Friday, March 14, 2014

Need For Speed...and a Better Movie

Need for Speed hits theaters in an attempt to fill the void left by Fast And Furious. The movie is based on a popular video game series that has been around for a while now. The game features police chases, stunts, and of course, speed.  Aaron Paul is riding his “Breaking Bad,” popularity into the starring role. There will be comparisons to the Fast Franchise, but the real question is, does Need for Speed measure up?

Toby Marshal is a country kid with a knack for racing that gets in some trouble and ends up in prison. He’s framed by a wealthy business associate and wants revenge. He gets a spectacular mustang from a hot British girl and enters a winner take all illegal street race. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as Toby tries to clear his name and save his family business.

The fans of the game will recognize a lot of the stunts and they play a little better in the game than in reality. It’s all about fast cars and illegal racing. The story is easy to follow, but it doesn’t connect as well as the fast movies do.  Things happen a little too fast and no pun is intended. The scale of the movie just feels a bit off.

The cast isn’t bad. I think we are all accustomed to Vin and the crew and this cast seems to lack a little bit of appeal in comparison. Imogene Poots is ok, but she isn’t enough to carry the movie. Michael Keaton is quirky and the rest of Paul’s team lacks the charisma of Torreto’s crew. I hate to keep comparing the two movies, but it is really hard not to do so. It has stunts, action and great looking cars, but I am not sure there’s enough gas in the tank to carry this potential franchise.

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