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REVIEW: Need for Speed

REVIEW: Need for Speed

Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) plays Tobey Marshall is a rural Mt. Kisco, New York mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit.  His family-owned garage in on the verge of foreclosure and he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper) who stole his girlfriend a decade ago. But just as a major sale to car broker Julia Maddon (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 sends Tobey to prison while Dino pockets all the money.

A couple of 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 hosted by the mysterious "Monarch" (played very well by Michael Keaton, though you won't recognize him)..

To get to qualify for the race in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as dealing with with a dangerous bounty Dino has put on him to keep him out of the race.

 

The movie is way better than expected for a video game to movie plot.  This has all the action, revenge, a minor love story and beating the odds all in one.  The 3-D is usual DreamWorks high quality so it's worth the extra.  I like Aaron Paul's performance a lot, he really proved he could carry a big screen film as well as he did with TV.  I took two 10 year olds my daughter Cayley and her (first date? A little young I'd say) friend Drew and they both loved it.  Not too violent and risqué at all for a PG-13.

3 stars

 

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