‘Need for Speed’ Threatens to Stall Aaron Paul’s Film Career
Published: March 12, 2014
Even worse, the movie switches focus mid-stream to turn its attention to the burgeoning romance between Tobey and Julia. In doing so, it backfires and slips into a tailspin from which it can’t recover. While actors like Scott Mescudi (aka rapper Kid Cudi) and Rami Malek successfully provide some comic relief, their roles are so marginal that they don’t contribute much to the film. Mescudi gets the most laughs as Benny, a pilot who often flies above the race routes so he can relay important information regarding traffic jams and police roadblocks. The film could have used more of his antics, even though they sometimes seemed forced (“You should call me Maverick,” he says at one point).
Let’s hope Paul—who has several films slated to come out before the year ends—had some better scripts than this from which to choose. Otherwise, the transition to the silver screen is going to be one rough ride.
Need for Speed
Dir. Scott Waugh; Writ. George Gatins; Feat. Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi (PG-13)
Opens March 14