Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Samuel L. Jackson
Directed by: David Soren
Written By: Darren Lemke, Robert D. Siegel, David Soren
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 1 hr 36 min.
On the surface, Turbo is a bright and colorful heart warming underdog story. Dig only a little deeper and it’s really a derivative product that manages to throw in some good old-fashioned ethnic stereotyping in for good measure.
When I saw this in the theater a little over a year ago, I did end up in a pretty crowded screening and noticed how much the kids were enjoying themselves. Especially during the scenes when Turbo (Ryan Reynolds) first discovers his nitro-fueled superpowers! Which I’ll admit was kinda fun.
The parents on the other hand seemed pretty quiet, or perhaps they were taking a nap, happy in the knowledge their ‘precious angels’ were silent and occupied. If they were actually watching the film, it’s likely they were trying to figure out how to save the snails in their backyard. Because it wouldn’t be long before a reenactment of the climactic Indy 500 race occurred in their living rooms. Complete with several unfortunate snails krazy-glued to their kids favorite Hotwheels(TM).
After re-watching this recently, my opinion of the movie hasn’t changed all that much. The story itself is completely implausible (obviously), and the script really doesn’t do a good enough job to move you past that. Now you might say I’m being too harsh. Maybe. But I saw an elephant fly once and I didn’t question that at all.
This is really designed to entertain the kids, and there’s very little for parents to enjoy here.
This is a bright and loud animated flick and it looks and sounds great in a theater. At home a HD viewing on your home theater system is the best way to enjoy this film.
Best moment: << mild spoiler >>
Samuel L. Jackson gives Whiplash his voice, and there’s this cool moment near the end of the film when he gives Turbo a pep talk. Whiplash for a brief moment becomes Jules from Pulp Fiction, and it’s pretty funny.