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Review: Turbo

Turbo
Jul. 15, 2013by:
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8 10

PLOT: Theo is a snail that wants bigger and better things with his confined garden snail life. With ambitions of being a racecar snail, he escapes from the doldrums by watching his heroes on the television. After a freak accident however he is blessed with the power to speed faster than any snail before him. Will his sudden powers lead to realizing his dreams, or will he crash and burn into the real world?

REVIEW: In the latest adventure from DreamWorks Animation, a garden snail feels the need for speed. TURBO is a predictable fable that follows the same course that many a sports underdog themed movie has followed before it. This little snail named Theo (Ryan Reynolds) doesnt want to accept his uneventful and boring fate like his older brother Chet (Paul Giamatti) has. He wants to someday meet the great racecar driver Guy Gagne (Bill Hadar) and who knows, maybe even race in the Indianapolis 500. This is a pretty big dream for a snail no? However things change for him after a freak accident leaves him fuel injector fortified. Suddenly, his desire to move faster than a snails pace comes to life and he can move as fast as any big-wheel, power mower or even speeding car.

We all know that animated films dont need to pander to children to be successful. They can offer up complex storytelling with riveting characters and go to unexpected places. Still, there is something to be said for a familiar story that can inspire and ignite passion in young viewers. Thankfully TURBO manages to do just that. At the heart of this entertaining and heartwarming flick is the idea that you can strive to be better and dare to dream big. You may know exactly where this is going, but getting there is where the fun lies.

Ryan Reynolds is a great choice to give voice to Theo/Turbo. The cocky yet vulnerable energy he gives the little snail that could works wonders. As a ying to his yang, Giamatti is also perfectly cast as the brother who is more than a little concerned for his younger siblings well-being. When Theo spends his nights watching an old television with videotaped races on VHS while Chet tries to sleep there is an honest to goodness brotherly bond going on, one which continues to grow as the story progresses. Now, how a snail would be able to flip on that VHS machine is sort of hard to believe, but seriously, this is about a snail wanting to win the Indianapolis 500 so youd best be prepared to suspend a ton of disbelief. Of course the same could be said about nearly every single animated film released.

On Theo and Chets adventures, they find themselves taken in by a friendly taco stand owner named Tito (Michael Pena). Much like the two snails, Tito is a dreamer with an older brother Angelo (Luis Guzman) who just doesnt understand. The parallels are overtly similar yet it still works. While spending their time at a taco truck in Van Nuys, California, Theo and Chet meet another group of racing enthusiasts who also happen to be snails - including Samuel L. Jackson as Whiplash, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion) as Smoove Move, Maya Rudolph as Burn plus a few other familiar, with a couple not so familiar, names. The star-studded cast tends to be overused in modern day big-budget animation, yet the vocal talent is more appropriate than say Beyonc in the recent flick EPIC.

Directing his first animated feature, David Soren manages to keep things moving faster than a speeding TURBO. The director also shares writing credits with Darren Lemke and Robert D. Seigel and even though they are treading familiar territory, the script manages to create a very entertaining ride. The opening sequence involving a televised race is especially exciting with the 3D element nearly bringing it all to life. The animation and the story combined make for an energetic feature that is far better than one would expect from a racing snail flick.

TURBO is a simple underdog sports movie. However I found it to be more heartfelt and enjoyable than both the recent MONSTERS UNIVERSITY and DESPICABLE ME 2. The cast is appealing and the story is engaging, even if it is very predictable. The most important thing however is how much fun it is watching the little snail fight against his very own nature of being slow. Reynolds is terrific here as well as most of the supporting characters, especially Hadar, Giamatti and Guzman. It may feel a bit too familiar but TURBO works. In fact, this may be the most entertaining animated movie of the summer.

Source: JoBlo.com

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4:02PM on 07/15/2013

Hmmm

I didn't expect such a good review. Dreamworks upping their game perhaps? They got criticized a lot for their preponderance of sequels, but they've got a string of really good original movies now for their last few releases. I wasn't convinced about Turbo, but if JimmyO says its that entertaining, I guess I'm in. Hard to beat The Croods for best Dreamworks movie this year though. That was also highly entertaining.
I didn't expect such a good review. Dreamworks upping their game perhaps? They got criticized a lot for their preponderance of sequels, but they've got a string of really good original movies now for their last few releases. I wasn't convinced about Turbo, but if JimmyO says its that entertaining, I guess I'm in. Hard to beat The Croods for best Dreamworks movie this year though. That was also highly entertaining.
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2:24PM on 07/15/2013
I've grown to like Dreamworks animations, with HTTYD being one of my favorite (and competing with anything Pixar has done), so this is good news. This movie lightly appealed to me, but I am glad it's so entertaining. I may very well be checking this out now.
I've grown to like Dreamworks animations, with HTTYD being one of my favorite (and competing with anything Pixar has done), so this is good news. This movie lightly appealed to me, but I am glad it's so entertaining. I may very well be checking this out now.
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2:00PM on 07/15/2013
I didn't want to see this movie, but kinda do now. Dreamworks is always give Pixar a run for their money. They hold my favorite animated film, How to Train you Dragon.
I didn't want to see this movie, but kinda do now. Dreamworks is always give Pixar a run for their money. They hold my favorite animated film, How to Train you Dragon.
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1:26PM on 07/15/2013

Thanks

For the awesome review. I was wondering how this flick was going to turn out. The previews looked pretty good, but some of the worst flicks have good trailers. I'm now excited to show it to my kids.
For the awesome review. I was wondering how this flick was going to turn out. The previews looked pretty good, but some of the worst flicks have good trailers. I'm now excited to show it to my kids.
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11:12AM on 07/15/2013
Nice to hear, considering it'll be played in our household countless times...
Nice to hear, considering it'll be played in our household countless times...
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8:20AM on 07/15/2013
Glad to read the positive review. Movie looks like a lot of fun and hopefully it's another hit for Dreamworks after the very overlooked Rise of the Guardians.
Glad to read the positive review. Movie looks like a lot of fun and hopefully it's another hit for Dreamworks after the very overlooked Rise of the Guardians.
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6:20AM on 07/15/2013
8/10? I'm surprised!
8/10? I'm surprised!
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1:01AM on 07/15/2013
Nice review and I believe he is now called Snoop Lion and not Dogg anymore.
Just a heads up for ya. ;)
Nice review and I believe he is now called Snoop Lion and not Dogg anymore.
Just a heads up for ya. ;)
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1:01AM on 07/15/2013
Nice review and I believe he is now called Snoop Lion and not Dogg anymore.
Just a heads up for ya. ;)
Nice review and I believe he is now called Snoop Lion and not Dogg anymore.
Just a heads up for ya. ;)
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