A street racer named Tobey Marshall is released from prison after being framed by an old foe for murder. There is a secret race that he wishes to enter to settle the score but not before running into some road blocks on the way across America.
Need for Speed is based on the popular video game franchise. This movie has been in the works for quite some time now but due to the popularity of The Fast and Furious Franchise it has finally seen the light of day. As ridiculous and stupid the plot is, I still found this to be quite entertaining and lots of fun.
Aaron Paul played Tobey in one of his first major leading roles since Breaking Bad. As much as I liked him in Breaking Bad, I don't think he has the chops to carry an entire film and find him to be more suited in a supporting role, granted this is the first lead movie role I've seen him in. I can't say I didn't like him but would have rather seen someone else play his character. The love interest Julia, played by Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later, Fright Night), I found to be delightful. Imogen was quite charming and perfect for her role. She has a lot of talent and I hope to see more of her.
There are a lot of car chases and races which brought homage to the video game but it doesn't play well as a movie. The script was not very good and has one of the dumbest story lines I have seen in a long time. You want to like Tobey but it's hard when he is reckless and puts the lives of others in danger several times for his selfish reasons. The film also ran way too long and couldn't have been shorten by at least 30 minutes or so. Besides that, all of the action sequences were fun and thrilling to watch. There are many super cars featured which are very expensive and it's hard to believe that they would crash so many of them. If you like mindless action sequences then you should enjoy this film.
I would recommend waiting for Need for Speed to come to home video and skip it in the theater. It may appeal to action movie junkies but those looking for an interesting plot should look elsewhere. I hope there is a better future for Aaron Paul because I really like the guy and I want to see him succeed. It tried to be the next Fast and Furious but failed in so many ways.
2/5 - Disappointing