For those that don't know, or indeed don't care, "Need For Speed" is the most successful racing video game series in the world, and one of the most
successful video game franchises of all time. What it involves is various super cars, racing through the streets and normally against the flow of traffic.
Tobey Marshall, ("Breaking Bad's" Aaron Paul) is a hot-shot driver and mechanic who has a hatred for rich Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). The two
get involved in a deal to restore a car that's worth millions of dollars. After the car has been restored the two set up a street-race, the winner
taking all the money that's been made from selling the car. During the race tragedy strikes when Marshall's best friend, who is also racing, is
killed in an accident that was caused by Brewster. Marshall is blamed for the accident and he ends up behind bars. Two years later he is released
from prison and vows revenge. In order to bring Dino Brewster out of hiding with the intention of uncovering evidence that he was involved in the
initial race and responsible for the death of his friend he takes on Brewster in a race hosted by millionaire Monarch (Michael Keaton). Julia
Maddon (Imogen Poots), who represents the owner of the super expensive car that Marshall is racing in ends up joining Marshall as his "co-pilot".
Finding out that they are racing Dino puts a bounty on Julia and Tobey's heads.
Unfortunately the cast play second fiddle to the cars and not one of them come out of this with much credit. The cars on show have more personality
and charisma than a one dimensional Aaron Paul and Michael Keaton in what could be his worst and most annoying role ever looks as he's been cut
into the film at random points with no thought for the story. Saying that I would imagine that anyone going to see this won't be going to see it
for the acting or the storyline. Need For Speed has always been about car chases and if that's what your after then I'm sure you'll love it.