Need for Speed helped me understand why I like the later Fast and Furious movies and not the first few. While I don’t necessarily have anything against car chases in movies, their purpose matters. If it’s a cop chasing a criminal, then reckless driving is in service of a greater good. If it’s a good guy trying to get away from bad guys, we’ll understand not obeying the speed limit and traffic signals. But street racing is selfish, and its callous nature of putting innocent people at risk for the gleeful joy of fame and glory is somewhat despicable depending on the tone. If your characters are going to be oblivious and self-indulgent, then the movie should follow suit. Unfortunately, Scott Waugh takes his material far too seriously, and even though lead actors Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots give the film some life without winking at the camera, Need for Speed is too blind to check the periphery and too slow to have a good time.