Emile Hirsch is Speed Racer, a racecar driver that won't let anyone get in the way of making his dreams come true.

By People Staff
May 09, 2008 04:40 PM
Warner Bros. Pictures

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Cast: Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon and Matthew Fox,

Directed by: Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski

Script by: Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski

Rated: PG for intense action, violence and offensive language.

Movie Rating: B+

Unlike other action and adventure movies out this summer, Speed Racer has a positive message for kids. Although the film – directed by Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski– is packed with action and special effects, the moral of the story is that the family is what’s most important and you must fight for the things you believe in.

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It’s no secret that the Wachowski brothers are devout fans of comic books and Japanese anime. Therefore making a movie adaptation of the Japanese animated series Speed Racer seemed like a logical choice. The movie’s colorful and interesting production design really makes the characters seem like they’ve come out of a cartoon.

The plot centers around Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch), a boy who wants to be the best racecar driver in the world and won’t jeopardize his integrity for money. His priority is to honor his family and the memory of his brother, who was also a great racecar driver.

Children and adults will both enjoy the movie thanks to its impressive action sequences and some comical touches. However, the best thing about the film remains its positive message for kids, which is so hard to find nowadays in Hollywood films.