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Need for Speed: Watch Aaron Paul star in his very own Fast & Furious knock-off
The upcoming film is based on the popular video game franchise of the same name
 

In recent years, the Fast and Furious franchise has essentially cornered the market on movies where cars go vroooooom before exploding. But with over $2 billion in worldwide grosses, it was only a matter of time until another studio tried to horn in on all that cash. Need for Speed, a street racing movie that's based on the popular video game series of the same name, is the first serious contender to pull up to the starting line in quite a while.

While the first teaser for Need for Speed began with a leaden monologue by star Aaron Paul, this new full-length trailer lets the cars do most of the talking — and it's much, much better for it. "I spent two years thinking about one moment," says Paul in the trailer. "He set me up. In our world, you always go back. He just left him there. That's what I can't forgive."

Paul's protagonist is targeting a fellow driver played by Dominic Cooper, and he enlists the help of a few allies to do it. From there, the Need for Speed trailer checks off every box on the list. "Your momma" joke? Yep. Vague statements about honor and love? Check. Cars flipping over in slow motion? You better believe it.

Need for Speed is taking itself pretty seriously — and its box-office performance will likely be viewed as a litmus test for Aaron Paul's viability as a leading man — but as long as the movie delivers on the action in this trailer when it arrives in March, it will probably be enough to scratch the itch of any street-racing fans who can't wait until Fast & Furious 7 hits theaters next July.

 
Scott Meslow is the entertainment editor and film and television critic for TheWeek.com. He has written about film and television at publications including The AtlanticPOLITICO Magazine, and Vulture.

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