If one had to describe this film in one sentence they'd probably say something to the effect of "It was very colorful," and indeed, it was very colorful. From a visual standpoint of course, plot wise, it's a bit bland and dull.
Speed is this guy who for all intents and purposes is an idiot with a huge brother-complex. You see, his brother Rex, is a badass racer, or was until he met his seemingly tragic demise. But what Speed lacks in everything, he makes up for in racing skillz. And he's quite the talented racer. And it helps to have souped up cars.
Speed believes in racing and that it comes for the heart, which leads him to refuse a ludicrous corporate sponsorship offer from Royalton. Accourding to this Royalton fella racing is about who has the biggest sponsor and actual racing ability plays an insignificant role to as who wins the race. Naturally our protagonist is totally against this and seeks to disprove him.
Joining him in this perilous endeavor is Speed's family and long time girlfriend since childhood, Trixie. One thing I liked in this film was that the love story was not an important part in the character development. They showed a small flashback from their childhood and bam they were an inseparable couple and we don't have to worry about that anymore and Speed seems to single-minded to notice any other girl anyway. Oh and there's a chimpanzee, I'm not quite sure why but there is. There's also Racer X, who is TOTALLY NOT REX, and his agenda is to expose the evil corporate conspiracies surrounding the races. Somehow second rate ninjas are involved and just about everyone knows some martial arts or something, except the mechanic with the funny accent.
And somehow there's this Japanese pop star, err, racer who's motivated because of his father's company or something. He's not really a pop star but I half expected him to jump into a song since he kinda looks like the type. But my observations were not that far off seeing as the actor himself is a Korean pop star of sorts. Anyway, I think he played an important part in the film because he kept popping up alot, but I couldn't really tell whether or not he had an important role. I'm still trying to figure out the whole chimp thing.
RACER X IS TOTALLY NOT REX.
The film had this strange way of transitioning scenes and stuff where they'd show someone's head and they'd move around the head and the background would change. It was pretty neat the first few times but then it just got old and annoying. And there was alot of talking that may or may not have been advancing the plot but I felt it could have been cut out in lieu of more action scenes.
Thankfully the action scenes were pretty neat and cool to look at, even if I couldn't tell what was happening half the time. The plot just seemed like a big excuse to have cool looking action scenes and the action scenes themselves were too trippy looking to actually figure out what is going on. But if one is intoxicated perhaps it'd make more sense.
The music was fairly enjoyable. Every now and then the original theme from the cartoon would surface and it was all fairly catchy. Perhaps it needed a bit more eurobeat or something.
It wasn't trying too hard to remain faithful to the original anime (actually I have no idea since I haven't watched it) but it wasn't trying to get rid of the corniness. Alot of anime of this period was indeed marketed at an younger audience and they had an obligatory annoying kid character, supposedly it was so the younger audience can connect better to the show. While I may not have watched the original anime I'm guessing this aspect carried on to the film and the childish antics really didn't appeal for me but maybe a younger audience might dig it if they aren't bored because of its length (I sure wasn't but I may be the most immature of them all).
It's not trying to be an amazing film but with the lame plot, funky colors, and cool confusing action scenes, hey, it's slightly worth it for the cheesiness of it all. I was expecting a little more but I figure it could have been worse. At least it was pretty looking and its kinda funny seeing snakes in a car and the defiance of the rules of gravity.
And yeah, Racer X is totally not Rex his older brother.