A song scabs over the penultimate scene of Need For Speed (or Braking Bad) before it hits you that it’s actually a truly dreadful cover of Dylan’s ‘All Along The Watchtower’. This mangled arrangement captures the film entirely: something you’ve seen at least a dozen times before, except this time it’s worse.
Cliché shunts into cliché as audiences are left choking on exhaust fumes and gagging on a terrible script that seems to think it’s an Oscar contender.
Neither fast nor furious, Need For Speed isn’t a car crash. It’s a $66 million pile-up, with no survivors.
Need For Speed’s engine gasps when it should be roaring. Aaron Paul, a remarkable actor, made his name on one of the best television shows of all time. This dross is, frankly, beneath him.
CAST: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton, Dakota Johnson, Rami Malek
DIRECTOR: Scott Waugh
WRITERS: George Gatins
SYNOPSIS: 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.