The Popular Video Game "Need for Speed" Hits the Big Screen

Hook up! You are out of your mind. I love it. Fast cars, dangerous stunts and absurd leaps in believability make Need for Speed a fun ride, but it had its share of bumps along the way. Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul plays a disgraced street car racer, bent on revenge against his rival. To prove his innocence, he takes a dangerous cross country trip, evading cops and bounty hunters to enter the most intense high stakes street race of the year. You have to appreciate any recent movie that uses real cars during its stunt sequences. Director Scott Waugh chose to forgo the computer graphics and instead carefully choreograph the action sequences with actual vehicles. It makes everything feel more dangerous and real, giving extra weight to the action. You are crazy! In between the stunts and the action though we have a bunch of dopey eye-rolling scenes to get through. Some of them feature some of the worst, most convenient writing that I've seen in awhile. I hate to be the guy that begs for more action and less talking, but, at more than two hours long, Need for Speed is a beautiful looking gas guzzler that could have used a bit more streamlining. I'm John at the Movies.


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