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Film Review: “Speed Racer”

May 07, 2008

The film tells the story of young Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch), part of the Racer family which includes the patriarchal engineering genius Pops (John Goodman) as well as his driving wunderkind older-brother Rex (Scott Porter). Speed idolizes Rex and loves racing. Rex has a falling out with Pops when he decides to sign with a corporate sponsor, leaving Racer Motors behind. Not long after, he is killed in a race crash. Speed grows up to become Rex's equal behind the wheel but eventually finds himself in the same trap that Rex fell into, with greedy sponsors pressuring him to sign, and threatening to bring ruin on the Racer family if he doesn't.  Read More