If you were expecting lots of vehicular mayhem in the first trailer for “Act of Valor” director Scott Waugh’s “Need for Speed”, based on the bestselling series of videogames, then well, you came to the right place. Check out the first teaser trailer for the film, which is all about the fast and furious world of racing, crime, and racing crime. Or crime racing. One of those.
Nothing you haven’t seen before, and the revenge plot is old hat. I’m also not a big fan of the “video” aesthetics of the film. Hopefully that’s just something in the trailer and not the entire movie. I really don’t want to pay money to see something that looks like it could be shown on my network TV for free, but maybe that’s just me.
The story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country race against time—one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. In a last attempt to save his struggling garage, blue-collar mechanic Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul)—who with his team skillfully builds and races muscle cars on the side—reluctantly partners with wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). Just as a major sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save the business, a disastrous, unsanctioned race results in Dino framing Tobey for manslaughter. Two years later and fresh out of prison, Tobey is set on revenge with plans to take down Dino in the high-stakes De Leon race—the Super Bowl of underground racing. To get there in time, Tobey must run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet, dodging cops coast-to-coast and dealing with fallout from a dangerous bounty Dino put on his car. With his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia as allies, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.
Starring Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi, Ramon Rodriguez, Michael Keaton, Rami Malek, Dakota Johnson, and Harrison Gilbertson.
Get your need for speed on next year March 14, 2014.