Turbo (2013)

In a world, ridden with movie sequels that have no right to be made, on daring film will defy the odds and arrive close to the top (for now). That film, is Turbo, the film about a snail wanting to race in the Indy 500!

But wait! There’s more! Turbo isn’t just about a snail that wants to race in the Indy 500. Our lead snail, Turbo (Ryan Reynolds), has always resented the life of a snail. They move too slowly. They only want to do the same things with the rest of their lives. Well, Turbo watches T.V. and garners his inspiration from Guy Gagne (Bill Hader), the French Indy 500 champion. Gange is always encouraging his fans to never give up on their dreams, because dreams got him to where he is now. With that in his mind, Turbo dreams of becoming more than a garden snail.

After a falling-out with his brother Chet (Paul Giamatti), Turbo finds himself wandering the streets, only to accidentally end up in the engine of a sports car in the middle of a race. When the driver activates the Nitrous Oxide, Turbo comes out a changed snail. He is fast and furious and ready to race! Upon returning home, Turbo and Chet find themselves collected by Tito (Michael Pena), a young entrepreneur in the taco businesses. It turns out that Tito races snails with the other owners around his business, including: Bobby (Richard Jenkins), Kim Ly (Ken Jeong), and Paz (Michelle Rodriguez).

These other snails that Turbo is up against mean business. Lead by their snail leader, Whiplash (Samuel L. Jackson), Smoove Move (Snoop Dogg), Burn (Maya Rudolph), Skidmark (Ben Schwartz), and White Shaddow (Michael Bell) all aim to beat Turbo with ease. After a display of his superior talents, Turbo not only impresses the other snails, but the store owners too! It’s then, that Turbo and Tito begin to plan a trip to the Indy 500 to enter Turbo in the race! His victory will help fulfill Turbo’s dream and will bring customers to Tito and the gangs businesses.

That’s about the gist of the story. The very odd story. However, being odd doesn’t make it any less enjoyable. The film has a lot of funny and fun moments that anyone of any age can enjoy. It gets predictable at times, but in the end, it’s a pretty good time at the movies. It’s certainly a film to take younger kids too! If you’d like to know more about this film, keep on reading for my Top Ten Thoughts on Turbo!



 In what world does this make sense? Such a weird concept…


What I Enjoyed

What I Didn’t Enjoy

As far as creativity goes, this film is pretty darn original.

This film is just weird. Snails watching and wanting to participate in the Indy 500?

The voices fit the snails perfectly. Their character type was cast well.

Other than Turbo, we don’t really get to know any of the characters that well.

As bizarre a concept as it is, the whole snail in the Indy 500 worked surprisingly well!

Some of the “jokes” in this film aren’t really funny. Not even kids laughed at them.

For kids and adults, this film encourages you to never give up on your dreams. That’s a message I’ve always loved.

This film relies heavily on its voice actors. Ken Jeong, Snoop Dogg, and Samuel L. Jackson seem to be overemphasizing their characters.

The sound mixing in this film is pretty great! The effects and noises blend very well.

Turbo becomes very formulaic towards the end. It manages to stay fresh in the beginning, but the end is something that’s mapped out for you…

While most of the jokes here appeal to kids, there is still quite a bit of adult humor to be found.

Despite being an original idea, this film is still full of cliches that both you and I would notice pretty easily.

The “real world” problems of snails are pretty funny and are humanized as well.

Who collects snails, outfits them with modified speed shells, and forces them to race against other modified snails? That’s weird, right?

The visuals are quite good! Better than most of the animated films this year.

This film often stretches reality in some of its situations (not including the fact that snails are racers).

This isn’t a sequel to an animated film that didn’t need a sequel!… Yet…

I feel like this film will have a sequel, due to its success at the box office… It really doesn’t need one.

Despite its odd story and choice of characters to exist in said odd story, Turbo is a pretty good movie that kids and adults will enjoy.

The story and dialog is fine, but ultimately, it’s nothing special. This isn’t a great animated film, but it’s not a bad one either. It’s just kind of there to enjoy.


Turbo is one of the strangest films of the year. However, its weird story proves to be pretty entertaining and  fresh in a world of unnecessary animated movie sequels. The voice acting, visuals, and sound movies all excel in this movie. Where the movie falls short is its predictability towards the end. It can’t help but fall victim to cliches and tropes that so many before it have. Regardless of that, Turbo is a family friendly movie that offers laughs for young and old. It’s not a great movie, but its certainly an enjoyable one!

Turbo Trailer

3.5 STARS!!!

3.5 / 5 stars     

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