In the struggle to overcome the legendary curse that makes films adapted from video games turn out a bit shonky, Need For Speed boasts enough fast car action to make Dominic Toretto grin and Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul. Naturally, then, both feature on the new poster.
It’s a shame that this falls into the old cliché of the blue / orange colour concept, especially since so many action movies pick that scheme. And the car vs. chopper thing also feels like something we’ve seen many times before. Still, the silhouette look is not unstylish.
As for the film itself, Need For Speed sees Paul as Tobey Marshall, a street racer who goes into business with rich, arrogant car supplier pal Dino (Dominic Cooper), only to find himself framed when another friend dies during a race. Sent to jail, Marshall wants revenge and, once released, signs on for a cross-country race for a chance to strike back.
Dino learns about the scheme and puts a bounty on his head, forcing Tobey to go up against various illegal drivers in powerful vehicles. Michael Keaton is the reclusive, oddball host of the event, who invites the best racers from around the world to compete. Also in the cast are Imogen Poots (as an exotic car dealer), Rami Malek, Kid Cudi, Ramon Rodriguez and Harrison Gilbertson. Need For Speed is out on March 14.