1 hour, 53 minutes
G General Audiences.
for violence, guns, and death threats.
Featuring the voices of:
Owen Wilson ...
Larry the Cable Guy ...
Michael Caine ...
Emily Mortimer ...
Eddie Izzard ...
Sir Miles Axlerod
John Turturro ...
Joe Mantegna ...
Thomas Kretschmann ...
Peter Jacobson ...
Bonnie Hunt ...
In this computer animated sequel, Finn
McMissile (voiced by Michael Caine), a British superspy, stumbles upon some kind of secret
plan involving a huge oil dig in the middle of the ocean. It's connected
directly to a new race, in which Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson). will take on the boastful
Italian car Francesco Bernoulli (voiced by John Turturro), both using a
new kind of alternative fuel. An American spy car, 'Torque' Redline
(voiced by Bruce Campbell) is supposed to pass some secret photos to
McMissile, but he's compromised, and slips the photos to Mater, the tow truck (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy).
And so Mater becomes a reluctant spy, along with McMissile, and agent
Holley Shiftwell (voiced by Emily Mortimer), who has left her desk for
the first time to work in the field. Mater's homespun "wisdom" comes to
his rescue each time, and his new colleagues think he's a genius. Meanwhile, Lightning and Mater have a fight and Lightning spends the rest of the movie moping
about it. His races take a definite backseat to the sluggish spy story,
and all the stuff about their friendship feels forced.
But the subplot about sustainable alternative fuels is valid and there are some other good things about Cars 2. It has a terrific sense of speed and
weight and use of space and the races are as exciting as
ever. An additional cast of impressive voice actors lends some
class to the production including: Eddie Izzard, Joe Mantegna, Franco Nero, Tony
Shalhoub, Vanessa Redgrave, and others. But basically Cars 2 has little soul, and isn't much more than a one-joke wonder. This is probably Pixar's weakest movie, but it will surely entertain younger audiences, especially boys.
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