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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE NARRATIVE

SPEED RACER

TFF 2008
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE SPEED RACER [TFF 2008]

Action. Born to race cars, Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is aggressive, instinctive and, most of all, fearless. His only real competition is the memory of the brother he idolized-the legendary Rex Racer, whose death in a race has left behind a legacy that Speed is driven to fulfill. Speed is loyal to the family racing business, led by his father, Pops Racer (John Goodman), the designer of Speed's thundering Mach 5. When Speed turns down a lucrative and tempting offer from Royalton Industries, he not only infuriates the company's maniacal owner (Roger Allam) but uncovers a terrible secret-some of the biggest races are being fixed by a handful of ruthless moguls who manipulate the top drivers to boost profits. If Speed won't drive for Royalton, Royalton will see to it that the Mach 5 never crosses another finish line. The only way for Speed to save his family's business and the sport he loves is to beat Royalton at his own game. With the support of his family and his loyal girlfriend, Trixie (Christina Ricci), Speed teams with his one-time rival-the mysterious Racer X (Matthew Fox)-to win the race that had taken his brother's life: the death-defying, cross-country rally known as The Crucible.

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Action. Born to race cars, Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is aggressive, instinctive and, most of all, fearless. His only real competition is the memory of the brother he idolized-the legendary Rex Racer, whose death in a race has left behind a legacy that Speed is driven to fulfill. Speed is loyal to the family racing business, led by his father, Pops Racer (John Goodman), the designer of Speed's thundering Mach 5. When Speed turns down a lucrative and tempting offer from Royalton Industries, he not only infuriates the company's maniacal owner (Roger Allam) but uncovers a terrible secret-some of the biggest races are being fixed by a handful of ruthless moguls who manipulate the top drivers to boost profits. If Speed won't drive for Royalton, Royalton will see to it that the Mach 5 never crosses another finish line. The only way for Speed to save his family's business and the sport he loves is to beat Royalton at his own game. With the support of his family and his loyal girlfriend, Trixie (Christina Ricci), Speed teams with his one-time rival-the mysterious Racer X (Matthew Fox)-to win the race that had taken his brother's life: the death-defying, cross-country rally known as The Crucible.

Film Information
Year: 2008
Length: 120 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Principal Cast: Christina Ricci, Matthew Fox, Emile Hirsch, Susan Sarandon, John Goodman
Screenwriters: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
About the Director(s)

The Wachowski Brothers(Writers/Directors/Producers) were born and raised in Chicago and have been working together for more than 30 years. Prior to directing, writing, and producing Speed Racer, they wrote and produced V for Vendetta and wrote, directed, and executive produced the Matrix trilogy. In 1996, they wrote and directed their first feature film, Bound, a thriller starring Gina Gershon, Jennifer Tilly, and Joe Pantoliano.

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