Need for Speed

Need for Speed Review

by O. Spooner

Rating: 4 out of 5.

‘It’s got everything you would want out of a film based on the Video Game series: fast cars, crazy backstories, and explosions that would put even Michael Bay to shame.’

Director: Scott Waugh

Cast: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Kid Cudi, Rami Malek & Michael Keaton

Plot Synopsis: After getting out of prison for manslaughter, a street racer drives from where he lives in New York to California to joins the infamous ‘De Leon’ race, where the person who framed him is also competing.

First of all, what is the De Leon? The De Leon is a race that was created by a person called Monarch (Michael Keaton). If you win the De Leon, you get all the other competitor’s cars (if they’re not in a million pieces). Now let’s get on with the review, this film is great, even if a lot of things online will tell you differently. But in my opinion, I think it’s a pretty good film. It’s got everything you would want out of a film based on the Video Game series: fast cars, crazy backstories, and explosions that would put even Michael Bay to shame. It’s a good representation of the game, well, the later instalments when they decided to make it more about street racers finding revenge on people who did them wrong, which is what happens in some of them. All the races are fun to watch and make for some of the best moments in the film!

There are a few problems with the film as there isn’t really that much character development – everyone is the same as they are in the beginning of the film, as they are at the end. Also, there is a scene when they’ve just started the cross country drive and the main character tries to get the passenger out by driving like a maniac, afterwards the passenger says “ this is going to be the longest 44 hours and 11 minutes of your life.” First of all, that seems a bit too specific as it could have just been 44 hours and I think it would have made the script flow better. Also, the main character has been in prison for the past 2 years so it’s safe to assume that during that was probably the longest 44 hours of his life!

Overall, I think that this film is good and it does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s the Need for Speed game series in film form.

Need for Speed is currently available on Netflix and was rated 12A by the BBFC.

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