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Excellent Pod-racing Eye-Candy
on August 24, 2014
If your favorite scene of "The Phantom Menace" is the pod-racing sequence, and if you've thought to yourself "That's awesome! They should make an entire movie just about pod-racing!" then this is the movie for you. As for me, after the 3rd time watching "Menace", I just fast-forward through that bit.
In the future, ground cars have become obsolete as a mode of travel, but they are still raced for entertainment. JP is a racer who gets paid by organized crime to put on a good show, but deliberately lose races. He has just thrown the Yellowline race, which is the qualifying event for the Redline race. The native cyborgs object to the Redline being held on their planet, and have stated they will kill the racers, during the race. Several of the competitors choose to drop out, bumping JP back up into the competition. Will he survive, win, or just throw this one, too?
Visually, the animation is top-notch. I've rarely seen better, and for those of you who hate CGI, it doesn't have any. It's fun, thrilling, exciting yadda yadda yadda. The English voice acting is decent. Where the movie fails for me is lack of an interesting plot, clever dialogue, or characters you care about. But hey, if brainless fun floats your boat, have at it. The 3 stars are strictly for the eye-candy alone.
Technical difficulties: I had problems with the menu on my blu-ray player. Perhaps I need a software update.
Parental guidance: the movie has lots of swearing, some brief gratuitous nudity, and violence, so I'd rate it about an R.
Blu-ray disc features (after pounding on the menu to get it to work):
-Perfect guide to Redline (65 minutes) Japanese with English subtitles
-Quick Guide to Redline (22 minutes) Japanese with English subtitles