Speed Racer

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Part of Loft Staff Selects, a monthly series showcasing film favorites chosen by our amazing Loft Cinema staff! This month’s film was chosen by AMERICA VALENCIA, Floor Staff!

“Spectacular fun … creates a timeless, visually seductive world suspended somewhere between the pop ’60s and the sci-fi future.” – David Ansen, Newsweek

Based on the classic 1960s anime, Speed Racer is a hyperkinetic, ultra-stylized live-action cartoon come to rip-roaring life, courtesy of The Wachowskis, creators of The Matrix! Fearlessly hurtling down the track, careening around, over and through the competition in his thundering Mach 5, Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) was born to race cars. But when Speed turns down a lucrative offer from Royalton Industries, he not only infuriates the company’s maniacal owner but uncovers a terrible secret–some of the biggest races are being fixed by a handful of ruthless moguls! The only way for Speed to save his family’s business and the sport he loves is to beat the evil E.P. Arnold Royalton (Roger Allam) at his own game. With the support of his family, including Pops and Mom Racer (John Goodman and Susan Sarandon), and his loyal girlfriend, Trixie (Christina Ricci), Speed teams up with his one-time rival, the mysterious Racer X (Matthew Fox), to win the race that took his brother, Rex Racer’s, life: the death-defying, cross-country rally known as The Crucible! Featuring stunning SFX, a neon candy-colored aesthetic and relentlessly thrilling racing action, Speed Racer is a spot-on homage to the beloved ‘60s TV series that will take your breath away! (Dir. by Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 2008, 135 mins., Rated PG)