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August 11, 2023

'Gran Turismo' movie drifts into cliches and video game aesthetics

AP Film Writer


Director: Neill Blomkamp

Cast: David Harbour, Orlando Bloom, Archie Madekwe, Geri Halliwell

Rating: PG-13, for intense action, strong language

Running time: 135 minutes

In 2006, a Nissan marketing executive had a truly insane idea to create a competition and an “academy” to turn gamers into race car drivers. Darren Cox saw an untapped market of potential car-buyers in Gran Turismo enthusiasts – the popular PlayStation racing simulator that first came on the market in 1997. And in the third year of the “GT Academy,” an actual star emerged in a 19-year-old British kid named Jann Mardenborough, who would go on to become a professional driver, just like he dreamed.

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