Comedy [93] The producer Joel Silver said that the Wachowskis "have a great story idea for a sequel" but that it is "a great idea for a sequel if it makes sense to make it.". [63] Time magazine critic Richard Corliss claimed that Allam was "channeling Brit pundit Christopher Hitchens as his most pompestuous";[75] similar comparisons were made by several other reviewers. When Speed Racer was released, however, the excitement died. Speed Racer; Speed Racer Box Office; Studios; Summer Movies; 262 Comments 262 Comments. Pop! [50], Speed Racer premiered on April 26, 2008 during a $500,000-estimated event at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, where 4,000 people attended. The Racer family bands together and builds a new Mach 6 in 32 hours. "Speed Racer" opens with a young Speed taking a test in school. [14], In September 2000, Warner Bros. and producer Lauren Shuler Donner hired music video director Hype Williams to take the helm of the project. Directed by Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski. Sci-Fi The film was Speed Racer, and a decade after its release, it's just as beautifully messy and aggressively absurd as it was back in that ancient, pre-Marvel Studios era. [80] It was described as "nearly unmatched [...] insofar as action/adventure/family films go" by Alejandro Stepenberg from JoBlo.com,[81] while Slate's Chris Wade named it "an underrated masterpiece," stating "they [the Wachowskis] made a brilliant visual cartoon that dares to ask that you take it seriously. Speed Racer was elected the third most underrated film of the 2000s by Den of Geek's N.P. Daily Box Office Weekend Box Office Top Movies of 2008 of 2007 of 2006 Top Weekend Opens All-Time Box Office Lee's Predictions Lee's Accuracy Open Comparisons Inflation Adjuster Movie Reviews by Lee by Craig by Scott Lee's 2008 Favorite Movies Lee's All-Time Favorites [68] It was said to be "the most tiresome piece of CGI (Computer Generated Idiocy [sic])" of the "past couple of years" at the time of film's release by Philip French, a The Guardian critic. A young driver, Speed Racer, aspires to be champion of the racing world with the help of his family and his high-tech Mach 5 automobile. Speed Racer, also known as Mach GoGoGo (Japanese: マッハGoGoGo, Hepburn: Mahha GōGōGō), is a Japanese media franchise about automobile racing. With Katsuji Mori, Nair Amorim, Jack Curtis, Cleonir dos Santos. Early estimates indicate that it only made $20 million opening weekend, and even that as it turns out, may be generous. [25] The studio received a grant of $12.3 million from Germany's new Federal Film Fund, the largest yet from the organization, for its production in the Berlin-Brandenburg region. [65], Glenn Kenny of Premiere criticized the film's time-shifting narrative and multiple storylines, saying it "yields heretofore undreamed of levels of narrative incoherence". Rain said he was hired for three years, while noting that does not guarantee that a sequel will be released. Arnold Royalton, the owner of Royalton Industries. However, he stated that "it sags in its midsection" with unnecessary dialogue. Drama [5] In October 1994, singer Henry Rollins was offered the role of Racer X. The film closed its run on August 1, … Preserve one of the most beloved racing shows of all time and share it with generations to come. Racer Taejo Togokahn supposedly has evidence that could indict Royalton but will only offer it up if Speed and the mysterious masked Racer X agree to race on his team in the Casa Cristo 5000, which could also substantially raise the stock price of his family's racing business, blocking a Royalton-arranged buyout. [70] Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune described Speed Racer as "buoyant pop entertainment and noted the Wachowskis respected "the themes of honor, dishonor, family loyalty and Visigoth-inspired barbarism behind the wheel" of the original work. It … Sitting at the wheel of his Mach 5, he consistently deflates the competition. The summer box office season has seen its first crash. Angered, Royalton reveals that for many years, key races have been fixed by corporate interests, including himself, to gain profits. Speed Racer (2008) A young driver, Speed Racer, aspires to be champion of the racing world with the help of his family and his high-tech Mach 5 automobile. Speed wins the race, having successfully exposed Royalton's crimes. He had praise for the cinematography, the musical score, and the cast. Speed Racer At 10: How a Box Office Bomb Turned Cult Classic. He remarked the movie inspires even more thinking than The Matrix because of its "blatantly anti-capitalist storylines". [39], Mattel produced toys