Need for Speed
Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a mechanic, races muscle cars in an underground circuit. Struggling to keep his business afloat, he reluctantly partners with wealthy but treacherous Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). However, Dino frames Tobey for a crime that sends him to prison. Two years later, Tobey is out and bent on revenge; his only chance to take down Dino is to beat him in a high-stakes race. But to get there in time, he must successfully run a gauntlet of cops and bounty hunters.
Release Date: March 14, 2014
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The Story The story is anything but original and it also has some massive plot holes. The filmmakers tried to patch up the plot holes with a line of dialogue here and there, but the story was all over the map and very predictable. Your head turns into a GPS navigator telling you what is going to happen next. I understand that the movie was made around the idea of fast cars and chases but they missed an opportunity to bring something fresh or new to the table. The Acting This is the first leading role in a movie for "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul. Not that he is bad in this movie, but he wasn’t memorable either. Paul, to his credit, did not receive much help from the supporting cast. The two other power players in the movies are Dominic Cooper and Michael Keaton. Both of these actors seemed rather un-thrilled to be in the movie. Dakota Johnson, whose star is quickly rising, is also in the film and her character is never utilized or developed. For a movie with big name actors, none of them stood out. One Dimensional The only thing “Need for Speed” has going for it is the cars, and truth be told it is probably all they really need to make money. There are tons of car chases involving rare and expensive cars, but outside of that the movie doesn't offer much more. The filmmakers tried to add other things to the movie like romance and comedy, but neither landed. The comedy fell flat and the romance was void of interest or chemistry.April 3rd, 2014 · Details
MovieReviewMaven Grade = B- In a Nutshell: The very first car I ever bought with my own money was a cute 1965 Mustang I named Scooter. Need for Speed features a modified Mustang that has all the bells and whistles, as well as a lot of other extremely cool cars. Based on the most successful racing video game ever, this gear-head flick is full of high-speed racing, violent crashes, and adrenaline that will make it hard for you to keep the speed limit when you leave the theater. Directed by former stuntman Scott Waugh, the plot of revenge runs a little on empty, but it’s still a fun ride, albeit predictable. Gamers will feel their fingers twitching a time or two. Uplifting theme: Tobey Marshall announces “They took everything from me. I do not fear, for you are with me. All those who defied me shall be ashamed and disgraced. Those who wage war against me shall perish. I will find strength, find guidance, and I will triumph!” Things I liked: • As you can imagine, there were quite a few car stunts that made me wonder if their feasibility will show up on a future episode of the “Myth Busters” TV show. One example is when someone on a truck drives next to a car and fills its gas tank while both are driving fast down a road. To make the whole sequence even more unbelievable, the lid to the gas tank won’t open, even though the Mustang is worth millions of dollars and has incredible high-tech gadgets everywhere. • Breaking Bad Aaron Paul does a great job as Tobey Marshall who drives “the chariot of the gods” in the race before the race. I wanted to see even more of Michael Keaton’s quirky and eccentric character, Monarch. • I was actually startled a couple of times and jumped in my seat. • Some of the beautiful scenery makes you itch for a road trip. • Although ridiculous and improbable, I got a kick out of Maverick’s talent for stealing and flying things. • I loved seeing the teen-filled drive-in theater at the beginning of the movie. It brought back great memories of fun times. • Cool aerial scenes and interesting camera angles. I saw the movie in 3D which made the shattering glass even more dynamic. 