Movie Reviews: Need For Speed




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     DreamWorks (2 hr. 10 min.)
     Fresh from prison, a street racer framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross-country race with revenge in mind.
     Aaron Paul, Scott Mescudi, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Ramon Rodriguez, Michael Keaton, Rami Malek
Bottom Line:

J.R. Johnson

“Need for Speed” is exactly what it advertises, fast cars and that’s pretty much it. In this high-stakes, tire-peeling thriller, Aaron Paul takes on his first leading role on the big screen after his outstanding run on AMC’s “Breaking Bad.” Paul does the best he can with a movie that seems like it was rushed (forgive the pun) into theaters.

Paul hops behind the wheel as Tobey Marshall, a street racer with a gift for driving, but he channels his passion into working under the hood at his father’s auto shop. A former rival comes into Tobey’s life with a once in a lifetime deal he can’t pass up. However, the deal ends with Toby in handcuffs and framed for the murder of his best friend. After serving his time, Tobey is hell-bent on earning his long overdue revenge. 

A simple plot isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but “Need for Speed” is almost too basic, and the chore of waiting for the unsurprising finale is forced upon the audience. A one-way road to revenge, with a taste of some half-hearted secondary character introspective, feels like it was molded by a B-grade action movie cookie cuter as most of the movie’s filler.

When it comes to the metal beasts carving up the pavement, it’s almost as good as it gets. From cars you’ve never heard of, to exploits you’ve never seen, “Need for Speed” doesn’t disappoint.

Nice cars, ridiculous stunts that utilize the 3D awesomely, and a few pretty girls can only take the movie so far – and it’s well short of the finish line. “Need for Speed” runs out of gas long before it really gets close to the finish line.

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