Starring: (Voices of) Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Maya Rudolph, Snoop Lion, Michelle Rodriguez, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Pena, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Ben Schwartz
Directed by: David Soren
Run Time: 96 mins
Genre: Animation/ Family
Opens July 17th
By Lisa Minzey of The Reel Critic.com
Hey Phoenix Film Fans! Opening mid week is another contender for the family box office dollars. From Dreamworks comes the story of the dreamer snail Turbo brought to life with the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Maya Rudolph and Samuel L. Jackson.
Being a dreamer is not always a good thing, especially when you're a snail. Turbo (Ryan Reynolds- voice) is a snail with a dream to be one of the fastest snails around. Turbo loves all things fast; cars, NASCAR and racing. One of his idols he watches on the TV every night, Guy Gagne (Bill Hader - voice), who spews inspirational quotes to further fuel this small snail's dreams. In the real world, Turbo and his brother Chet (Paul Giamatti - voice) work at The Plant (a.k.a. tomato garden) processing tomatoes for eating and garbage. Chet is constantly covering for Turbo, for most people find him to be a joke.
When a conflict at work happens between the brothers, Turbo takes off not wanting to face reality. As luck would have it, Turbo is involved in a life changing accident that fuels his cells with nitrous oxide, super- charging him with rocket like speed.
At first no one can believe it. Turbo, not in full control of his super powers yet brings shame and outcast from the plant upon himself and Chet. As they venture out into the great unknown, another big dreamer (this time in human form), Tito (Michael Pena) finds the snails and keeps them as pets. Tito and his brother own a taco stand and food truck business, Dos Bros Tacos and like Turbo and Chet, Tito and his brothers have similar friction as dreamer v. realist.
Tito discovers that Turbo is one special snail and is willing to risk everything to enter Turbo as a contest in a high profile race to prove his worth and abilities. Only problem is that if Tito is wrong, it will be the end of his and fellow plaza store owners business. Can Turbo achieve his dream of being a top racer or is his dream just too big for a small shell to handle?
Compared to the other family films out in theaters now, Turbo is up against some heavy competition. For the most part, it's a cute story that has a positive message, great 3D animation and the marketing behind it. It may keep the kids interested for a while but for the adults, the story moves slowly, picking up at the end to a mediocre end. The film is entertaining but not enough to keep adults and kids attention for the long haul. You be the judge when "Turbo" opens in theaters starting Wednesday July 17, 2013.