“Speed Racer” trailer: CGI in high gear


When a group of guys is huddled

around a computer oohing and ahhing, it can mean only one thing: cars.

You thought I was going to say porn, didn’t you? Well, that’s what I

expected when I sneaked up behind them, hoping for a peek of something

naughty. Instead, I saw this.

It’s the car Speed’s rival,

Racer X, will be driving in the movie Speed Racer. In case you

care, the car is modeled after ARTA‘s Super GT 300 car. That means absolutely

nothing to me, but now you know. And just so your day will be complete, here’s what Speed will be driving.

Since my main requirement for

a car is leather seats, I’m much more interested in the movie itself, which stars, among other people,

Christina Ricci
, Susan Sarandon and John Goodman.


Oh, it also stars a monkey,

er, chimpanzee. I understand chimps get testy if you call them monkeys. You know

it’s hard out here for a chimp.

Speed Racer is written

and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski, to whom I will forever be grateful. Since the brothers were also responsible

for a little movie called The Matrix, Speed Racer has been

generating a lot of hype, especially about the 2000+ special effects — nearly three times the amount in

most CGI-enhanced movies. Take a look at the trailer and see what you




Speed Racer is due in

theaters in May. Let’s hope the actors are a little livelier in the

film than they were in this press conference. Otherwise, I may have to just watch


How about you? Are you looking

forward to Speed Racer? Do the cars make you all tingly? Wait,

never mind that last question. I really don’t want to know.

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