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Need For Speed Blu-ray Review

Need For Speed Blu-ray

“Need For Speed” is in need of character.

Based on the video game franchise of the same name, “Need for Speed” revolves around an auto mechanic/street racer (Tobey Marshall) who is framed for the murder of his pal (Pete) in an illegal street race by the rich, selfish, villainous racer Dino (who is the person responsible for Pete’s death). After spending 2 years in jail for the crime he didn’t commit, Tobey vows to get revenge on Dino by beating him in the prestigious underground De Leon race.  First, however, he has to get in the RACE and make a cross country road trip to the racing location in San Francisco with his trusted auto mechanic crew and a car dealer (Julia). Alas, this trip is easier said than done as he has to outrun cops and bounty hunters. Can Tobey get even or will his quest be short lived?

There’s no question that Aaron Paul is a hell of an actor. You only need look at his award winning work in “Breaking Bad” to see that. Unfortunately, a video game movie trying to ride the coattails of the “Fast and Furious” franchise proves not to be the best career move for the talented actor. Simply put, Paul is wasted in this bloated adrenaline pumping action spectacle that runs an absurdly long 130 minutes. Yes, the races and stunts are impressive (and refreshingly CGI free), but that’s all the movie has to offer. The film (which should be 90 minutes tops) is full of predictable moments, clichéd dramatic beats, video game esque action, tiresome car races, and cringe worthy humor (see the pointless Finn nude scene). The most egregious error though is the film’s severe lack of likable characters. The film spends an obscene amount of time setting up these characters and yet you never care about them at all because they’re a bunch of grating, self-important punks or law breaking idiots.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? This Blu-ray disc contains a crystal clear transfer for “Need For Speed.”

Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This is hands down one of the best audio tracks I have heard as of late. From the engine roars to the car crashes, track certainly puts your home audio system to work.

Extras:
* Digital HD copy.
* Outtakes of Scott Mescudi and Michael Keaton.
* 4 deleted scenes.
* A “Need For Speed Rivals” trailer.
* “The Sound of Need For Speed”- A featurette on the sound f/x, car sound recordings, and the score.
* “Capturing Speed: Making An Authentic Car Movie” contains behind-the-scenes footage, cast and crew interviews, and discussions about how certain car action scenes were done.
* “Ties That Bind”- A 12 minute featurette on the Gilbert stunt team family.
* “The Circus Is In Town”- A piece on the cross country film shoot.
* A commentary track by director Scott Waugh and actor Aaron Paul. While I may not like the film, I admire Waugh’s passion for the project. As for Aaron Paul, he livens up the track with some humor and banter.

Overall Thoughts: Car junkies might want to give “Need for Speed” a spin, but aside from that, this overlong bore is better left unseen.

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August 17, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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