Synopsis: Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.
Review: Being that this happened to be based on one of my favourite video gaming series. I jumped at the opportunity to get me a copy of the movie via sony’s video on demand service via the playstation network.
The film stars Aaron Paul of ‘Breaking Bad’ fame as a specialist motor mechanic and street racer Tobey Marshall.
When Tobey and business associate Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper) have a street race in some super european sports cars Tobey’s friend Pete (Harrison Gilbertson) the third racer is brutally ran off the road and killed by Dino, who sets Tobey up for manslaughter by making the third race car that he was driving disappear, which sees Tobey spend a couple of years in prison.
Fresh out of Prison having served his time Tobey sets about entering an exclusive illegal street race across America and has 46 hours to drive across several states to Los Angeles in order to enter the race and get some payback from Dino, who is also entered in the race.
On his journey across the US Tobey is joined by car enthusiast Julia Maddon (Imogen Poots) his eyes in the sky Benny (Scott Mescudi) and his two fellow mechanic friends who are all tailing him to keep the law off of his back.
Things get complicated however when Dino puts a bounty on Tobey’s head.
As you can imagine lots of high speed action ensues and some of the stunt work in this film is definitely up there with the more expensively produced ‘Fast and Furious’ movies.
Michael Keating of ‘Batman’ fame puts in a fantastically off the wall performance as the race promoter and former driver Monarch.
The movie is not too demanding on the old grey matter, but it is a lot of fun and well worth a look if you are looking for a real old fashioned road movie.
The banter between Tobey and his friends as they tear up the highways and bi ways of the USA is a lot of fun and Dominic Cooper is pretty good as the main bad guy of the film.
Given that the film is based on a video game, which is often the kiss of death for any film. I was pretty impressed with how this film come out. So I’m awarding it a 4 out of 5.
‘Need For Speed’ is available now on DVD, Blu Ray and most VOD services and is at the very least worth the rental price if its not the type of film you are wanting to keep.