Sunday, 23 March 2014

Film Review - Need For Speed


Speed Highs

Film: Need For Speed
Cast: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper
Directed by: Scott Waugh
Duration: 2 hrs 12 mins
Rating: * * 1 / 2

The title of the film borrowed from the popular video game, makes it amply clear as to who the target audience is. Those who like fast cars and racing even the plot thin will enjoy this ride, even though we have had enough that in the Fast and the Furious franchise. Those looking for a story and well developed characters, this is not quite the right film.

Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) is a street racer and going by his skills he can give the Formula 1 drivers a run for their money. He is cheated deceived by another racer, leading to an accident and he is even sent to prison. Once he is out of prison his aim is to participate in a race that is organized clandestinely by this rich man (Michael Keaton). In his endeavor, he gets considerable help from a British girl (Imogen Poots) who joins him on his adventure.

Apart from the race stunts and the car porn, there is nothing particular to harp about here. It is like a Rohit Shetty film, but in English of course. And the cars are much more expensive. Clocking over two hours, the length is also an issue – such kind of action flicks should be short, sweet and to the point. Nevertheless, those who have the need for speed, will have a good time but that doesn’t necessarily make it a good film.

Published in The Navhind Times on 23rd Mar 2014


  1. Got bored after about the first hour, and realized, there was a whole 'nother hour to go! Good review Sachin.

    1. Yes, there wasnt a great deal to harp about in the film. Thanks for your feedback.