First Glance: “Gran Turismo”

Well here’s an interesting one. “Gran Turismo” takes its name from the popular racing simulation video game. But its mostly inspired by the true story of Jann Mardenborough who went from playing Gran Turismo in his bedroom to beating 90,000 other gamers for an opportunity to train as a professional driver. It’s a remarkable story that is being brought to the big screen by director Neill Blomkamp. The recently released first trailer highlights the film’s intriguing cast and some pretty intense racing sequences.

The movie sees Archie Madekwe playing a teenage Jann Mardenborough. He dreams of racing cars despite the lack of support from his skeptical father (Djimon Hounsou). Unexpectedly, his love for the video game Gran Turismo gives him his shot. Soon he’s courted by motorsport marketing executive Danny Moore (Orlando Bloom) who connects Jann with trainer Jack Salter (David Harbour). Like many, Jack doesn’t believe a video game player can actually become a race car driver. But wouldn’t ya know it Jann just might prove him wrong. I’m curious to see how this turns out.

“Gran Turismo” speeds into theaters on August 11th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

7 thoughts on “First Glance: “Gran Turismo”

  1. This actually sounds interesting, it at least has more of an inspired angle than the “adaptation” of Need for Speed. Remember how no one remembers Aaron Paul did that one? Insanely generic race movie. Gran Turismo could be different

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