Monday, September 30, 2013

TRAILER ROUND-UP: NEED FOR SPEED



Last night during the Breaking Bad finale (my thoughts on that final episode coming soon) we were treated with the trailer for the upcoming vehicular action spectacular, Need For Speed, which debuted online earlier last week. It's an adaptation of Electronic Art's video game franchise of the same name, the most successful racing series of all-time at that.

Jimmy and I reviewed the trailer for MOVIECLIPS. He's a car guy and we're both gamers - we figured we were capable of tackling our first look at Need For Speed. Here's our Instant Trailer Review:


The film stars Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul (hence the decision to drop it when AMC's show was at its hottest), Dakota Johnson, Dominic Cooper, Michael Keaton and Rami Malek. It’s a surprisingly effective trailer of sleek cars and mean men all set to a soliloquy from Paul about how he was wronged and will exact his revenge with Michael Richter’s “Sarajevo” classing up the joint. The film looks to take itself very seriously which I can certainly get onboard and have fun with. The Fast and Furious films and Drive are clear cinematic influences on Need for Speed in addition to it’s video game counterpart. I’ve only played some of the series (last year’s Most Wanted was truly impressive) but the kinetic chaos of the chase and visceral climax of the crash appear to be fully intact for this adaptation. This is the second feature film from Scott Waugh who previously delivered Act of Valor in 2012.

Will you be racing to theaters on March 14th, 2014 to see Need For Speed or does it look like something you’d rather pass you by? Let us know in the comments below.

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DISCLAIMER: Spoilers for ALL of Breaking Bad beyond this point!

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Upon watching Jesse's final scene in last night finale (namely him driving off and laughing after finally being freed of his imprisonment) I knew it was only a short matter of time until we got the Breaking Bad / Need For Speed mashup. The latter couldn't have planned on being a more serendipitous appearing sequel to Breaking Bad (even if they had known how Jesse's arc would be left). Sure enough, it only took until this morning to get the fan-made trailer for Jesse's Revenge, a rather well-made one at that.

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