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“Gran Turismo” is the latest video game movie produced by PlayStation Productions and is set to be available for digital purchase on Amazon Prime Video starting September 26.
Directed by Neill Blomkamp, the film tells the story of Jann Mardenborough, portrayed by Archie Madekwe, a British teenage gamer with aspirations of becoming a Formula One racer despite his father’s disapproval. Simultaneously, marketing executive Danny Moore, played by Orlando Bloom, proposes to Nissan that their next professional driver should be one of the world’s best “Gran Turismo” video game players. This proposition could be Jann’s ticket to realizing his dreams as he is paired with Jack Salter, a former pro turned mechanic, portrayed by David Harbour, to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, an arduous endurance race in France.
The film also features a cast including Djimon Hounsou, Darren Barnet, Geri Halliwell Horner, Takehiro Hira, Daniel Puig, Josha Stradowski, Maeve Courtier-Lilley, Sang Heon Lee, Emelia Hartford, and more.
“Gran Turismo” had a successful run at the box office, earning $110.4 million worldwide since its release at the end of August. The film received positive reviews from critics, with Variety film critic Owen Gleiberman praising its use of a heightened video game aesthetic to create more realistic race sequences. Gleiberman described the film as providing the audience with a “contact high” and noted its innocence and unexpected authenticity.