Need for Speed (2014)
Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) is a quiet, yet driven, local shop owner who just wants to keep up with payments to keep his business running. When he is framed from the tragic death of his good friend during a street race, Tobey is locked away for 2 years. Hell bent on seeking revenge on the man who put him behind bars, Tobey decides to go on a cross-country road trip in order to enter the race that will settle the score; the Deleon.
For starters, I am not a huge fan of car racing movies (even though I do like the Fast and Furious franchise and Rush last year was good) and I have never played any of the video games this movie is based on. Having said that, the first thing I noticed right out of the gate was the horrible acting. Many of the scenes portrayed people who were not natural and would never behave in such ways in real life. It was just awkward and took away from any realism as I chuckled in my seat. Second thing I noticed was the lack of any true star (and Michael Keaton 20 years after his prime doesn’t count). Its been 2+ years since starting this blog, and I’ve been watching movies for years before that, and one of the biggest red flags to a movie is NO STARS! What it tells me is that no Hollywood actor would put their name to this movie for money… not even actors famous for supporting roles.
As the movie goes along, the racing scenes do make up for the weak and predictable story. There are some pretty neat stunts and the cars are nice to look at. However, this is basically all the movie has to offer. Tobey’s crew adds some likability and Imogen Poots is good-looking, but they aren’t enough to excuse this movie of a run time of over 2 hours. At the end of the day, if you want a car movie, go watch Vin Diesel and Paul Walker (or even many classics) but don’t waste your time here. Not missing a thing! Co-starring Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi, Dominic Cooper, Ramon Rodriguez, Michael Keaton, Dakota Johnson, Rami Malek, and Harrison Gilbertson.
5/10 Stars – Sure the cars and the races are fun, but the length, story and acting make me want to turn it off!
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