OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: Turbo. Starring the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti and Samuel L. Jackson. Directed by David Soren
Turbo is a snail with a dream. A dream to be fast! Fast enough to race in the Indy 500. Yet, Turbo is stuck in a slow-paced life, frustrated by and ostracised from his community.
One night after embarrassing himself amongst his fellow snails, he gets thrown into the engine of a drag car and ends up getting injected with the power only Peter Parker and his encounter with a radioactive spider can relate to.
Realising his wish has come true, Turbo, through a series of misadventures and encounters with some random and hilarious characters, has to chance of living his dream; to race in the Indy 500.
Like every animated film these days, big star names voice the cute characters presented on the screen. This time around the playful yet endearing tones of Ryan Reynolds (Safe House, The Proposal) voices Turbo. Reynolds is joined by Paul Giamatti (Rock of Ages), Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers, Django Unchained) and appropriately Michelle Rodriquez (The Fast and Furious series). The stand-out voice though has to go to Ken Jeong (Community, The Hangover series) who plays a female version of his typecast self.
Pitched as a Fast & Furious with snails, the story itself is quite cliched and predictable, but it doesn't matter. With the help of a rocking soundtrack (including Survivor's Eye of the Tiger and House of Pain's Jump Around), fun and quirky characters and some colourful animation, Turbo is a delight to watch.
Audiences will get to see more of zippy wee Turbo in the future with a television series planned, a video game already released and undoubtedly, a sequel (not yet confirmed).
Turbo is for those audiences that are too young to watch Ron Howard's Rush or for those that want something a bit more light- hearted.
On all accounts, Turbo delivers. Go see it, it's a bit of fun.
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