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Starring Emile Hirsch, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon and Roger Allam. Directed by The Wachowski Brothers
Running Time: 135 mins
Rated: Rated PG (action violence and coarse language)

With the developments in technology for film-making and the creative inventiveness for storytelling which means that beginning, middle and end do not necessarily have to appear in that order, it seems that many young viewers (and critics) are so fascinated by the form of a film that the way a film looks and the clever way a film is constructed becomes as important as or more important than the plot and the values dramatised.

This is true of Speed Racer. It is an extraordinary cinematic creation in its style. Based on a Japanese comic and animated television series, the Wachowski Brothers bring the skills they showed for The Matrix series and create a world of human beings with touches of realism in a setting of bright colour, videogame settings and shapes, adrenalin action that are intended to grip the audience and keep them there for over two hours. And, in entertainment terms, that will happen for many audiences.

However, much of it was a dead loss for this reviewer. While there was some fascination with the creativity and the imaginative use of comic book landscapes and styles as well as reasonable performances from Emile Hirsch as the young racer with an innate genius for cars and John Goodman and Susan Sarandon as his parents (and a pantomime-style villain in British stage actor, Roger Allam), the theme was not all that interesting and the thundering action and emotion was in the 'sound and fury' vein of much ado.

Hopscotch Out June 12

Fr Peter Malone MSC directs the film desk of SIGNIS: the World Association of Catholic Communicators, and is an associate of the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting

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