Need for Speed (2014)


Summary: When his friend is killed in a car accident in an illegal street race, an innocent racer is framed for his death.  When he gets out of prison, he breaks his parole and sets out to prove his innocence by racing the man who actually killed his friend.  (Sounds a bit convoluted, but it somehow works.)

Thoughts: I normally wouldn’t go to the theater to see a car racing film; I don’t know anything about car racing.  My experiences are limited to the PlayStation game Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.  But I had a free film ticket that was about to expire, and there was pretty much nothing else of interest playing in the theater.  (I was not about to waste it on an Aronofsky film, and the only other option was a Wes Anderson film, whose bland boring camera angles are not something I want to see on a big screen.)  So Need for Speed it was.  Overall, it’s a pretty standard action flick.  It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t amazing either.  I suppose if I was more interested in cars and/or racing, I might’ve been a bit more interested.  The overall plot was a bit forced, since they had to create a way for a character to engage in illegal street racing with a noble purpose.  But I can’t fault them too much for it; I don’t think I could’ve done much better.  Good popcorn movie, but don’t expect to be blown away by it, unless you just love cars and illegal street racing (in video game form at least).

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