based on the film through several divisions. Speed Racer is an 18-year-old whose life and love has always been automobile racing. Article. The products became available in March 2008. Larry Carroll 05/12/2008. [9] However, due to an overly high budget,[10] the same August, director Julien Temple left the project. [21][22] Before he got prepared for the role, Hirsch watched every Speed Racer episode and visited Charlotte Motor Speedway (known as Lowe's Motor Speedway at the time), where he met with driver Jimmie Johnson. "[72] Time magazine included Speed Racer on its list of "The All-Time 25 Best Sports Movies" and "Top 10 Movies of 2008". Had quite a few color pages and the binding is very high quality. [32][33] It was used along with orchestral score; Warner Bros. added an updated version of the "Go Speed Racer Go" theme song, which plays during the end credits, and was produced by Ali Dee Theodore and Jason Gleed, and performed by Ali Dee and the Deekompressors. In its second weekend it grossed $8,117,459 and ranked fourth at the box office. Hot Wheels produced die-cast vehicles, race sets and track sets. [10] With production never becoming active, Vaughn was eventually detached from the project. Speed Racer is officially a tremendous flop. I’d suggest buying from a third party because they’ll ship it safely unlike amazon. Starring Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Fox, Roger Allam, Benno Fürmann, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rain and Richard Roundtree, it is an American-German venture produced by Village Roadshow Pictures, Silver Pictures, Anarchos Productions, Velocity Productions and Studio Babelsberg, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. "[82] Annalee Newitz of io9 analyzed the ten reasons why they believe the film to be an "unsung masterpiece", including its visuals, humor, and political themes. "[78], The film has appeared periodically on lists of underrated films. E.P. But the film performed only modestly at the North American box office, and grossed less than $30 million internationally, per The Numbers. Arnold Royalton, owner of conglomerate Royalton Industries, offers Speed an astoundingly luxurious lifestyle in exchange for signing to race with him. Created by Tatsuo Yoshida. Action "[37], The Los Angeles Times estimated that nearly 5,000 Speed Racer film-related products were licensed by Warner Bros.[38] The film was backed by multiple promotional partners with over $80 million in marketing support. [69], IGN's Todd Gilchrist gave a positive review, stating that Speed Racer "is not merely the best film that it could be, it's pretty much exactly what it should be: full of exciting, brilliantly-conceived races, primary-color characterizations and an irresistible sense of fun". [76][77][66], About the movie's reception, Christina Ricci said: "I think I was aware of the disconnect that was going on at the time, and I was sort of watching and… Not that I expected that, but I knew that there would be problems, because I knew that people were expecting something very different than what was actually going to be delivered. [12] In December 1997, the studio briefly hired Alfonso Cuarón as director. [89] At the 2008 Teen Choice Awards, Speed Racer was a nominee in the category of "Movie: Action Adventure", "Movie Actor: Action Adventure" and "Movie Actress: Action Adventure". Directed by Seitarô Hara. The All-Time Biggest Box Office Duds; 10) Stealth; 9) Heaven’s Gate; 8) Speed Racer; 7) Town & Country; 6) The 13th Warrior; 5) Mars Needs Moms; 4) Sahara; 3) The Adventures of Pluto Nash; 2) The Alamo; 1) Cutthroat Island However, Taejo's arrangement is revealed to be a sham, as he was only interested in increasing the value of his family's company to profit from Royalton's buyout. For a candy-colored flick about cars, Speed Racer has a pretty strong (but … If movie history was written by the box office, Speed Racer would be consigned to the footnotes (if it was even that lucky.) "[73][74], Roger Allam's portrayal of Arnold Royalton was praised; Variety said he made "a delicious love-to-hate-him villain". The AHA placed Speed Racer on their "Unacceptable" list chiefly because of this incident, with AHA noting "the aforementioned training incident tarnishes the excellent work of the rest of production" and that it "has no method of separating the actions of one individual in the employ of a production from the production as a whole. 419. Emile Hirsch Celebrity Profile - Check out the latest Emile Hirsch photo gallery, biography, pics, pictures, interviews, news, forums and blogs at Rotten Tomatoes! under which this service is provided to you. Speed uses his jump jacks to expose the device to video cameras, causing Taylor to crash. 