Aaron Paul gets to break bad with high octane instead of meth in the first trailer for Need for Speed, the movie based on the video game.
Paul plays Tobey Marshall, a racer and a mechanic framed for a crime he didn't commit and who is hell bent on revenge when he is released from prison. So, expect a lot of grand theft auto, flashy cars, particularly mustangs, crashes, smashes and other intentional traffic mayhem.
The trailer is every gamers worst fear, great stunts mixed with even greater drama.
Paul emotes like Ryan Gosling on a bad Drive take (which also featured Paul's Breaking Bad cast mate Bryan Cranston) . There are plenty of behind-the-steering-wheel takes of cars racing, flipping over in fiery cartwheels, skidding out and just making way for Paul to get to the next level. Paul looking cool in shades, drives through it all with too much grim face determination and open mouth shock.
The trailer's use of Max Richter's "Sarajevo" gives a nice bit of elegiac juice to all the slow-motion cars and debris floating about. It's a small compensation for having to listen to the over-ripe voice over narration, recited by Paul with that voice that has a hint of Michael Douglas in it.
The timing for the trailer couldn't be better, coming right on the final episode of Breaking Bad and the opening of Ron Howard's formula one drama, Rush.
Need for Speed opens March 14. It’s directed by Scott Waugh, whose film Act of Valor was a surprise hit last year.
Need for Speed also stars Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi, Ramon Rodriguez, Michael Keaton, Rami Malek, Dakota Johnson and Harrison Gilbertson.
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