Need for Speed

need for speed

DIRECTOR: Scott Waugh CAST: Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Scott Mescudi, Rami Malek, Ramon Rodriguez, Dakota Johnson, Harrison Gilbertson, Michael Keaton

RATING – 4.9 out of 10

  • Acting – 6 out of 10
    • Oh you know, these action movies aren’t meant to have good acting. And really the only good performance in this film is from Aaron Paul. And thank god for that. There’s nothing I hate more, even with an action flick, than a terrible lead.
  • Writing/Dialogue – 6 out of 10
    • Cheesy? Yes. Corny? Yes. Over-the-top? Absolutely. It’s just what you’d expect from an action movie about illegal street racing!
  • Diversity – 3 out of 10
    • Join a blond-ish white guy as he teams up with a blonde white chick to avenge his dead white friend, also blond, against an evil white guy. And for comic relief, we’ve got a black guy, an Arabic guy, and a Hispanic guy, all of whom have less lines and screen time than the omniscient old white guy who starts narrating halfway through…
  • Visual Effects – 6 out of 10
    • Not bad. A little video-gamey, but that’s to be expected since it’s based off of a video game.
  • Cinematography & Art Direction – 5 out of 10
    • Meh.
  • Costumes – 5 out of 10
    • Are pleather jackets and turtle necks still a thing? Were they ever a thing? I’m looking at you, Dominic Cooper.
  • Plot/Story – 5 out of 10
    • Action racing movies have always been exceptionally cliché and a bit far-fetched. That’s one of the things that makes them so much fun. But this one pushed the dubiousness to a whole other level. And not even really with what the main character was doing, but what one of his cohorts was doing. While Tobey (Aaron Paul) sped down the freeway at felonious speeds to make it from New York to California in 47 hours (let that sink in for a moment); one of his partners-in-crime, Benny (Scott Mescudi), flew overhead in a tiny plane to keep a lookout for any cops. While in the city though, Benny borrows a helicopter to fly around. But then things get really absurd when suddenly Benny comes soaring down from the heavens in a military helicopter (because he has connections with an Army major, obviously).
    • This is no Fast & Furious.
  • Musical Score & Sound Editing – 6 out of 10
    • The dialogue was really quiet.
  • Time – 6 out of 10
    • This wasn’t as fun as other racing movies were. For that, it made it go a little long.
  • Grandiosity vs. Humility – 1 out of 10
    • I mean… really…

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