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English film review
Film: Need for Speed(3D)
Cast: Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi, Michael Keaton, Ramon Rodríguez, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson
Director: Scott Waugh
Rating: * * ½
Time: 130 min.
Synopsis:A mechanic who moonlights as an underground race-car driverstrives to take the top prize in America's most prominent street race in order to have his revenge against the ambitious ex-NASCAR champ who had him framed and sent to prison. Inspired by the popular video-game franchise of the same name, Need for Speed tells the story of garage owner Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul). Desperate to keep his family-owned business afloat, Marshall forms an uncomfortable partnership with wealthy ex-NASCAR star Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). That partnership falls apart when a lucrative sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poots) fails to pan out, and unscrupulous Brewster uses a tragic street-racing mishap to have the innocent Marshall incarcerated. Released from prison two years later, the vengeful Marshall plots to prove his mettle by winning the De Leon -- an illicit race showcasing the country's top underground talents. But getting to the De Leon will be no simple task, because not only has the ruthless Brewster put a bounty on Marshall's prized car, but the police are hot on his trail during the white-knuckle, coast-to-coast dash. Fortunately for Marshall, his loyal crew and Bonet are willing to help him get to the starting line in time for the big race.
This movie of course(and it’s obvious) takes after the Fast and Furious franchise and has little to call it’s own. In fact this could well be a sub-genre in the making. However there’s not much different that this movie can do. And what it does looks very much like an overcompensation for something missing.
The plot tries to fuse the vebgeance plotline of ‘Drive; alongside car racing machinations. But it comes across as less than compelling , save for the gimmicks-VGI and stunts. The 3D also cannot compensate for the scripts lack of drive!
The characters lack mystery, the plotting is a mishmash of borrowed ideas and the performances –severely lacking in gravitas. So whats in it for you? …a superficial adrenaline rush that lasts as long as the cars race.