Starring: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Scott Mescudi, Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton
Directed by: Scott Waugh
Written By: George Gatins
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 2 hr 10 min
Well, my drive to get groceries after watching Need for Speed was a touch more, shall we say, spirited! But, I’m a bit of gear head. So I know what a Hot-Hatch is. Driving an automatic makes me sleepy. Google’s plans to make cars autonomous makes me angry. I love the TV show Top Gear (the UK version of course) – Which Aaron Paul appeared on during the 2014 season to promote Need for Speed. I drive a stick, and if the mood takes me my Ford Focus ST will get to 60 in about 6 seconds. The mood takes me quite often. I like cars is what I’m saying, and it’s also the only reason Need for Speed gets a 25 out of 50 from me. 🙂
How’s the movie you ask? Well it kind-a-sucks. So yeah, er, see ya, I guess. Review done. Have a good day! Kidding. Please don’t go.
The movie, Need for Speed, exists because a computer game called, Need for Speed, is popular. That source of inspiration so far has never produced a high quality film as far as I know. Not that it shouldn’t. With the right creative team my spirited drive to the grocery store could be turned into a decent film. For some reason though, movies based on video games never seem to inspire a director or writer enough to polish these story premise turds into something unique and interesting. So what we get with Need for Speed is a lot of two-dimensional characters, and a plot that makes no sense at all. Even the events that set up the revenge storyline in this film are completely stupid. It’s a shame too, because I think Aaron Paul is a great actor, and he would have totally delivered if given decent material.
I was hopeful this would offer more than just high-speed chases. It doesn’t. But thankfully those high-speed chases are well shot, and exciting to watch. The cars look great too, and I appreciated the proper stunt work over CGI trickery.
If you’re a bit of gear head like me, you’ll likely get some enjoyment out of this. Undemanding action movie fans might enjoy this too. If you’re looking for a decent story and interesting characters, drive on.
The action is pretty intense, so a matinée showing will work. A HD viewing a home is recommended. This movie won’t work all that well on a tablet or phone. You need to be able to see what’s going on.
Best moment for me:
One nice element of this film is the friendship Tobey (Aaron Paul) has with his mechanic buddies. In one scene, they go to pick up their friend Finn (Rami Male). Since the group stopped working together, Finn started to work a boring office job. When he decides to rejoin his crew and quit his office gig, he does so in a way that ensures he’ll never be allowed back. I won’t spoil it for you. But it’s pretty funny.