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No thrills in this dull speed quest; THE WORLD'S FASTEST INDIAN ** 12A.

ANTHONY Hopkins dives into this role as an old Kiwi codger determined to break the land-speed record on his old motorbike.

But what Hopkins thinks is a charming performance is soon a source of irritation, as the character stutters and shrugs through encounters.

Watching the film is like being caught in a time warp - not just the period setting, but the safe, old-fashioned film-making style.

As Burt Munro (Hopkins) journeys from New Zealand in 1967 to the salt flats of Utah, he solves every single problem within moments by a wink and a "what the heck".

There's no tension, no drama, no worries - so by the time Burt gets on his bike for his final run, the result is a foregone conclusion. And that's just boring.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 10, 2006
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