BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Need For Speed Reviews
By Drax Largo on March 14th, 2014
It’s like watching someone ELSE play a video game for more than two hours. That gets old real fast.
Need For Speed fails spectacularly on so many levels, it almost begs you to bring back the hyperactive, overacting Nicolas Cage for Drive Angry 2. Almost.
This is a film you want to see for the racing, and in that sense it doesn’t disappoint.
It’s not particularly smart or original, but car lovers and films fans that are willing to switch off their brains should find Need for Speed offers an amusing ride.
Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed is a loud and proud B-movie. It’s ridiculous, and it’s also more fun than you might expect.
Even though Need for Speed manages to entertain in some of its best moments, the final product is just too bloated and inept to work.
The characterisation and plotting are as crude as the car chases are slick.
Need for Speed is car porn. And just like with adult films, its B-movie plot and clumsy dialogue only get in the way of what everyone wants to see: dangerous high-speed racing and violent crashes.
Given [Aaron] Paul’s established knack for comedy, it’s a little odd that he’s consigned to the role of humorless brooder […] but given Need For Speed’s oft-shaky grasp of comedy, he’s probably better off in grip-it-and-rip-it mode.
What exactly is wrong with this film from stuntman-turned-director Scott Waugh? Stock characters? They’re driving stock cars, for Pete’s sake! Whaddayawant?
Nothing in Need for Speed makes a lick of sense: the geography is off, the story daft, the cliches plentiful.
I can say with confidence that Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed is perhaps the best live-action video game movie made to date. It’s still not very good.
Even though the movie is a fairly routine popcorn entertainment with typical twists, romances, heroes and villains, it feels old-fashioned, organic, and exciting. It’s based on a video game, but you’d never know it.
Stictly for those who don’t mind paying to watch a 2 hour Mustang commercial in 3D.
This is all about speed and well-done dangerous dashes and spectacular crashes. They’re fun. Unfortunately, at 130-minutes Need for Speed is everything but speedy.
The downside to the rest of the movie being such a hot mess is that as jaw-dropping as it is, it’s impossible to care about all of the automotive carnage.
As both a racing movie and a video game adaptation, this is a missed opportunity.
Waugh stages the action reasonably well, although none bristle with the vigor and intensity of better recent car chases in ‘Drive’ and ‘Jack Reacher.’