2 hours 15 minutes
Action, Adventure, Drama
Technicality - 7/10
Story - 7/10
Characters - 8/10
Description: Ever since the day he unboxed his first Gran Turismo game, Janno (actor Archie Madekwe)'s dream has been to become a real racer. In 2011, at the age of nineteen, Jann took part in the GT Academy competition, organized by Nissan and Play Station, aimed specifically at Gran Turismo enthusiasts. After defeating 90,000 competitors, Jann won a special prize: the opportunity to participate in the Dubai 24-hour race.
First, the movie is neither just about the game nor just about the real story. It's kind of a mix between the two. Of course, some will want more about the development of the game itself, the cars, or the race itself in general, but everything is "enough". This is definitely not just a dumb Vruum Vruum movie, and that is already proven by the solid cast and their acting alone. Also, if you are not a big fan of motor sports, you will be able to find out quite interesting facts both about specific races and about this sport in general. Gran Turismo had quite a few ideas on how to present the race from various angles, which prevented everything from getting boring. The film is colorful and fast, and the music, which is not bad and sometimes strangely chosen, only deepens the feeling of this racing fever.
The big plus of this movie is, not surprisingly, emotions. They may not be fully developed here, but the story itself and the characters are very optimistic and one place or another can tickle your heart. Even the bits where a parent says "I don't understand, games aren't work" feel less malicious or mocking than some similar stories. And it is very important that many of these emotions are viewed maturely. The mentioned father does not scream or psychotic why the hero plays games, he simply does not understand and is worried about his son's future. Also the coach, he's not angry or strict because he just likes it, but because this sport is, well… very… very dangerous…
Well… firstly, this was a very bad choice of format, this should have been a series! Because now it feels like four different stories rolled into one. You can even see where the perfect ending or beginning of an episode would be. Just because the film wants to show so much, no place or character has time to fully develop. And somewhere in the middle of the film, you feel as if you are watching everything, as they say, "in passing". – A little bit of this, a little bit of that, but everything is fast because we can hardly fit in anyway! - I'll be honest, when one mechanic talked to the main character at the end about how cool he is now, I had to remember vaguely who the character was and why he didn't like our hero. And you know what, this mechanic appears twice in the movie and says 2 sentences... I don't even know if it was necessary. Like all saliva of love. So this is based on a true story, but when you go to Gran Turismo, do you want to see as much as possible about the cars and the game itself, or to watch the love relationship of two random people?Overall - 7/10