Speed Racer: The IMAX Experience
Hurtling down the track, careening around, over and through the competition, Speed Racer is a natural behind the wheel. Born to race cars, Speed 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, 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 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, Speed teams with his one-time rival-the mysterious Racer X -- to win the race that had taken his brother's life: the death-defying, cross-country rally known as The Crucible.
The film will be digitally re-mastered into The IMAX Experience® with IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology, and has a simultaneous release to conventional and IMAX theaters on May 9, 2008.
A Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, of a Silver Pictures Production. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Written and Directed by The Wachowski Brothers. Producer: Joel Silver, The Wachowski Brothers, Grant Hill. Co-producers: Roberto Malerba, Henning Molfenter, Charlie Woebcken. Based on the anime series created by Tatsuo Yoshida. Original Music: Michael Giacchino. Director of Photography: David Tattersall. Editors: Roger Barton, Zach Staenberg. Starring: Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Fox, Hiroyuki Sanada, Richard Roundtree, Ji Hoon Jung, Benno Furmann, Kick Gurry, Paulie Litt, Roger Allam.
"Flashy "Speed Racer" stalls at the finish line" By Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times
"Through a plot matrix, brightly Wachowskis are back, bearing a childhood memory" By Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Speed Racer" By Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Review: Speed Racer (IMAX)" By Vic Holtreman, Screen Rant
"Speed Racer on a Fast Track to Nowhere" By J. Hoberman, Village Voice
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