Excerpt: Based on the popular video game series, Need for Speed failed to click with audiences when it hit theaters. The critics were also less than kind, but, despite the cliches, cheesy dialogue and bad acting, the film can be a lot of fun. It delivers on its promise of daring car races and stunts and doesn’t ask a lot of its audience outside of turning off your brain for a couple of hours.
Conclusion: Like many, I hope Aaron Paul finds success, but his post-"Breaking Bad" big screen career gets off to a lackluster start in Need for Speed , an unintelligent and underwhelming racing movie that won't do much for anyone who isn't riveted by the sights and sounds of fast cars in motion.
Excerpt: George Gatins’ screenplay for Need for Speed’s movie adaptation is scornful. Preying on underdog sports cliches, inducing shocks around women who understand cars, and sopping up pitiful emotions only spin out the dialog side of things. Then automotive mayhem happens and no one cares anymore. This is real, or at least the action is. Need for Speed evokes nostalgia in its reality.
Excerpt: The Film Yeah video games, bitch! As if you didn't miss Breaking Bad enough, Aaron Paul's first post-outing will have you wanting to shove Jesse Pinkman back into that underground bunker for safe keeping. It's such a waste of this guy's talent. It's a waste of everyone's talents: Dominc Cooper, Imogen Poots, and even Michael Keaton -- who is barely in the movie, by the way. After all, it's hard to get revved up about a movie inspired by a video game franchise.
Conclusion: Yeah, yeah. The Jesse Pinkman thing doesn't really hold water. I had to try something. I found myself liking Need for Speed even though I knew it wasn't a good film. Or more precisely, I found myself liking the people on screen and behind the camera. There's a passion, joy and prowess coursing through the practical stunts and race sequences that almost, almost brings Need to Speed roaring to life. But it's not enough.
Summary: Despite all the flaws, there’s no denying the visceral feeling that "Need for Speed" evokes. I found myself tensed up throughout most of it, and that served to remind me that however simplistic and clichéd this film was, it still had me in its grip.
Conclusion: Need For Speed was a fun silly car chase movie for me. It may be one of those that’s more enjoyable at home than theater because I didn’t have to trek out and pop down some money for a screening and could watch at my own leisure. This Blu-ray is perfection in terms of audio and video which may have just enhanced my enjoyment and appreciation for the film as my living room felt like I was in the driver’s seat of the Mustang.
Conclusion: As an homage to classic car chase movies, 'Need For Speed' is an exhilarating ride that traded CGI for real-world stunts, an effect that pays off in authenticity. However, an overloaded first act and distant character choices in the last two thirds of the movie might make it more challenging to enjoy for those not in the car nut demographic. As a Blu-ray, 'NFS' delivers gorgeous HD video, a highly articulate sound mix, and a nice collection of special features.