What is the most tempting kind of superpowers that a snail can possibly dream of? Extra strong shell, the ability to jump high, or lightning speed?
Set to be released on July 19, 2013, Turbo is the latest title of DreamWorks Studios starring the likes of Ryan Reynolds as Turbo himself, Paul Giamatti, Michelle Rodriguez, Snoop Dogg, and Samuel L. Jackson. It tells the story of a simple garden snail who has a big dream: he wants to be able to compete with the fastest cars out there. However, nothing comes easy in life and Turbo‘s desire certainly is hampered by the very nature of his existence, as his ever-doubting brother Chet (P. Giamatti) never fails to point out.
Everything is slow and relatively ordinary in Turbo‘s life until the day he is involved in an accident with racing cars which changes his life for good. His dream suddenly does not seem an absolutely impossible feat, but the road to success is long and bumpy.
Recent test screenings left the audience quite satisfied with the excellent mix of humor, high speeds, and the outstanding animation of DreamWorks. As director David Soren put it, the movie combines elements from the superhero and racing genres, but in essence it is the story of an underdog fighting against all odds and surpassing his limitations. He drew a parallel with Rocky and Breaking Away, underlining the struggles of the snail to emulate his hero, the 5-time Indy 500 winner, Guy Gagne.
Turbo might not be the most revolutionary animation you’ve ever seen, but everything indicates that it would be fun, charming, exciting, and touching. What more can one want from a summer movie?