THE PLOT THUS FAR
Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Need for Speed” was what I expected. A limp adaptation of a video game that never knew what it wanted to be in between installments. While I do admit that I like a few iteration of the game, most of that charm came from the interactive element. When you eliminate that one appeal and force a bunch of actors to work against a contrived setup, the end result is disappointment. So, what is to come of this? Naturally, a headache for the ages.
The only racing movies to ever catch my interest are things that I can name on one hand. Rush, Senna, Grand Prix, Le Mans and The Cannonball Run. While it might seem that I’m an F1 fan that loves to watch Dom DeLuise and Burt Reynolds hang out, I do this to frame my view of the film. This film is a look into the future when “The Fast and the Furious” finally becomes too highbrow and the children demand a dumbed down version of that. That’s not to say that the talent involved were trying to make a limp movie. It’s just that you can only do so much with a franchise that has no idea what it wants to be.
I know that a generous portion of AV Nation readers will push this film up the charts at the box office. Pretty girls, fast cars and a vague ethnic appeal always seems to get you out of your gated communities and into the multiplex. All I have to say is that, you should know what’s coming. If you still sign up for the ride and fumble your way through a viewing, then you’re part of the problem. Supporting schlock like this keeps further and further away from better projects. Plus, it means that poor Aaron Paul still has a few more years of people screaming “SCIENCE, BITCH” at him.
The Blu-Ray comes with a Digital HD copy, deleted scenes, featurettes and a commentary as the special features. The A/V Quality is about what you would expect. The DTS-HD 7.1 master audio track provides real speed thrills through all of the car chases. Plus, the 1080p transfer is impeccable. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 08/05/2014