06. [8] The following August, Depp requested time off to the studio for personal business, delaying production. At the time of its release, the film received mostly negative reviews, receiving praise for its action sequences, Michael Giacchino's musical score, cinematography, and the cast, but criticized its screenplay and runtime. Speed Racer (2008) Directed by Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski - starring Emile Hirsch, Nicholas Elia et al, presnted by Box Office Films - film and movie box office details with weekly chart and lifetime grosses. Producer Joel Silver, who had collaborated with the Wachowskis for V for Vendetta and The Matrix Trilogy, explained that they were hoping to reach a broader audience with a film that would not be rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America. [53] In its second weekend it grossed $8,117,459 and ranked fourth at the box office. Speed Racer At 10: How a Box Office Bomb Turned Cult Classic At the time of release, the naysaying critics lambasted the infantile nature of the story and questioned whether kids had the necessary attention span for a movie pushing a three-hour runtime. Prescient political ideas. When meddling crooks keep him from the finish line, he finds a way to make it through. His parents Pops and Mom run the independent Racer Motors, in which his brother Spritle and his pet chimp Chim Chim, his mechanic Sparky and his girlfriend Trixie are also involved. Scott. All Time | Paperback $31.23 $ 31. I love it. Kenny praised the film's look, saying the "cheez-whizziness" that others had criticised was "precisely the point". [60] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A−" on an A+ to F scale. Funkeys. … In the years since its release, Speed Racer has garnered a cult following with some commentators calling it an "underrated" film. "[79] Nick Hyman, writing for Metacritic, included the film on its list of "movies that critics got wrong" calling it "a cult classic in the making". 9 Battlefield Earth [41] As part of the General Mills promotional tie-in, during the 2008 Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400, part of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, the famous #43 Dodge Charger of Petty Enterprises was transformed into a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series version of the Mach 5, driven by Bobby Labonte. The cast is praised as being "earnest" and "gently playful". In September 1992, Joe Pytka announced that Warner Bros. held the option to create a live-action film adaptation of the 1960s Japanese anime and manga series Speed Racer, in development at Silver Pictures. [24] In the following March, Warner Bros. moved the release date two weeks earlier to May 9, 2008. Palmer lauded it because he does not think films must imitate reality, and ultimately said it is "an extreme reminder of what films, and especially fantasy and science fiction films, can place on screen" and that it is "a refreshing change of pace" in film industry. Entirety of speed racer in 2 hardcover omnibus mangas with box. [3] Based on its total gross, it was considered a box office bomb. [94] In 2018, Emile Hirsch stated in a tweet that the sequel for Speed Racer has a script that's been written. [83] Tor.com's Dexter Palmer considered the possibility that the film is a "misunderstood art film", highlighting its color scheme that is a "pleasure" and the fact it does not try to seem real. A young driver, Speed Racer, aspires to be champion of the racing world with the help of his family and his high-tech Mach 5 automobile. Speed Racer, it turns out, grossed even less than the early estimates indicated. [71] Although it was said to be among the worst films of the year by Rebecca Murray of About.com, she included Speed Racer on her list of "Top 10 Action Movies of 2008", stating "the action sequences are definitely eye-catching. [54][55][56] The results were well below studio expectations,[57] given that the production costs of Speed Racer were estimated to be over $120 million. [14] Eventually, without production getting under way, the director and the writers left the project. Archived. The film had been in development hell since 1992, having changed actors and filmmakers until in 2006 when producer Joel Silver and the Wachowskis collaborated to begin production on Speed Racer as a family film. [92] Christina Ricci also considered it a possibility; she stated "When we [the cast] were all leaving, we were like 'write the sequel!' In June 2004, Vince Vaughn spearheaded a revival of the project by presenting a take for the film that would develop the