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Speed Racer

(Lana and Lily Wachowski, 2008)

A white racecar speeds on a race track in a blur of color and light

Dismissed by most critics and audiences as a big-budget, candy-colored bomb on its initial release, Speed Racer has risen to cult status just 13 years later for the many who appreciate its groundbreaking digital environments and thrilling in-frame editing techniques.

Based on the late-1960s, Japanese-animated series of the same name, Speed Racer stars Emile Hirsch as a racing phenom who hopes to win the legendary race, The Crucible, toppling an evil corporation and saving his family’s business at the same time. Instead of delivering a conventional summer blockbuster, the Wachowskis managed to create one of the most expensive avant-garde films in history. With Susan Sarandon, John Goodman, and Christine Ricci. (135 mins., 35mm)

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A white racecar speeds on a race track in a blur of color and light

Speed Racer | Image courtesy of Warner Bros.

Four people in blue work clothes stand by a car.

Speed Racer | Image courtesy of Warner Bros.

A racecar driver in a white outfit and white helmet steps out of his car. In the background are brightly colored fireworks and a full speedway stadium

Speed Racer | Image courtesy of Warner Bros.

A close-up of Speed Racer's face, looking determined. He wears a white helmet with the letter "M" on it. Behind him two other race cars follow

Speed Racer | Image courtesy of Warner Bros.

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