A cross-country racer has a bounty on his head.
" "Need for Speed" is dumb and loud and sometimes technically impressive, which means that it is successful on its own terms. "
" Happily, director Scott Waugh comes out of the stunt world himself, and there's a refreshing emphasis on actual, theoretically dangerous stunt driving over digital absurdities. "
" This is a film you want to see for the racing, and in that sense it doesn't disappoint. "
" This is cinema reduced or distilled to its purest definition, of movies that move "
" You'd have to be a true carmudgeon (sorry) to want it to stop. "
" "Need for Speed" is like a great-looking roadster with a junky engine. "
" "Need For Speed" rides roughshod over morality. "
" Even the more jaw-dropping camera angles and shocking smash-ups start to feel redundant after director Scott Waugh revisits them for the third or fourth time. "
" Honestly, Aaron Paul, what were you thinking? "
" If you know your muscle cars and supercars and don't care too much about other people, the movie will be your bottle of Yahoo, so pardon the rest of us if we look on these self-absorbed camshaft brats and wish them a speedy flat tire. "
" In trying for the vicarious varoom of the street-racing video game that inspired it, and no doubt dreaming of "Fast" success, "Speed" clocks in at a long two-plus hours and falls painfully short. "
" It's like watching someone ELSE play a video game for more than two hours. That gets old real fast. "
" Keaton, riffing faster than a souped-up Agera ("Christmas came early, wing nuts!"), is clearly having a great time. That makes one of us. "
" Need For Speed fails spectacularly on so many levels, it almost begs you to bring back the hyperactive, overacting Nicolas Cage for Drive Angry 2. Almost. "
" Not to be a killjoy, but if filmmakers are going to embed pixel mayhem in the photo-real world, then they're inviting us to ask if this shit is sociopathic. "
" This movie is a complete bore. "
" Unfortunately there's not much of a sensibility beneath the pleasant surfaces; the movie is easy to enjoy, but just as easy to forget. "
" What to say about a racing movie that's stuck in idle as drama? For starters, don't race to see it... there's nothing to distract you from a plot so tired there are tire tracks from other racing movies all over it. "
" With dozens of crashes, injuries and possible deaths caused by the street racers in Need for Speed, what stands out most is the story's callous disregard for human life. "
" You wouldn't think a movie called Need For Speed would feel so slow. "
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