DUBAI: “Gran Turismo”, the movie based on PlayStation’s racing simulation video game series, premiered in Dubai on August 8.
The premiere was organized by Mall of the Emirates’ Vox Cinemas and Empire Entertainment alongside PlayStation Middle East, Nissan Middle East, Michelin Middle East, TikTok and other partners.
Based on a true story, “Gran Turismo” follows the incredible journey of working-class gamer Jann Mardenborough, portrayed by Archie Madekwea, as he faces various struggles to become a race car driver.
Directed by the renowned Neill Blomkamp, known for his remarkable work in science fiction films such as “District 9” and “Chappie”, “Gran Turismo” promises to deliver a roller coaster of emotions, action, and inspiration. The film is produced by PlayStation Productions and Columbia Pictures.
Waleed K Hmidan, an award-winning filmmaker, shared his feedback about the movie: “This is a pleasant surprise….a well-produced film with an especially wonderful performance by David Harbour. The film is realistic, poignant, and has surprising emotional depth,” he said.
Film director Faisal Hashmi also shared his thoughts regarding the film saying, “as someone who’s casually played the Gran Turismo games but never enough to call myself a fan, I was cautious going into the movie.”
“But I was very surprised to see that the film works as a rousing and effective underdog sports film even if you don’t know anything about the game at all. The true story of a gamer turned professional racer is relatable and easy for someone to root for. The racing sequences are thrilling as well.” he adds.
“Gran Turismo” is available now across cinemas in the Middle East and GCC regions. It will be released in Japan on September 15.