In 2008, The Wachowskis brought the classic anime TV series to the big screen with their highly stylized and spirited take on of SPEED RACER, which is making a pit stop in our Friday Late Night Movie series on March 31.
Fearlessly hurtling down the track, careening around, over and through the competition in his thundering Mach 5, Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) was born to race cars. But when Speed turns down a lucrative offer from Royalton Industries, he not only infuriates the company’s maniacal owner (Roger Allam) but uncovers a terrible secret–some of the biggest races are being fixed by a handful of ruthless moguls! The only way for Speed to save his family’s business and the sport he loves is to beat Royalton at his own game. With the support of his family (John Goodman, Susan Sarandon) and his loyal girlfriend, Trixie (Christina Ricci), Speed teams with his one-time rival–the mysterious Racer X (Matthew Fox) to win the race that took his brother, Rex Racer’s, life: the death-defying, cross-country rally known as The Crucible.
“Amid the overly earnest tone, (almost) squeaky-clean humor and familiar messages about teamwork and integrity is the rare film family that’s as strong at the start as they are by the end.” (Film.com)
“More than the story of the Racer family, Speed Racer is the visual autobiography of the Wachowskis and their pit crew of computer-nerd Einsteins, using the tools of their trade to transform the movie medium.” (TIME Magazine)
Friday, March 31
Doors 11:00 pm | Movie 11:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets HERE
Late Night Date Night! Bring a friend, date, or fellow gear-head for two-for-one entry to this Friday Late Night Movie.
SPEED RACER (Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, 2008 / 135 mins / PG) Born into a family business of race cars, Speed Racer is one of the track’s hot stars. Sitting at the wheel of his Mach 5, he consistently deflates the competition. When Speed turns down an offer from the head of Royalton Industries, he uncovers a secret. Powerful moguls fix the races to boost profits. Hoping to beat the executive, Speed enters the same arduous cross-country race that killed his brother.
*Minors permitted. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
*Rio Theatre Groupons and Rio Theatre passes are OK for any single film screening only. Please redeem at the box office.
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Voted the #1 Independent Theatre in Vancouver, the Rio Theatre is a multimedia venue featuring arthouse, mainstream and cult-classic cinemas as well as live entertainment. Built in 1938, the Rio has been fully restored with a state of the art digital projector, surround sound, a huge stage and 420 luxurious seats.1660 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC
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