was something that theworld should see. It is awful. It is insulting. It is the first timeI've walked out of a movie in at least fifteen years and I've satthrough such gems as Batman & Robin. No, there is nothing redeemingabout this nonsense for anyone of any age. If you take your children tosee this and they weren't already on Ritalin, then they'll probablyneed to be if they enjoy this. It's not that I'm old and cynical. Ilove good kid friendly movies. Shrek 1, The Goonies, Mathilda, and ThePrincess Bride are good kid movies. This is pure drivel in the worstpossible way. I wish I could give this zero stars.
I'm reminded of the line from Billy Madison. Speed Racer, what you'vejust shown me is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have everseen. At no point in your rambling, incoherent "movie" were you evenclose to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyonein this world is now dumber for having watched to it. I award you nostars, and may God have mercy on your soul.
I really wanted to like this because I was a fan of the first Matrixmovie and thought a live action Speed Racer had a lot of potential.But, it was a complete let down. There was no real story except thatSpeed was a great racer and that he will win the final race at the end.Plus, it felt like it took three hours to tell that story. I don't knowwhat they were thinking making the movie so long and boring, especiallywhen they are targeting kids under five years old. And the biggestcomplaint I had with the movie is that I never felt that it was arealistic portrayal of racing. It felt like a video game because youalways felt like you were watching an animation and not that the actorswere really driving in a car. It was too obvious that it was all donein a room where the driving was animated behind them. And the car jumpsfelt a bit repetitious after the 87th flip during a race.User: daniel-stycer