Thursday, July 18, 2013

Review: Turbo

I was glad to be able to catch the special screening of Turbo courtesy of Nuffnang Malaysia at TGV Cinemas in 1 Utama. This marked my first special screening since Wall-E (by Advertlets) a few years ago.

Synopsis: From the makers of Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda, Turbo is a high-velocity 3D comedy about an underdog snail who kicks into overdrive when he miraculously attains the power of super-speed. But after making fast friends with a crew of streetwise, tricked-out es-car-goes, Turbo learns that no one succeeds on their own. So he puts his heart and shell on the line to help his pals achieve their dreams, before Turbo-charging his own impossible dream: winning the Indy 500.

Being a movie meant for kids, it is understandable that the director made extensive use of personification in the movie, to the point of breaking some rules of nature. The director suggested that snails have a closed circulatory system complete with a heart with red blood cells in the blood vessels, which are in fact not true for real snails. Turbo's shell broke but that didn't kill him.

The whole movie has been themed on chasing impossible dreams against all human logic, in which I'd recommend parental guidance for children. Otherwise, the movie stands out at telling this message: knowing who you are and capitalizing the advantage you have over others.

Of course I don't encourage finding loopholes in rules to take part in a race. But that was in the movie for entertainment.

I like how Guy Gagne was used to portray the difference between a person's public life and private life. He may be a nice and inspiring figure in the media but that's not what he actually is.

Trailer 1

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Trailer 3

The movie wins for usage of literary devices but loses out in terms of plot. There is nothing to shout about for visual effects.


  1. It's really a cool movie!!! We love it so much! + nice to meet you!

  2. My son loves this movie a lot!