Gavin Miller previews Not for Speed
It will have to go some way to compete with the Fast and Furious series, but this movie – based on the EA video game franchise – aims to at least capitalise on cinema-goers’ fascination with burning rubber.
Aaron Paul (from uber-successful US TV series Breaking Bad) takes the lead as a streetracer who was framed for manslaughter by a wealthy businessman (rising British star Dominic Cooper) in an unsanctioned race.
After being released from jail, he then races his foe in a near-impossible cross-country race, as he looks to revenge his false incarceration in this high-octane actioner.
British actress Imogen Poots (Filth and 28 Weeks Later) and Batman himself Michael Keaton are co-stars.
Early reviews sadly don’t quite put it in the same league as the Fast series, but its impressive race scenes are meant to be spectacular – even if the acting and plot could do with some fine-tuning.