Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) gets behind the wheel in the movie adaptation of EA’s wildly popular driving game Need for Speed.
If I had to choose three words to describe the movie it would be; revenge, fast and cars. You might be able to predict what happens in this movie but is it still worth your time and hard earned money? I was able to see an advanced screening, so I’ll tell you. *there is a mini rant at the end with spoilers.*
The Plot: Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) is a street racer and owner of his family’s car garage which is about to be foreclosed on. To save the shop he takes a job fixing a rare mustang (valued at $3 million) from his long time racing nemesis Dino (Dominic Cooper). After the car is sold, a street race ensues resulting in the death of Tobey’s close friend for which he is framed and jailed. After 2 years Tobey is released and is bent on avenging his friend’s death in an underground street race called “DeLeon” a winner take all pink slip race. The value of cars in the race $7 million.
-Aaron Paul; Great actor and does a good job with his character. Tobey is cool and collected and doesn’t let his emotions go wild and get the best of him. Aaron, isn’t over the top which in my opinion is a good thing. He is top billed for the movie and for good reason. Aaron seems like a great person and im glad he is getting more major roles.
-Scott Mescudi aka. Kid Cudi; His character code name “Maverick” or “Liar 1” was one of my favorites in the film. I’m not a big fan of his music and I honestly didn’t know he was in it until I looked on IMDB. His character provides a lot of the comedic relief for the film and I think he did a great job.
-The cars; This is the main link between the video game and the movie. I probably will never drive, let alone, own any of the cars in the film, but it was cool to see the exotic supercars like the Bugatti, Lamborghini, Agera and it was a little sad to see some destroyed.
-Detroit; Living in the Detroit area it was great to see buildings I recognized that were filmed downtown. Scenes were filmed downtown right outside of my wife’s building and she sent me this (it’s a bit grainy) video of one of the scenes being filmed.
-The DeLeon; Spoiler alert…Im going to write about this at the end. Don’t read it if you don’t want things spoiled.
-Michael Keaton’s video podcast; In the movie Michael Keaton’s character (I’m going to call him Mr. D) hosts the DeLeon and has a video podcast on racing. It’s not the podcast I have problems with, it was that his podcast could be viewed on any portable device (ipad, computer, car touch screen) in real time and be perfectly streamed with no video or sound quality issues. AND you can upload videos back to Michael Keaton almost instantaneously. Cell service must be amazing in their alternate universe.
-Cast selection; I was hoping for 1 or 2 more recognizable actors in the film. For instance I think Emma Stone would have made a great Julia…although Imogen Poots did a fine job. I also heard Justin Bieber likes street racing too…idiot.
If you are looking for a Fast and Furious knock off or something similar, you could be disappointed. Although the movie is a bit predictable, Need for Speed is not as comical or over the top as F&F. If you are an Aaron Paul or exotic car fan, I think you will appreciate this film. It doesn’t delve deep into character backstories but as the movie goes on you don’t mind or care. If you are into fast cars and cool driving go check it out.
7 out of 10
Need for Speed opens officially on March 14, 2014. Rated PG-13.
*****WARNING: GOING ON A RANT. STOP READING IF YOU DON’T WANT TO READ SPOILERS*****
Ok, the main issue I have with the movie is the DeLeon race itself.
- You have to be invited to be in this secret race. At one point people aren’t sure who actually runs it or how someone is invited. But Tobey easily gets invited by uploading a video to Mr. D’s podcast and SURPRISE he gets in very easily.
- The DeLeon is a huge underground race. But why? The winner gets the other racers cars. Why would racers care about THIS particular race? Mr. D doesn’t appear to have any financial risk, so how did he get people to risk their million dollar cars for his enjoyment? Maybe if I had millions of dollars I would understand…anyone want to donate some cash to me?
- Why would anyone be in this race if the prizes are cars?! Why does this bother me? Six of the seven cars in the race get totaled. It might have been different in years past, but in this race the cops are involved and most of the cars are smashed or explode. So the winner gets a pile of car parts that were worth $7 million dollars and now just scrap? Does insurance cover that? Wouldn’t all the cars be seized by police since they were involved in illegal street racing and probably police manslaughter? That was my biggest frustration.
But it’s a movie so everything works out.
Got any questions or answers for me? Make a comment or Hit me up on twitter @n3rdlink and I’ll answer your questions about Need for Speed.