Need for Speed
NEED FOR SPEED (12)
D: Scott Waugh
Dreamworks/Touchstone/Reliance/EA (Patrick O'Brien, Mark Sourian & John Gatins)
W: George Gatins & John Gatins [based on the interactive game by Electronic Arts]
DP: Shane Hurlbut
Ed: Paul Rubell & Scott Waugh
Mus: Nathan Furst
Aaron Paul (Tobey Marshall), Dominic Cooper (Dino Brewster), Scott Mescudi (Sgt. Benny Jackson), Imogen Poots (Julia Madden), Ramon Rodriguez (Joe Peck), Michael Keaton (Monarch)
Aaron Paul, best known for his award-winning role as Jesse Pinkman in TV's Breaking Bad, gets a big screen outing as the lead in this video game adaptation/carbon copy of The Fast & The Furious.
Framed for a crime he didn't commit, he figures the best chance of revenge is to win a drag race over his fiercest rival and even has a bit of time to romance some posh British totty, Imogen Poots.
If the plot sounds like it was written on the back of a postage stamp, that's because it probably was. The dialogue isn't much better and the cardboard characters are all throwaway.
The main target audience won't mind these flaws since the film is what it is, fast car porn and chewing gum for the eyes. I personally want a bit more bang for my buck, and though he didn't impress in this, there is a breakthrough role waiting for the wings for Aaron Paul.
As for Imogen Poots, she seems completely unconvincing as an English woman, despite the fact that she's actually English.