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Gran Turismo Movie Faces Criticism for Rewriting Real-Life Incident

Critics have raised concerns about the upcoming Gran Turismo movie for its portrayal of a real-life incident in which a spectator died. The film is based on the story of professional racer Jann Mardenborough, who was involved in an accident at the Nürburgring in Germany in 2015, resulting in the death of a spectator. However, critics argue that the movie reframes the incident and changes its position in the timeline of Mardenborough's career.

According to the critics, the film presents the accident as a turning point for Mardenborough, implying that he uses the tragedy as motivation, leading to a third-place finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans event. In reality, Mardenborough and his team had already achieved a third-place finish at Le Mans in 2013, two years before the accident.

Some reviewers have criticized the film for reshuffling the details of the tragedy to create a more dramatic narrative. They argue that the movie falsely suggests that the incident propelled Mardenborough to greatness and criticize the filmmakers for exploiting a real-life tragedy for entertainment purposes.

Polygon's review of the film also points out the discrepancy between the movie and actual events. The screenplay rearranges the chronology of the accident to present it as a defining setback on Mardenborough's journey to the Le Mans podium, even though the accident occurred years later.

Mardenborough himself has acknowledged the inclusion of the crash in the movie and defended its portrayal, stating that it was important to show the correct sequence of events and the impact they had on his life. He believes that leaving out the accident would have been a disservice to the audience and appreciates how the film captures the dark moments and mental aspects of his experience.

The Gran Turismo movie is set to release in the UK on August 9 and will have a limited release in the US on August 11 before a wider release on August 25.