Need for Speed (PG-13)
Action/Adventure 130 March 14, 2014
At night, the entire town heads to the drive-in to watch Steve McQueen's Bullitt before powering up for dangerous drag races through the apocalypse-empty streets. During a race, Tobey drives the wrong way on a highway, causes several bystander wrecks, and watches his friend's car flip over 12 times, tumble over a bridge, and burst into flames.
Not to be a killjoy, but if filmmakers are going to embed pixel mayhem in the photo-real world, then they're inviting us to ask if this shit is sociopathic. Regardless, we're meant to root for Tobey to avenge his sidekick's death by doing even more of what got him killed. Paul has proven himself talented at one specific character, an antic man-child who bleeds his soul on the screen. He's trying to prove his range, which in the Era of Gosling means frowning, crinkling his eyebrows, and glaring over his shoulder. Occasionally, he pants. The bigger waste is ingenue Imogen Poots as The Babe Who Likes Cars.