Tuesday, August 8, 2023


gran turismo movie

Sony Pictures invited me to attend a free screening of their upcoming GRAN TURISMO movie which officially which begins its theatrical run on August 25, 2023. The film is inspired by the true story of a Nissan-sponsored Gran Turismo video game competition that gives its winner the chance to become a real-life professional race car driver. Gran Turismo is a highly detailed auto racing simulator video game for Sony PlayStation consoles that allows players to compete online against one another utilizing accurate recreations of actual cars and tracks. This movie isn't a "video game" movie though it is a bio pic about Jann Mardenborough, who has been involved in both triumphs and tragedies driving cars on race tracks.

The Gran Turismo movie is a nice underdog story that will rev up your spirits. Rudy with race cars! It earned a Geek Daddy nod of approval because you don't need to be a gamer or gearhead to enjoy cheering on the movie's hero to the film's finish line. Taking in Grand Turismo's high octane race scenes are an exciting way to enjoy the last stretch of the summer season. 

Veteran actors David Harbour (Stranger Things) and Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean) compliment the performance of the movie's youthful central figure Jann Mardenborough played by Archie Madekwe (Midsommar). Harbour and Bloom do an excellent job of creating for audiences a sense of drama that creates an element of intensity for the challenges that Madekwe's character must overcome. I realized as the end credits began rolling that I had become so immersed in the action of the show that I'd bought into feeling as if these actors were actually the people they were portraying and their scenes were real events rather than Hollywood reenactments. I became invested in wanting to see Madekwe's character succeed with the film having the air of a reality show documenting his career progression rather than actors going through the lines of a script. 

I also learned in the end credits that Jann Mardenborough served as a stunt driver for Grand Turismo. The credits include pictures of him with various cast members. That really reinforced the true story aspect of this film in a nice way.

gran turismo

This film is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association for the following reasons: intense action and some strong language. Gran Turismo has a runtime of 2 hours and fifteen minutes. For more information about this motion picture visit www.granturismo.movie

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