This Rotten Week: Predicting Need For Speed And Single Mom's Club Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2014-03-09 22:34:49discussion comments
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Fresh off the Academy Awards and back into the swing of crappy, late winter movies. At least last Sunday we were reminded that Hollywood can put out quality work. Now just isnít the time of year those movies see the light of day. This week weíve got speed and single moms.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

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Rotten Watch Prediction
Breaking Bad spoiler alert coming in the first sentence of this write up. If you are still working through the series, skip ahead to after the trailer When Jesse Pinkman drove off into the sunset at the end of Breaking Bad, celebrating the beauty of freedom, Iím not sure anyone completely realized it would appear very much a cross-promotional piece of plot mechanics. I doubt it was intentional, but man itís odd that Aaron Paulís first starring role would involve him behind the wheel, racing for his life. And Iíd be lying if I didnít say I was disappointed with Paul, who just turned in one of the all-time great television acting runs, signing on for a fluff action flick. But hey, itís payday time.

Want to see what I mean? Check out the trailer for Need for Speed:



The movie seems to race right to the intersection of "Dumb" and "Disappointing." It appears built in the Fast and the Furious / Gone in 60 Seconds vein, which is to say a movie in which the main characters are cars and the rest of the plot revolves around making sure the cars get as much screen time as possible. Now, those two movies were/are great watches, super entertaining because they offered just enough ancillary story to fill in the gaps between revving engines and car stunts. This one? I doubt it. Directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor - 25%), and based on the popular video game series (usually not a great sign for a movie), Need for Speed looks like a critical car crash waiting to happen. Waughís background is in stunts, which should make it at least appealing to the eye. But I seriously doubt there is anything else to this thing with Aaron Paulís character seeking revenge against some guy in the form of racing cars really fast. Come on Pinkman. We expected so much more.
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