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Need for Speed
Framed for a crime he didn't commit, muscle car mechanic and street racer Tobey (Aaron Paul) gets out of prison determined to settle the score with the man responsible for his false conviction.... View more >
Starring Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Scott Mescudi... View more >
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Mar 20, 2014
"Need for Speed" should have been call the need to stay away from this movie. This movie, based on the video game is empty with lots of fast car with very little emotion to back up those cars. Aaron Paul plays a mechanic who takes part in a road race in which tyhey outrace each other and to put drivers in totoal risk. I could've said the same thing thing about the Fast and Furious series, but the they know much beter than that. All the drivers do is to go up to 200 mph and drivers motorist off the road. it's like the video game without you controlling the joystick. Imogen Poots is the only good thing that came out of this movie. I should have voted for her in the E News' Hottie Of The Week. It's the best I can do for this movie.
Sep 15, 2016
Some very nice cars are diminished by some really bad acting by Aaron Paul. Dominic Cooper tries to channel a super-villain and comes across like an angst-ridden pretty boy with an inferiority complex. Fortunately, the supporting cast keeps the movie from being completely awful, with Imogen Poots injecting some much needed energy into the proceedings. This could have been a much better movie with a different lead actor.
The unfortunate casting choice could have been overlooked if the story was more interesting and the way it was told was better executed. While some scenes work (the confrontation at the gas station, for example), many others are just bad. One can suspend disbelief while watching a car do the Dukes of Hazzard one better, but a majority of the movie is about people driving cars at road track speeds on city streets, endangering lives for their own ego-stroking pleasure. I think that is supposed to inject an adrenaline-induced excitement to the proceedings, but it gets tiring fast.
The cars were the highlight of the movie. It's just too bad that the acting, writing, and production couldn't do them justice. The cars and the acting of the supporting cast keeps it from getting a Stay Away! rating. It would have been much better had they gone full-camp instead of trying to play it serious.
Rent this movie with something else, so if you find it as tiresome as I did, your evening won't be a complete loss.
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