Saturday 30 September 2023

REVIEW: Gran Turismo (2023) - Starring Archie Madekwe

Review by Jon Donnis
"Gran Turismo" takes a thrilling spin through the world of motorsport, chronicling the journey of Jann Mardenborough from a Gran Turismo gamer to a professional race car driver. Neill Blomkamp's directorial prowess shines through in this biographical sports drama.

Bringing to life the remarkable true tale of an unconventional trio of underdogs: a determined gamer from a working-class background (portrayed by Archie Madekwe), a past-his-prime race car driver (played by David Harbour), and an optimistic motorsport executive (played by Orlando Bloom). Their collective journey is an audacious gamble, pitting them against the pinnacle of the sports world.

The film impresses with speedy action and a feel-good underdog narrative, capturing the essence of a solid racing movie. The racing sequences are expertly crafted, providing an adrenaline-pumping experience, especially during the climactic 24-hour race in France. Blomkamp's direction adds a layer of authenticity to the storytelling, creating a surprisingly genuine and satisfying climax.

However, the film somewhat falters after the initial setup, swiftly transitioning into a more conventional racing movie. It could have delved deeper into the transformative power of video games, exploring how they can change people's lives for the better, and open up opportunities in the real world. Despite this missed opportunity for a more profound exploration, "Gran Turismo" still stands as a commendable representation of the racing genre.

In summary, "Gran Turismo" delivers a solid racing movie experience with remarkable action sequences and a captivating underdog story. While it could have delved further into its gaming roots, the film successfully captures the thrill and drama of the racing world, earning a well-deserved 7 out of 10.

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