Well, I suppose another “Fast and Furious” franchise only with hotter cars and no Vin Diesel can’t be all that bad. Or can it? I’m on the fence after watching the first trailer for DreamWorks’ upcoming Need for Speed. Based on the wildly popular Electronic Arts video game, it stars Aaron Paul (of “Breaking Bad” fame) as Tobey Marshall, a mechanic/racer intent on gaining revenge after taking the rap for a trumped up manslaughter charge. This preposterous story (even though it seems they’re taking it very, very seriously) is only an excuse for what really matters though: The cars. There’s plenty of beauties to be found crammed within the 90 second trailer paired with some first-class car handling skills and explosions. Still, it looks utterly generic to me. Check it out to see if it sparks your need for speed . . .
Need for Speed stars Aaron Paul, Dakota Johnson, Michael Keaton, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Rami Malek and Kid Cudi.
Fresh from prison for a crime he didn’t commit, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.
Need for Speed races into US and UK theaters on March 14, 2014.