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Need for Speed: Is It Worth Your Money?

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Aaron Paul has broken bad; now he’s breaking expensive cars! Need for Speed

Directed by:

Scott Waugh

Starring:

Aaron Paul
Dominic Cooper
Kid Cudi
Imogen Poots
Ramón Rodríguez
Michael Keaton

Whether or not Need for Speed is worth your money is irrelevant. At least to the people who made this film. Teenage boys are already lining up around the block, with their lawn mowing money burning holes in their pockets. Sweaty palms and white knuckles, just aching to see the dumb stunts they’re going to “effortlessly” try and recreate on the way home from the theater. Honestly, Need for Speed will be successful regardless of my review. The real question (for the adults) is whether it was really that bad?

The honest answer is no. The movie was fairly entertaining for what it was. A fun action movie with practical (not CGI) stunts. The drama is a little corny, but were you really expecting The Great Gatsby? I mean, you can only expect so much from a video game adaption. So everyone has been asking me how it compares to The Fast and the Furious. Which I guess is fair, but this movie is more akin to Vanishing Point, Bullet, and Dirty Mary Crazy Larry. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying by any means this movie will be a cult classic like those films, but Need for Speed is just so much more than The Fast and the Furious ever was.

So when it comes down to whether or not Need for Speed is worth your money, it’s simple. I’d wait to rent it on DVD. If you want to have an evening at the theaters then that is fine, but realistically it’s OK to wait.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 10

I sat down with director Scott Waugh, and star Aaron Paul to talk about this movie. Check out the interview here.

For another opinion of this movie check out Kyle’s review of it here.

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