Wednesday, July 17 2013, 12:30 PM MDT
Movie Review: Turbo
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: David Soren
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Samuel L. Jackson
Genre: Animated, Family
Recommended To: Those looking for an overly familiar story in a slightly different shell.
Synopsis: Turbo is a snail obsessed with car racing. This puts him at odds with his snail community. After a freak accident gives Turbo superpowers he sets out to achieve his dream of racing in the Indy 500.
Review: The story of an outcast chasing down his dreams and winning the adoration of those who initially rejected him is fairly common. With Turbo that story is pushed to an absurd level as a super powered snail chases down his dream of racing in the Indy 500. Not that the absurdity gets in the way of the story. If I can believe in flying elephants, talking cars or aliens rising from the Pacific Ocean I can certainly believe in a speedy snail. The problem with Turbo is that it feels a lot like Pixar’s Cars with a snail as its protagonist. The plot isn’t new and follows a fairly traditional formula. The animation is fairly impressive; I’d expect no less from DreamWorks Animation. Turbo isn’t destined to be a classic, but for children and less demanding adults it provides an ample amount of entertainment.
-Ryan Michael Painter