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Gran Turismo (2023)

Based on the true story of Jann Mardenborough, this film is an adaptation of a popular racing video game series that is turned into an underdog sports drama. By: Dylan Low

Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sport


Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing

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Length: 134 min


Producer: Doug Belgrad, Asad Qizilbash, Carter Swan, Dana Brunetti


Production Companies: Columbia Pictures, PlayStation Productions, 2.0 Entertainment



Noted as a thrilling and action-packed story not to be missed, it showcases the importance of perseverance and “nothing is impossible when you’re fueled from within”, according to the film synopsis.

Gran Turismo details the unbelievable true story about +a group of unlikely underdogs, featuring a struggling working-class gamer (Archie Madekwe), an unsuccessful ex-race car driver (David Harbour), and an idealistic motorsport executive (Orlando Bloom). As a team, they take risks to join race car driving – one of the most elite sports in the world.

Other than the thrill of sports car-racing, the film is centred around the importance of chasing one’s passion and dreams. The relationship between Jann and his family is relatable to audiences, as his parents were trying to keep him safe from the dangers of racing (telling him to find a real job and career), yet in the end allowing him to pursue his dreams for it anyway. 


The character cast was exceptional as well.  Geri Halliwell Horner and Djimon Hounsou outstandingly portrayed their role as Jann’s parents, showcasing tenderness and vulnerability when reacting to their son’s decision to do car racing. With true emotions shown on screen, it surely tugs on the heartstrings of viewers watching the film.


Archie Madekwe was also exceptional as Jann Mardenborough, having to play various duties as brother, son, friend, gamer, and racer with incredible depth, which he showcased even in this fast-paced film. 


Overall, Gran Turismo has excelled in being a genuinely inspirational film with real-life takeaways and moral lessons. Compared to other action films (showcases good/bad characters, violence and victory after winning), it has an original approach in showing Jann’s racing journey to audiences, including values to be learnt throughout racing and sports experiences, as well as aspirations to chase one’s dreams. 

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