Obviously the story is as straightforward as it getsóa racer down on his luck is pushed into a race for money, revenge and a girlóbut they manage to tweak it just enough so it doesnít feel like a cheap carbon copy of everything else. I think the main reason for this is Aaron Paul. Being a huge BREAKING BAD fan, I was more than happy to see him on the big screen. That said, I wish his breakout role wasnít in a video game flick, but those are the cards weíve been dealt. He makes it work though, and I liked his ragtag crew as well (who DO feel like theyíre trying to be Domís FF crew, but at least theyíre likeable. Still not sure about the nude scene though). Imogen Poots brings the same level of fun to this as she did to FRIGHT NIGHT, so I was cool with her as well.
NEED FOR SPEED is far more fun than I expected for a flick whose ending you can see long before the finish line. The villain is as predictable as they come, but again, this flick uses a clever smokescreen by way of Michael Keaton to take our minds off it. Keatonís character plays a vital role in all this and helps make the experience much more unique. Now some people slammed the idea of all the collateral damage left in the racingís wake, but I was cool with that too. We didnít see compound fractures or dead children here, just some bashed up vehicles for the most part. On that note, Iím not an officer of the law so I canít say for sure, though I canít help but think the police arenít sanctioned to just throw their unmanned cars into the road as battering rams to take out their suspects. I could be wrong, but that seemed a little excessive for street racing.
Capturing Speed: Making an Authentic Car Movie: A look at how they took some larger than life vehicles and racing scenes and make them look more realistic. Looked good to me.
Ties that Bind: Director Scott Waugh was formally a stuntman and uses his experience to help us understand the process as well as introduces the crew he uses to make the magic happen.
The Circus is in Town: More of a set of photos that the director guides us through as he talks about traveling the world with expensive race cars.
Monarch and Maverick Outtakes: A quick two minutes of outtakes between Scott Mescudi and Michael Keaton. Yo Keaton, you da bomb in this one baby!
Deleted Scenes: Five minutes guys, just leave them in. Theyíre not great, but not terrible either.
The Sound of Need For Speed: This was cool. They focus on how they ensure we hear all the right car sounds amidst all the other racket going on in the film. Cool bean.
B-Camera Crash Compilation: A look at one of the filmís hidden Easter eggs.
Previews: There are a few trailers as well as a Digital HD Copy of the film.