Right up front, let me say that Need for Speed is not a great movie. But it is not a bad one either. It’s not going to get nominated for a best picture Oscar, and neither is any of the cast. But it is a fun movie; the highlights being the racing scenes.
Wrongly convicted and imprisoned for a murder he did not commit, Tobey Marshall (played by Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul) gets out of prison and obtains a super-fast Ford Mustang that he and his crew tuned prior to his incarceration. The whole idea is that he will drive the car to California from New York in to compete in an illegal street race against his nemesis, Dino Brewster (played by Dominic Cooper.) The catch is that the race will be in two days, and Marshall needs to drive really fast to get there, avoiding police whenever possible.
The plot, such as it is, is a pretty standard revenge fantasy. There was never any doubt in my mind how the events would unfold.
The real stars of this movie are the cars: there is a “Shelby” Mustang, a Lamborghini Elemento, three Koenigsegg Ageras, and a Bugatti Veyron. The racing is reckless but a whole lot of fun to watch. Apparently, the super car races only used shells, which is nice as I would hate to think they destroyed multimillion dollar cars for movie stunts.
In many ways, the racing is derivative of the Fast & Furious franchise but instead of tuned Asian cars, Euro super cars stand in as substitutes.
Worth a look if you like white-knuckle car races with super-fast cars.
Skip it if you like more cerebral movies.
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