This morning the first trailer for Need For Speed hit the web. It’s an adaptation of Electronic Art’s long-running video game series of the same name – the most successful racing game franchise of all-time. Jimmy and I did an Instant Trailer Review for the trailer which you can see below.
Plot Synopsis (courtesy of IMDb):
“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.”
The film stars Aaron Paul (of Breaking Bad fame), Dakota Johnson, Dominic Cooper, Michael Keaton and Rami Malek. It’s a surprisingly effective trailer of sleek cars and mean men all set to a soliloquy from Paul (basically about how he was wronged and will exact his revenge) with Michael Richter’s “Sarajevo” classing up the joint. The film looks to take itself very seriously which I can certainly get onboard and have fun with. Fast and Furious and Drive are clear cinematic influences on Need for Speed in addition to it’s video game counterpart. I’ve only played some of the series (last year’s Most Wanted was truly impressive) but the kinetic chaos of the chase and visceral climax of the crash appear to be fully intact for this adaptation. This is the second feature film from Scott Waugh who previously delivered Act of Valor in 2012.
Will you be racing to theaters on March 14th, 2014 to see Need For Speed or does it look like something you’d rather pass you by? Let us know in the comments below.