There are a number of gorgeous, over-the-top action film sequels are hitting theatres of late.
300: Rise of an Empire and Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier are out now and The Amazing Spider-man 2 will be slinging across screens in a couple of weeks.
It’s nice to finally see an original film series in the genre.
Granted, Need for Speed isn’t exactly original material; it’s a film based on a decades-old video game series.
Need for Speed, the video game series, is all about driving beautiful, exotic cars absurdly fast.
Plot in these games, if there is any at all, provides a flimsy thread to explain why the player is driving beautiful, exotic cars absurdly fast.
That leaves a whole lot of poetic license for George Gatins’ first crack at writing a screenplay.
Yet with all that freedom, Gatins has done a magnificent job of sticking to the source material.
Need for Speed is a movie about a group of people driving beautiful, often exotic cars absurdly fast.
The race sequences are long and elaborate and do not disappoint.
Where Need for Speed falls short is in the plot.
What should be a flimsy thread to justify driving beautiful cars absurdly fast is often a little too robust.
This is the kind of film where story should be at a bare minimum; only used to transition from one race sequence to the next.
What Gatins has written drags just a little too long in getting from one finish line to the next start.
What’s worse is when the plot blends with the action in the final race along the Californian back roads.
The race starts well enough but the need to wrap up that slightly-too-robust thread starts to wind its way into the action leaving the climactic sequence a muddy, clichéd mess.
All complaints of plot aside, this is a movie that is all about the cars.
The replicas of Bugatti, MacLaren and Koenigsegg ultracars are spot on.
The numerous crashes that explain why the multi-million dollar originals weren’t used are spectacular; made more so by the knowledge that CGI was kept to a bare minimum.
In the end, for the average moviegoer seeking a turn-your-brain-off action movie, Need for Speed is a solid ticket.
For gearheads, it is a must-buy.