Saturday, March 22, 2014

Need For Speed

Rating : 6/10
Release Date : 21st March, 2014
Time : 132 minutes
Director : Scott Waugh; Writer : George and John Gatins; Music : Nathan Furst
Starring : Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi, Rami Malek, Ramon Rogriguez, Harrison Gilbertson, Dakota Johnson, Michael Keaton

You can write the entire story after watching about 10 minutes of the film. There are no surprises. There are, though, lots of fancy cars, lots of racing, fast, slick action that keeps you occupied in a cheerful ‘we are what we are’ kind of movie that stays true to its essence through its entire length

It has a good guy, Aaron, classic, strong silent type, who leads a great mechanic crew (Scott, Rami, Ramon and Harrison) and is a super racer himself but is down on his luck and looking for a break. It has the sinister villain, Dominic, who looks right from frame one, as if he’s searching for the right spot and moment to stab you in the back. And it has Imogen Poots, complete with an English accent, to provide the feminine side of things and a European flavor. Dakota provides the love triangle, the flashpoint causing the good guy and the bad guy to start competing with each other, with the finale being a ‘by invitation only’ race organized by an eccentric millionaire, Michael Keaton.

My son kept me regaled through the film on the finer aspects of the magnificent wheels on display…all fancy names, Lamborghini, McLaren, Maserati, Koenigseggs, modified Mustangs etc with most cars having a price tag upwards of seven digits. It has all the ingredients of a slick racing film and keeps the action going at a frenetic pace through the film.

Its apparently based on a very successful video game of the same name and reminded me why I don’t play video games. Don’t think I could take much more of this kind of stuff beyond the two hours or so of the film, enjoyable though it was...

1 comment:

Dan O. said...

Good review Apurv. As it is, it fails in every aspect of its execution, and it ends up being a waste of time.