Need for Speed – film review

Aaron Paul is braking bad in this stunt-filled video-game-inspired racing romp

Need for Speed, a video-game-based 3D romp about “underground racing”, tells you how to get from point A to point B the most colourful way: by reverse-smashing through all the other letters of the alphabet first, as it were, before sneaking up on B from the least expected direction, the front.

Aaron Paul, star of TV’s Breaking Bad, is clever lead casting, so edgy and smouldering he should really be the baddie. He goes tyre to tyre across the US with malevolent rival Dominic Cooper. The stunt work is bravura. Michael Keaton excels as a motor-mouthed media commentator eloquently outraged by the interference of highway patrolmen: “Racers should race, cops should eat donuts.” Girl interest Imogen Poots, smart and funny, wields her British accent like a sex toy.

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