3D has become quite good in movies nowadays, enhancing the viewer’s experience, instead of the gimmicky pranks it used to feature. Things I didn’t like: • Yeah, they’re all bad boys, but it bothered me how many innocent people were put in harm’s way due to their disregard for anyone not in the underground circuit of street racing. • Julia Bonet is a tough, calloused negotiator until she gets a crush on a boy. Oh brother. • Some of the dizzy editing of race scenes and scary cliff driving made me have to look away. • Some of the lines were pretty lame, such as “We’ll settle this behind the wheel.” (Tobey) • The story isn’t fresh and runs out of gas. • I really hope that young viewers won’t get any dangerous ideas like trying to outrace a train. Funny lines: • “I believe you, you crazy little tart.” - Monarch • “This is the best DeLeon I’ve ever put together. This is my David. This is my Pieta. This is my soup can.” - Monarch • “There is $7 million dollars worth of cars. Winner takes all. Losers, ya’all can walk home.” – Monarch • “Racers should race. Cops should eat donuts.” - Monarch • Julia asks “Is there anything else right-seaters are supposed to do?” Tobey quips “Be quiet.” • “Looks like a scene out of Speed down there.” - Maverick as he flies over a street where Tobey is driving like crazy • Rami Malek’s character tells a lady in an elevator “My friend’s driving the fastest Mustang in the country in the DeLeon race.” Looking confused, she mumbles “I’m in accounting.” He pries “Don’t you feel like you’re dying?” “Yes” she says, looking dejected and then noticing he’s completely naked. He finishes the conversation “It’s cold in here.” • “Never judge a girl by her Gucci boots.” – Julia • “That’s my boy. Give me some space. I’m about to Twerk it out!” - Maverick Things to look for: • Funny photo of Benny/Maverick on the Mustang’s speaker phone video panel. • Nice tile floor medallion in Monarch’s office. • Tobey’s tattoo on his left wrist (shown symbolically when the security guard cuts off his ID bracelet in prison.) • Keep watching during the rolling credits at the end… Tips for parents: Some profanity, although definitely not what you’re used to hearing from Aaron Paul on Breaking Bad! There is a funny scene when Rami Malek’s character quits his desk job and strips naked so he won’t ever be able to return, revealing his backside several times. Disrespect for policemen and laws. Disregard for other people's safety.March 15th, 2014 · Details
Need for Speed is based on a video game franchise. It is probably the best video game-based movie that I’ve seen, though that’s not exactly an endorsement. It has a lot of car chases (obviously), some romance, and some revenge. It doesn’t go as over the top as the Fast and Furious franchise, though it doesn’t have the spunk, either. Mainly, if you like car movies, you will probably enjoy Need For Speed. It is predictable, but was a good popcorn muncher... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full reviewAugust 28th, 2014 · Details
...all part of a ridiculous plot and often embarrassing acting that provide only the most meager excuse for connecting lavish 3-D racing scenes which are supposedly orchestrated by a mysterious billionaire played by a hyper caffeinated Michael Keaton... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
The nearly plot-free milieu of "Need for Speed" (Disney) may appeal to young men who prefer their car chases uncomplicated. Many others, however, will find the film, based on the video game series of the same name, morally troubling... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
The filmmakers have emphasized that the stunts here are real, not CGI, and the 3D effects are excellent. But the only speed you are likely to need is the fast switch to a better film. Read more: http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/moviemom/2014/03/need-for-speed.html#ixzz2wNp6WiBM... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full reviewMarch 18th, 2014 · Details
I used to think those “Jackass” boys were the most irresponsible people in Hollywood, but it was always just themselves they were trying to maim or mutilate, with a handful of idiot imitators scattered around the world doing same. But after watching “Need for Speed,” I was stunned at the level of the “who cares” mentality exercised in this ridiculous movie, for not only the vast destruction of finely crafted automobiles and their kit car knockoffs, but for how many other people were put in harm’s way... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full reviewMarch 14th, 2014 · Details
While the Fast and Furious franchise has dialed back on the depictions of street racing in more recent movies, Need for Speed runs at full throttle. Tobey’s hunger for revenge means he endangers, and likely maims or kills, a host of innocent victims. But the camera speeds away before showing any of the deadly consequences. Instead all audiences get is the adrenaline rush of watching high-powered cars careen down the roadways with their engines roaring... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
Video games rarely translate into good movies and this film is no exception. Sound and fury are in abundance in Need for Speed, but substance lags... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review