Need for Speed

You can take the Jesse Pinkman out of Breaking Bad, but you can’t take the Breaking Bad out of Jesse Pinkman. Aaron Paul is now starring in the adaptation (from director Scott Waugh) of those Need for Speed video games where you would just try to run your opponent off the road, as a (what else?) mechanic and badass streetracer who was framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Now released from prison after serving time for his false conviction, Paul is hellbent on finding the man who put him there and getting his sweet, sweet revenge.

As expected, the trailer is a whole lot of engine revving and cross-country racing to find that sonofabitch who put Paul behind bars (what did he do?), as well as the obligatory exploding police cruiser or two. But it’s also surprisingly poignant? Paul delivers a gospel-like monologue over the trailer that is almost hypnotic. It’s borderline silly, yes, when you snap out of it and remember that this is the trailer for Need for Speed and not something Important. But who’s to say that this video game adaptation, with its orchestral score and grave warnings of revenge, isn’t some masterpiece?

Or maybe they’re just in on the joke. Check out the trailer here:

Need for Speed is in theaters March 14, 2014.


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