Turbo (2013)


Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Better than imagined.

I’m always a little guarded when a movie comes out that, well…doesn’t look that great. Just because it’s CGI and has a pretty good cast doesn’t mean it’s actually any good. Heck, nowadays it’s hard not to find a well-casted CGI flick. I guess what it all comes down to is the premise, and some kind of racing snail isn’t on the top of my to-see list. The trailers didn’t really help much, and in fact just resulted in my laughter as I proceeded to make fun of the film. Surprisingly enough, Turbo wasn’t as bad as a movie as I initially thought, and I think I figured out as to why.

In a world not unlike our own, a young enthusiastic snail by the name of Theo dreams of one day being a race car driver, however unlikely that seems. Everything and everyone was against him and his dream; but still…he persevered. On one fateful night when all hope was down, Turbo accidentally got himself stuck right in the middle of an illegal drag racing contest, and as the drivers used their power boosters, Theo drowned in the liquid and became Turbo…a snail that’s pretty much a car. The trailers would have you believe this snail only has the ability to go super-sonic, but that’s not it, he also has headlights for eyes and radio coming out his mouth. It is with this new-found ability that he is able to prove himself by entering into the Indianapolis 500 race.

I was so sure that most of this film would take place in the Indy 500 that all I saw in the trailers was something I couldn’t explain past “stupid”. I, however, was misguided, and just in case you were too, I’m here to tell you the truth. Just like any good heroic story, there is a lot of character development, and just like a lot of the film, it surprised me. The character development was great. I didn’t have a beef with any of the characters, I cared for all of them, and they worked so well together. Ryan Reynolds was a great pick, as he has that crisp voice that we have an easy time connecting with. Paul Giomatti was also great as the sarcastic brother. His lines were family friendly, but not so much to the point where only kids could enjoy it. It is geared for the whole family, and it succeeds in what it’s going for. The rest of the cast including Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Peña, Snoop Dog, and Bill Hader completed the cast and all helped the film out tremendously.

You truly forget that this film is about a snail, because in all honesty, it’s about achieving your dreams. Turbo is the underdog; the unlikely hero. Everyone is against him, and the most important message this film tells starts from the very beginning – self-love, self-actualization, and not caring what others think of you. It thwarts away such negative topics such as discrimination and stereotypes, which is an admiral trait. The biggest and loudest message this film has overall is “No dream is too big, no dreamer too small.”

Amazingly, the build up to the story allowed me to actually believe in it. The implausibility was outstandingly apparent, but since you like the characters, you’re willing to let that slide while watching. However, the fact of the nature is that nothing really surprises you. If you sat there and decided to predict how the film would go…you’d probably figure it out long before it ends. Take that as you will.

Overall, Turbo is a fun ride filled with great characters, but as predictable as tomorrow’s sunrise.

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