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For­mer su­per-vil­lain Gru (Steve Carell) is now a dot­ing fa­ther to his three adopted daugh­ters, but his world is thrown off-kil­ter when he’s ab­ducted by agent Lucy Wilde (Kris­ten Wiig) and con­fronted by a new arch crim­i­nal (Ben­jamin Bratt). Worse still, his adorable min­ions turn naughty. A softer film than the orig­i­nal, but the min­ions re­main amus­ing.


“First rule of magic – al­ways be the smartest guy in the room,” main­tains Jesse Eisen­berg’s smug ma­gi­cian. Four fast-talk­ing il­lu­sion­ists/char­la­tans – Eisen­berg , Isla Fisher, Woody Har­rel­son and Dave Franco – are in­vited by a shad­owy or­gan­i­sa­tion to be­come bank rob­bers. Af­ter a solid start, this con­vo­luted thriller starts to un­ravel and the char­ac­ters lose def­i­ni­tion. More heinously, Louis Leter­rier wastes the tal­ents of Har­rel­son, Mark Ruf­falo and Me­lanie Lau­rent. Logic be damned in Steven Knight’s crime drama, which starts with Ja­son Statham as a home­less, al­co­holic for­mer Gulf War sol­dier be­ing duffed up by lowlifes. This is an act­ing de­par­ture for Statham – but it doesn’t last long be­fore he’s back in hard­nut mode once again. His “Crazy Joe” breaks into a con­ve­niently empty lux­ury pad, has a shave, dons a sharp suit and promptly joins a Triad gang in Chi­na­town as their vi­o­lent en­forcer. A messy, ab­surd film. – The In­de­pen­dent This tri­umph of speed over slime trails bor­rows some el­e­ments from Fast and Fu­ri­ous: a drag race, ni­trous ox­ide and even a Michelle Rodriguez. But re­ally, Turbo feels more like a hy­brid of Pixar’s Cars and ev­ery fam­i­lyfriendly tale, from The Tor­toise and the Hare to Mon­sters Univer­sity, that cham­pi­ons the out­size dreams of un­der­dog un­der­achiev­ers. Turbo pep­pered with enough clever touches to en­gage adults as well as chil­dren. – Wash­ing­ton Post

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