Need for Speed is nothing more than an attempt to cash in on the success of the Fast & Furious franchise, but it’s a competent blockbuster that develops its characters enough and provides some excellently shot action scenes. This is nothing more than commercial entertainment filled with young, talented actors in Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots. Oh, and Michael Keaton’s role as Monarch is delightfully campy and trashy as can be. He seems to understand that this is a film made for a certain audience who doesn’t appreciate strong plot developments and instead wants to hear insane rants about death races. I won’t give off the impression that Need for Speed is anything more than 130 minutes of cars racing and a remarkably convoluted plot. But I enjoyed it in all of its dumb, majestic glory.
Grade: ★★★ (out of 5)