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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Grand Turismo - Racing Against Reality

Updated: Mar 29

Rating: ★★★½ (3.5/5)

Released 08-11-2023

Watched 08-26-2023

Reviewed 08-28-2023

Viewed in Theater - Using Cinemark Movie Club

"All I’ve wanted to do since then is be a racer. I’m doing it. Whether you believe in me or not."

In a world where dreams of professional racing are often tied to a family legacy, deep pockets, or childhood-karting careers, "Grand Turismo" provides a fresh take on the genre. The film offers a captivating tale about an ordinary gamer, Jann Mardenborough (played convincingly by Archie Madekwe), who defies odds and expectations by making the leap from virtual racing to the real racetrack.

The film does a commendable job balancing the drama of an underdog story with the adrenaline of motorsport. David Harbour, Orlando Bloom, and Djimon Hounsou offer seasoned performances, each bringing depth to their respective characters. Darren Barnet and Emelia Hartford also provide commendable performances. A special shout-out to Geri Halliwell Horner, who was surprisingly delightful in her role, showing a side of her many might not expect.

Yet, even with its compelling story and notable performances, "Grand Turismo" can sometimes feel like it treads familiar ground and could have used a few more unique narrative choices or deeper character explorations.

That said, watching the movie in D-box seating was a game-changer. The immersion brought by the seats transported us straight to the heart of the racing action, turning what might've felt like simple race sequences into heart-pounding experiences. The fact that the real Jann Mardenborough participated as a stunt driver added a layer of authenticity that racing enthusiasts will surely appreciate. Add at least 1/2 a point to our rating of the movie if you are watching sitting in a D-Box seat.

"Grand Turismo" offers a heartwarming tale of perseverance, the bridging of digital and physical realities, and the reaffirmation that sometimes, passion and dedication can indeed break barriers. If you're seeking an adrenaline rush, I'd fully recommend the D-box seating for that extra half-star experience.


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