Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Need for Speed Review - 2 Stars
“Breaking Bad” co-star Aaron Paul breaks in his new high-profile career in “Need for Speed.” Don’t expect anything near as sharp as the “Fast and Furious” series. “Need for Speed” sticks to the basics—a best friend whose dialog telegraphs that he’s gonna die—a dead father, an ex girlfriend, a really bad villain driver, and only Aaron can win the day. Paul must share his stardom with a 50th anniversary hotter than hot new Ford Mustang which he drives across country at maniacal speeds. He brings Imogen Poots along for the ride which includes several show downs with bad guys who don’t want them to make the New York to San Francisco run. But they do and after a hiccup or two, Aaron enters an exclusive high stakes race where the winner will receive justice and a lot of money. The cars really steal the show as well as the stunts the filmmakers have the cars do. Aaron Paul has a certain charisma and I imagine he’ll enjoy a long career in major movies. I hope he starts getting scripts better than this one which made the audience I watched with laugh out loud far too many times. Does it deliver what it promises? Race car drama by the book. Is it entertaining? Nice cars. Is it worth the price of admission? For car guys.