There’s been racing cars and planes but never a snail, because what snail could be fast enough to race? This DreamWorks Animation is a tale about a snail who can, in fact, race. Theo (Ryan Reynolds) is just your average brown and orange garden snail. He spends his day working in the garden at the tomato patch, but dreaming of becoming a racer. However these ambitious dreams aren’t quite realistic as Theo isn’t nearly fast enough. When a freak accident gives him the power of extraordinary speed, Theo (now re-named Turbo) sets out to escape the slow-paced life he’s living by making his impossible dream come true.
Turbo is a movie that asks us to accept a snail that will race in the Indy 500 – ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’ Well if we’re accepting a snail that can also talk, survive ingesting nitrous oxide, pick up radio waves through his eye balls and travel at 200 mph then racing in the Indy 500 doesn’t sound that ridiculous.
The laughs come not only from the silly voices but also snappy editing and clever character personalities. Given the snail’s speed challenges, there are fun close-ups to wide shots revealing just how little they have actually moved sending laughs right through the cinema. Snails aren’t the most appealing creatures, but the DreamWorks artists have achieved in making them cute. With ping-pong ball like eyes (which are also used as hands), bright colours and different sizes, it really creates a personality for each snail.
The film truly surpasses itself in the group of racing snails that befriend him. Finding himself in a league with colourful characters, Whiplash (Samuel L. Jackson), the fast-talking leader of the group and rest of the gang including Smoove Move (Snoop Dogg), Burn (Maya Rudolph), Skidmark (by Ben Schwartz) and White Shadow (Mike Bell) all have consistent one-liners providing an excellent comedy backbone to the film.
Turbo proves that, “No dream is too big, and no dreamer is too small.”
Turbo is out in cinemas from the 18th October