Gran Turismo Brings an Exhilarating True Story to the Big Screen

Based on the unbelievable, inspiring true story of a team of underdogs – a struggling, working-class gamer, a failed former race car driver, and an idealistic motorsport exec. Directed by Neill Blomkamp, Gran Turismo takes the audience along for the ride as it manoeuvres through incredible vehicles, the spectator stands, and a bird’s-eye view that gives a stunning view of the track. Boasting spectacular visuals as well as a deeply inspirational story, the second PlayStation Productions film succeeds in translating the iconic franchise into an exhilarating combination of epic sport biopic and video game adaptation. 

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On top of its dazzling racing sequences, Gran Turismo delivers a suprisingly moving story between Jann Mardenborough and his team manager. The film’s commitment to fleshing out the dynamic between the characters provides a human touch even as the film accelerates into balls to the wall territory. Bolstered by a spectacular performance from David Harbour as Jack Salter, Gran Turismo offers a fascinating study on dreams, desires, as well as the determination against all odds.

While Gran Turismo never lost focus on the story of Jann Mardenborough and his driving aspirations, the filmmakers manage to pay considerable tribute to the video game series it’s based on. Interestingly, the film utilises several narrative devices to the benefit of its screenplay. Elements such as video game overlays, visualisation, and actual gameplay footage are implemented to help the audience get a better understanding on how the racing simulation video game series is able to pave the way for the true story it’s adapting.

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While a ravishing blend of visual excitement and stellar character dynamics, Gran Turismo struggles with inconsistent pacing throughout the first act. Until the first race, the film is bogged down by excessive exposition, questionable editing, and an awkward romantic subplot. Despite these shortcomings, the film has enough in its tank to deliver an adrenaline-fuelled racing movie with enough quality substance to drive over the finish line.