Extra Cinema: Turbo (PG)

Undated Film Still Handout from Turbo. Pictured: Turbo voiced by RYAN REYNOLDS. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Fox UK. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.
Undated Film Still Handout from Turbo. Pictured: Turbo voiced by RYAN REYNOLDS. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Fox UK. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti and Maya Rudolph.

WHEN we first meet Turbo, he is toiling in the tomato patch with his ultra-cautious worrywart brother.

Unlike his fellow molluscs, Turbo has big dreams: he yearns to put a pedal to the metal like his hero — French-Canadian Indianapolis 500 champion, Guy Gagne (Bill Hader).

So Turbo trains hard, managing to slither the distance of a standard ruler in... 17 minutes.

Outrageous misfortune sucks Turbo into the engine of a street-racing car and the snail is coated in nitrous oxide, which fuses with his DNA and allows him to perform bursts of death-defying speed.

Turbo becomes the star attraction at mollusc races organized by taco truck driver Tito (Michael Pena) at a rundown strip mall on the outskirts of town.

So the truck driver exploits a loophole in the rules of the Indianapolis 500 and enters Turbo alongside Gagne.

Supported by the other racing snails — Whiplash (Samuel L Jackson), Smoove Move (Snoop Dogg), Burn (Maya Rudolph), Skidmark (Ben Schwartz) and White Shadow (Michael Patrick Bell)—- Turbo risks everything to defy Mother Nature and out-manoeuvre his arrogant idol.

Not the best of the new wave of animation, but fun.

Rating: 4/10