This is a good film and a good film adapted from a videogame. It ticked all the boxes of the best selling game series. Awesome cars, great races, loud noises, fantastic crashes and superb out of this world action sequences. Koenigsegg, McLaren, Lamborghini, and Bugatti are all there.
Most of the critics deplored the acting. For me, the acting was not bad. It was definitely not as horrible as Resident Evil, Doom, Max Payne or Tomb Raider. Aaron Paul made me believe that he is this laid back guy, great a building cars, and good at the wheel. His friends were funny, unique and interesting. Imogen Poots really finally convinced me that young British girls are hot when they are snobbish and arrogant. There were no cheesy moment. There were no "Oh my god, that was so bad" scenes. Come on, how could it be worst than the cringe worthy crap of Doom or Max Payne? The actors in Need for Speed were more than adequate and sufficient to move the film along.
What actually got me were the cars. It was amazing when thee were actually crashing, and real cars were actually there on film. Unlike other movies, all the cars here were real and not CGI. The realism made is so much more Need for Speed-ish.
Although, I have to admit that sometimes I felt scared for the actors. I was shocked by the vehicular mayhem. The cars were destroyed on screen like it was the end of the world. Cars were flipping, exploding and just getting eviscerated on screen. Especially the cop car vs Bugatti sequence. That was incredible.
In the beginning of the film, seeing a Koenigsegg Agera R flying, flipping, plow through a light pole and jump over a bridge was stunningly exhilarating. I wanted to watch it over and over again. It was that good!
But, sadly, Rotten Tomatoes has it at 33% now. It made almost no money at the box office in the US over the weekend. So, I am not sure what will happen to the film franchise or will it even be a franchise. Which kinda sucks because I loved the film and would love to see more of the Need for Speed world.
I want Dreamworks to make more of Need for Speed films. More Aaron Paul, more hot girls, and more awesome cars.
Bottom line, go watch this film and get pumped up to race cars.