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Gran Turismo: A commercially fun movie that knows how to give you a good time

Based on the real-life story of racer Jann Mardenborough and the popular video game series, the newest film from director Neill Blomkamp is a fun racing movie despite having so much product placement and plot elements that are similar to the Oscar-winning film "Ford v Ferrari." The word I would use to describe this film is commercial fun because the fun has a ton of action and excitement. Still, the film spends a lot of time advertising Nissan cars and PlayStation, and the irony is that "Gran Turismo" was a series of games from the PlayStation. The film also features the world-famous Le Mans race. While it's intense, the editing feature for the race feels similar to "Ford v Ferrari," a film that depicted the race better through its stylish editing and went on to win the Oscar for Best Film Editing. Archie Madekwe gives a fantastic performance as lead protagonist Jann Mardenborough. The supporting cast of David Harbour, Orlando Bloom, Darren Barnet, Geri Halliwell Horner, and Djimon Hounsou all give great performances in the movie. "Gran Turismo" may go overboard with its product placements and familiarity with other superior racing movies, but thanks to Neill Blomkamp's direction and great performances by the ensemble cast, "Gran Turismo" knows that it's not going for any awards and instead is more focused on giving you a good time at the movies.


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