Dreamworks has released a new trailer and images for director Scott Waugh’s upcoming video game adaptation Need for Speed. The film follows a blue-collar mechanic (Aaron Paul), who was framed for manslaughter by a former business associate (Dominic Cooper) and joins a high-stakes cross country race as a means of achieving revenge.
Kudos to Aaron Paul for parlaying his role on Breaking Bad into potentially a legit action franchise. There does seem to be a lot of Jesse Pinkman in his Need for Speed character (sub-out superstar Meth cook for superstar driver). The character motivations don’t seem like a large departure which is a good thing as he tries to transition away from TV star into big-screen leading man.
The trailer checks off a lot of boxes revenge, humor and great car sequences. Its too bad they put the helicopter sequence in the trailer cause that would have been a fun surprise. I’ve always thought modern car movies work best if they are glorified westerns and this adds up.
The supporting cast includes Imogen Poots, Kid Cudi, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson, Dakota Johnson, and Michael Keaton.
DreamWorks Pictures’ “Need for Speed” marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when the authenticity of the world brought a new level of intensity to the action on-screen. Tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing, the story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, “Need for Speed” captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting, while bringing to life the passion for the road that has made our love of cars so timeless.
The film centers around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). But just as a major sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save Tobey’s shop, a disastrous race allows Dino to frame Tobey for a crime he didn’t commit, and sending Tobey to prison while Dino expands his business out west.
Two years later, Tobey is released and set on revenge — but he knows his only chance to take down his rival Dino is to defeat him in the high-stakes race known as De Leon — the Super Bowl of underground racing. However to get there in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as contending with a dangerous bounty Dino has put out on his car. With the help of his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.