I know what you are thinking. Let’s all yawn about the fact that Hollywood has attempted (yet again) to make a feature film based on a popular and highly enjoyable gaming franchise. Even better, now that the whole world is going crazy for Vin Diesel and his gang of fast and furious racers, let’s see if we can make a quick buck out of the craze and release a movie based on a car racing game. Right? Right.
When will the Hollywood execs learn to leave well enough alone? Need For Speed is one of the most popular gaming franchises ever with its fans clamoring to get their hands on the new releases every year. So it doesn’t sound too farfetched to think that based on this, the movie would be a guaranteed blockbuster. But yet, unfortunately it did not pan out the way the movie execs were hoping. Lets get to the Need For Speed Blu-Ray Review
The movie, called Need For Speed (clever, I know) teams up Aaron Paul (he of Breaking Bad fame) with a host of other lesser known actors to tell us the story of Tobey Marshall (Paul), a racer and car mechanic whose best friend dies in an illegal drag race gone wrong. After Tobey gets framed for the murder of his friend, he gets sent to prison and he ends up spending two years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. After he gets released on parole, he sets off on a cross country race, all while trying to clear his name and to avenge the death of his friend at the hands of his arch rival Dino Brewster.
The one thing that movies like the Fast & Furious franchise gets right, is that they suck you into the life of the characters and you end up rooting for them, even though they are criminals and racers. That’s the one thing that Need For Speed never achieves throughout the movie. You never really care about what happens to Tobey or his hot girlfriend and you end up liking Michael Keaton, in his role of the eccentric and dead funny host of the underground car race, more than the hero of the movie. Sure there are breathtaking scenes of cars racing and all sorts of awesome tech and tricks throughout the movie but I’ve become spoiled by the F&F franchise; nowadays I prefer my racing movies to have a lot more heart and comedy than just having fast cars and sexy girls. While we’re on the subject of the racing scenes, all the scenes were computer generated which makes me feel like the producers cheated on us. The actors didn’t even have to learn all those driving skills, and in my book that plain sucks.
Need For Speed was written by the brothers George and John Gatins and was directed by Scott Waugh and is available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Blu-Ray 3D but even the highly forgiving Blu-Ray format couldn’t save this movie for me. The disk contains a couple of special features such as deleted scenes and a making-of featurette.
This is the trailer, in case you haven’t seen it yet.
Watch at your own risk, you have been warned.