Unlike it's main protagonist, "Turbo" plays it safe. The film will appeal to younger audiences for sure and why not, the formula it uses worked before and still works until now. But for older audiences, the film fails to make a compelling move to make its mark on a genre that is extremely overcrowded. What "Turbo" ends up into is a charming, funny and wholesome film but it is also one heck of a predictable one; one that does not even deviate one bit from the usual narrative about an underdog going against the world.
Theo (Ryan Reynolds) is a snail who feeds his need for speed by sneaking into a garage to watch racing on an old dusty television set and emulates his hero, French Canadian Indy 500 champ Guy Gagne (Bill Hader). Theo desperately wishes he could escape the slow-paced life he's living and race like his hero. This makes him an oddity in the slow moving snail community he finds himself and his brother, Chet (Paul Giamatti) in. As fate would have him have it, he gets that chance one day after a freak accident and he suddenly finds himself vested with the power of incredible speed. Soon, Theo or now known as Turbo finds himself on the brink of achieving his dream of racing not only in the Indy 500 but to race against his idol, Guy Gagne.
"Turbo" is easy to love as it is easy to hate. We love how it is clean, simple fun especially for the kids. In fact, not too much dialogue happens, the problems the characters faces are easy to understand and the film compresses everything into one quick package. There's no time even for a love story to bloom for our main character Turbo. And when there was dialogue to contend with, it was mostly funny. One recurring joke concerning the character White Shadow completely blew us away time after time. Unfortunately, this also means that the film turns our shallow in most areas. Most characters (especially the other snails) were forgettable or perhaps, they were not given enough time to develop. The story was worse. It was extremely predictable from start to finish and don't get us started on the antagonistic twist and climactic end that we saw happening from a mile away. In the end, "Turbo" will sell well with its target audience but mom and dad and the older siblings might find it a tad too much on the average side.
Rating: 2 and a half reels
Why you should watch it:
- the film is funny especially by the recurring jokes of the character White Shadow.
- wholesome and simple film that the younger audience will definitely love
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- simply predictable story
- the story and characters are mostly forgettable
Category: 3D, animated, Bill Hader, Dreamworks, Ken Jeong, Luis Guzman, Maya Rudolph, Michael Peña, Michelle Rodriguez, movie review, Paul Giamatti, Richard Jenkins, Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Turbo