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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Aaron Paul Finds Shakespeare in Race Car Driving: Watch the New Trailer for NEED FOR SPEED

It's hard to watch the trailer for Aaron Paul's new film, NEED FOR SPEED, without thinking Where's Jesse Pinkman going in such a hurry? As we brace ourselves for the series finale of "Breaking Bad" on Sunday, the actor stars in Actor of Valor director Scott Waugh's new film about revenge in the world of race car driving.

The new trailer was released earlier today, which gives you a very Fast & Furious vibe, underscored with a Shakespearean narration by Paul ("I did not fear, for you are with me"). Seriously, no one has talked like that since the year 1697. Even the music is a bit operatic. Regardless, it's Aaron Paul driving cars really fast and getting all up in his feelings about it. More on the film after the jump:

Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, DreamWorks Pictures’ “Need for Speed” captures the thrills of the game in a real-world setting. An exciting return to the great car-culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when authenticity brought a new level of intensity to the action, “Need for Speed” taps into what makes the American myth of the open road so enticing.

The story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country race against time—one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. In a last attempt to save his struggling garage, blue-collar mechanic Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul)—who with his team skillfully builds and races muscle cars on the side—reluctantly partners with wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). Just as a major sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save the business, a disastrous, unsanctioned race results in Dino framing Tobey for manslaughter.

Two years later and fresh out of prison, Tobey is set on revenge with plans to take down Dino in the high-stakes De Leon race—the Super Bowl of underground racing. To get there in time, Tobey must run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet, dodging cops coast-to-coast and dealing with fallout from a dangerous bounty Dino put on his car. With his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia as allies, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.

Audiences definitely love watching race car dramas, so I reckon this will do just fine at the box office. The film was written by George and John Gantins (the latter who wrote last year's Flight). The great Michael Keaton also appears in the film, though by the looks of the synopsis he may not have a pivotal role (real shame). I'm so-so on the trailer (maybe I'm still smelling the stench of Rush), but I'm here for Aaron Paul, so let's go.

NEED FOR SPEED races to theaters March 14. 


Daniel said...

Next to most sports movies, car films are near the bottom on my list of film genres. This looks OK and the film has a solid cast but it's based on a racing video game which is a major red flag for me...

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