Ryan Reynolds’ High Speed Racing Movie Is Crushing Netflix

Ryan Reynolds is the star of Turbo, a Netflix top 10 film right now.

By Jessica Scott | Updated


When you think “racing movie,” your mind probably goes to films like Jason Statham’s Death Race or Need for Speed or even Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Ryan Reynolds’ best racing movie, though, is a cute story about a garden snail who dreams of racing in – and winning – the Indy 500. Turbo is streaming on Netflix now, and according to FlixPatrol, it has been in Netflix’s Top 10 for the past week. 

Turbo is your typical underdog story of a not-so-typical snail named Theo a.k.a. Turbo, voiced by Ryan Reynolds, who is now best known for his more adult films, like Deadpool. Turbo (who gave himself that nickname, by the way), lives in a tomato garden in Los Angeles, dreaming of being a racer like Guy Gagné, who won the Indy 500 five times. His fervent passion for everything fast makes him the black sheep of the group of snails he lives with, who are all content to live their lives at their normal, slow speed.

As much as he would love to be fast, though, Ryan Reynolds’ character is still a snail, and snails are just not genetically built to be fast. All that changes, though, when Turbo wanders out into the street and sees a star in the sky. Like all good dreamers do, he makes a wish on that star, hoping to become fast. In that moment, he is sucked into the supercharger of a Chevrolet Camaro, which fuses his molecules with nitrous oxide.

Miraculously, he lives, and realizes that he possesses the kind of speed he could only dream of. This gets him into some trouble with his brother, Chet (voiced by Paul Giamatti), but also gets them out of trouble. It even gets Turbo into the race he so wanted to compete in: the Indy 500.

Like most Ryan Reynolds films, this one seems a bit outlandish, but is still a good time. Even though the film is now ten years old, audiences still love it – at the time of this writing, it is number three in Netflix’s Top 10 movies.

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Ryan Reynolds’ titular hero in Turbo (2013)

Turbo made its world premiere at the CineEurope film distributors’ trade fair on May 20, 2013, and was released into US theaters on July 17, 2013. When it was released in Chile, it had an even bigger premiere: it was the first feature film to be played in 4DX motion format, which includes strobe lights, wind, water sprays, smells, and other things that engaged all the audience’s senses, making for a truly immersive viewing experience.

Ryan Reynolds’ computer-animated feature was surprisingly expensive to both make and market, and thusly resulted in it being one of DreamWorks Animations’ lowest-grossing films thus far. Still, though, it debuted at number one in 32 territories around the world and was number three at the box office in the United States on its opening weekend, so the franchise itself is said to be considered profitable nevertheless, since it is so well-liked by audiences.

CinemaScore gave it an A+ from young audiences when it was released, which is a highly coveted mark from audiences polled after watching the film, and it also has a high review rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics say that it isn’t the best or most innovative film of all time, but it is a fun ride, thanks in part to Ryan Reynolds’ always humorous voice acting.