Need For Speed is a prototypical racing film filled with a sloppy, disjointed plot and boring stock characters. The film attempts to rely too heavily on the video game franchise it is adapted from, flashy cars and the current success and appeal of the star. This film certainly has a need to speed up its incredibly slow-paced story.

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SYNOPSIS: A street racer, who was framed by his ex-business parter, is fresh out of prison seeking revenge.

Bits I Loved?

  • The premise was promising, bringing an actual storyline to a racing film.
  • Comedic relief of Michael Keaton was great intermixed with the racing.
  • Relatively good acting performances by Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper and Michael Keaton.
  • Great special effects and car stunts.
  • Some of the cinematography put you in the race, as if you were playing a video game. Not sure if everyone finds that to be good or not but it really immerses the audience.

Bits I Hated?

  • The translation from premise to story was lost bringing a terribly disjointed and rather clichéd plot.
  • Found very little chemistry between Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots. Because of this I felt like any romantic storyline was unnecessary.
  • Film relies too heavily on the video game franchise to care about creating an innovative racing film similar to how the Fast & Furious franchise did a decade ago.
  • Rather boring characters, using stock archetypes with atypical storylines set for a revenge film. Aaron Paul seemed a bit type-cast.

Is It Good?

Need for Speed is a prototypical racing film that brings nothing new to the car-centric action genre. Although the premise of a revenge film revolving around drag racing sounds intriguing, it is filled with a sloppy, disjointed plot and boring stock characters. Wastes relatively good acting by the leads of Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper by creating rather disconnected, unempathetic characters. Michael Keaton brought a strong comedic performance to help break up any tension throughout the film. However the tension never really seemed to be there at the level it should have been. The film relied too heavily on the video game franchise and cars rather than actual story, trying to cash in on the current success of its star. If the writers focused on a more innovative story for a rather overdone genre than flashy cars perhaps this film would have defined a new age of racing films. Need for Speed certainly has a need for some speed.


1 = Fair 2 = Good 3 = Very Good 4 = Excellent

★★☆☆ – Premise

★★☆☆ – Story

★★☆☆ – Characters

★★☆☆ – Visual Effects

★★☆☆ – Dialogue

★★★☆ – Visuals

★★☆☆ – Soundtrack

★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆  5/10 – Consider

 What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

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