characters more strongly. Speed Racer is a 2008 sports action comedy film written, co-produced and directed by the Wachowskis[a] and based on the 1960s anime and manga series of the same name. [18] In November 2006, the release date for it was set for May 23, 2008. [84] Collider's Kayti Burt ranked it at #30 of Best Hollywood Blockbusters of the 21st Century stating, "While other blockbusters of the year (and the decade) worked to ground their fantastical premises in a gritty, realistic setting, Speed Racer leaned hard in the other direction. I think I set myself up with the right expectations when going into it, though. The AHA Film Unit referred to this abuse as "completely inexcusable and unacceptable behavior in the use of any animal." The partners include General Mills, McDonald's, Target, Topps, Esurance, Mattel, Lego and Petrobras. Though tempted, Speed declines due to his father's distrust of power-hungry corporations. Close. International | It was released in regular theaters on May 9, 2008, grossing $18,561,337 in its opening weekend from around 6,700 screens at 3,606 theaters in the United States and Canada, ranking third at the box office behind Iron Man and What Happens in Vegas. Michael Giacchino composed the film's score. Speed Racer premiered on April 26, 2008 at the Nokia Theater, followed by its general theatrical release on May 9, 2008. [58], On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 40% approval rating based on 215 reviews, with an average rating of 5.15/10. Posted by 2 years ago. [67] Jim Emerson, editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, wrote that Speed Racer "is a manufactured widget, a packaged commodity that capitalizes on an anthropomorphized cartoon of Capitalist Evil in order to sell itself and its ancillary products". [63] Anime News Network's Zac Bertschy also praised the cast, while saying the story is "as anyone would expect", adding "the characters are all cardboard archetypes with Saturday Morning dialogue. Tyco produced remote-controlled Mach 5s and racing sets. News | Due to a short development schedule, the studio chose not to develop games for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Speed agrees but keeps his decision secret from his family, and Detector's team makes several defensive modifications to the Mach 5 to assist Speed in the rally. [6], In February 2007, the Wachowskis selected Babelsberg Studios in Potsdam, Germany to film. 4.7 out of 5 stars 54. With the help of his family and Trixie, Speed defeats many brutal racers, who were bribed by fixer Cruncher Block to stop him, and overcomes seemingly insurmountable obstacles to win the race, while Detector's team arrests Block. Radica Games produced video games in which players can use a car wheel, along with a cross-promotion with the video game U.B. [26] The amount was later increased to $13 million. While Racer X watches it is revealed in a flashback montage that he really is Rex, who has faked his death and undergone plastic surgery to change his appearance as part of his plan to protect Speed and the sport of racing. [30] The film has a "retro future" look, according to Silver. It said "Not every avant-garde FX masterpiece receives instant audience validation", described the film as "a rich, cartoonish dream: non-stop Op art, and a triumph of virtual virtuosity. [91], Variety discussed a possible sequel, saying it could happen if Speed Racer had a good box office performance. Fast cars and comedy stars make their way into North American multiplexes on Friday hoping to shake things up after Iron Man‘s sheer dominance of the box office over the past week. The $100 million-ish Speed Racer opened this weekend with an estimated $20.2 million, and, according to one box office … The Wachowskis’ movie brought in a paltry $18.6 mil — a particularly sour … The three-disc set features the main feature and supplemental features on the first disc, the DVD game "Speed Racer Crucible Challenge" on the second disc, and a digital copy of the film on the third disc—the last two being exclusive to the Blu-ray release. Credit: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 27. Daily | Born into a family business of race cars, Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is one of the track's hot stars. The box set comes with the 2 volumes and a mach 5 card board case for the 2 volumes, which is surprisingly durable and nice if you plan to keep it as a collectible. Vote films up or down and leave your comments. [31], In 2007, the Wachowskis purchased the rights to the sound effects and theme song of the television series for use in the film.
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