I love racing movies. From the good ole days of Bullitt and Vanishing Point to the new crop of chase films like the Fast and Furious franchise, I can’t get enough. The newest addition to the genre is Need for Speed, which is also the first big post-Breaking Bad role for Aaron Paul. The film is based on the long running and much loved series of video games of the same name. But does it live up to its game racing roots?
Aaron Paul plays Tobey Marshall, a street racer and mechanic who is framed and sent to prison for a murder he did not commit. After two years behind bars Tobey is released and has one thing on his mind: revenge. But to get that revenge he must get his hands on the fastest car he ever built and get into the mysterious and high stakes race known as The DeLeon. Tobey will have just one chance to prove he is the best and exact revenge on those who wronged him.
Need for Speed is one heck of a thrill ride. The story is fairly stock as are some of the supporting characters, but Paul brings a good dose of charisma to the role of Tobey and the racing scenes, which dominate the majority of the running time, are simply astounding. Involving some of the most hi tech and fastest cars imaginable, Need for Speed cranks up the excitement with insane stunts, faster than fast cars and a solid revenge tale for a potent entertainment cocktail. Dominic Cooper is appropriately slimy as bad guy Dino Brewster and Imogen Poots adds a nice dash of attitude to the otherwise testosterone driven story. If you are looking for some great eye candy racing goodness, Need for Speed will fill that void nicely.
The Blu-ray from Touchstone Home Entertainment is a gorgeous thing to behold. As with most top tier releases from this studio, the picture is near flawless with a rollicking soundtrack to match. The racing sequences will leave you breathless and clutching your couch cushions. Need for Speed is a great race movie and a nice start to Aaron Paul’s post-Breaking Bad movie career.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.