"Need for Speed" Movie Review: 2 1/2 Stars
by Michael Phillips
In the race between interesting, long-ish screen noses belonging to good young actors, it's simply too close to call between
Both English performers and their noses appear in the exuberantly stupid time-killer (and if logic were applied, pedestrian-killer), "Need for Speed."
"Need for Speed" is based on the Electronic Arts gaming franchise begun in 1994, back when dinosaurs ruled the Earth and gas was quite a bit cheaper. This was when video games banking on vehicular homicide weren't yet realistic enough to erase the experiential boundary between animation and live-action escapism.
The point of the movie, of course, is to make the mayhem as fakey-realistic as possible, and that paradox guides a fairly
entertaining series of stunts from
When the actors are in cars, the movie's fun. When they get out to argue, or seethe, it's uh-oh time.
Tobey's our hero, the brooding garage mechanic and street racer played by
Paul has talent, though the actor's idea of simmering intensity in the context of "Need for Speed" comes off more like "serial killer in the making." Cooper, by contrast, seems to be having some fun playing a dashing, dastardly, sexy beast.
At its occasional best, the thrills in the film recall the delirious fun of the "Fast & Furious" franchise. Hanging
out at his small-town drive-in early in the picture, Tobey and the gang enact their little drama of romantic jealousy and
street rivalry while, on the screen behind them,
"Need for Speed" isn't much, but the story by
MPAA rating: PG-13 (for sequences of reckless street racing, disturbing crash scenes, nudity and crude language). Running time: 2:10.
"Need for Speed" Movie Trailer
"Need for Speed" is an action and adventure film starring Aaron Paul. The film is based off the well known video game, turning pretend into a real life situation. It is about a race across the country