In case you hadn’t heard, Aaron Paul is my current celebrity crush (no, really…I even wrote about how I needed an Aaron Paul fix). So, when I heard about Need for Speed, I was pretty pumped. Since, ya know, Aaron Paul is getting top billing.
There are other people in the movie, I think…but, let’s be honest. There are some of us who are just looking for Aaron Paul, plain and simple. (Yes, I’m one of them.) In DreamWorks Pictures’ Need for Speed movie, is an exciting return to the great car culture films of the ’60s 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 movie chronicles a next-to-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. (Seems to be a theme for Aaron Paul, but I digress…) 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.
Need for Speed 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 (played by 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 sends Tobey to prison.
Two years later, Tobey is released and set on revenge. Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging 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. Need for Speed hits theaters March 14, 2014.