‘Need For Speed’ Movie Review – A Great Ride
In DreamWorks Pictures’ new movie, Need For Speed, Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a mechanic who races muscle cars on the side, is on a quest for revenge after being framed by ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper) for a crime he didn’t commit. Two years later, Tobey is released from prison and ready to take action, but first he’s got to get invited to the De Leon race, which is equated to the Super Bowl of underground racing, in order to beat Dino on his own turf. However, Tobey will soon realize that getting invited was the least of his problems, he will have to find a way to get from coast-to-cast in a limited amount of time while dodging cops and dealing with a dangerous bounty put on him by Dino. Thankfully, his friends are there to back him up.
Needless to say, Need For Speed has laid down tons of ingredients in its storyline to create a great racing movie.
I didn’t really have any expectations for Need For Speed, all I wanted was an entertaining car action/chase film in the vain of Fast and Furious, and Need For Speed delivered, I would even say that it delivered more than I was hoping for.
But before I delve too much into the action, let’s talk about the story. While Need For Speed doesn’t do anything revolutionary, it does set up a good enough story to engage us between the action. Although I could have done without the cliched and a bit over the top bad guy, it was only a minor annoyance.
When it comes to the action, that’s where Need For Speed wins. They have some visually beautiful cars (I can’t speak for much else since I don’t know much about cars) and some impressive stunts. I’m a big fan of car actions movies like Gone in Sixty Seconds and the Fast and Furious franchise that I’ve mentioned before, and I throughly enjoyed myself watching this one as well. In fact, I only realized while writing this review that the film is 130 minutes long, but it certainly didn’t feel that long, which is always a good thing.
As for the cast, Aaron Paul is a great pick for the lead, he really is the star of the film by being the anchor and making us care for Tobey. Tobey’s crew and friends make up a great team thanks to the talents of Imogen Poots, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Scott Mescudi and Harrison Gilbertson. Secondary characters are sometimes treated that way, as secondary to the story, but Need For Speed makes the effort to not only give them substance but make them so likable that you’re always happy to see them onscreen. And last but not least, probably my favorite character of the movie is the mysterious Monarch, played by Michael Keaton. While he only has a few scenes throughout the movie, he makes quite an impression.
And so if you’re looking for some entertainment this weekend, and even more if you’re a fan of cars, Need For Speed is definitely worth checking out.
Need For Speed is out to theaters today, March 14th. You can watch the trailer below.