Need For Speed

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With stock characters and a preposterous plot, this noisily diverting video game adaptation fulfills a Need for Speed and little else.



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Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, DreamWorks Pictures' "Need for Speed" captures the thrills of the game in a real-world setting. An exciting return to the great car-culture films of the 1960s and '70s, when authenticity brought a new level of intensity to the action, "Need for Speed" taps into what makes the American myth of the open road so enticing. The story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country race against time-one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. In a last attempt to save his struggling garage, blue-collar mechanic Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul)-who with his team skillfully builds and races muscle cars on the side-reluctantly partners with wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). Just as a major sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save the business, a disastrous, unsanctioned race results in Dino framing Tobey for manslaughter.(c) Disney

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Aaron Paul
as Tobey Marshall
Imogen Poots
as Julia Bonet
Dominic Cooper
as Dino Brewster
Alan Pflueger
as Flyin' Hawaiian
Brian L. Keaulana
as Right Seater
Logan Holladay
as "DJ" Joseph
Jalil Lynch
as Jimmy Macintosh
Nick Chinlund
as Officer Lejeune
Buddy Joe Hooker
as Detroit Cop #1
Tony Brakohiapa
as The Gooch
Brent Fletcher
as Texas Mike
Michael Rose
as Investor
Beth Weisenburger
as Investor's Wife
E. Roger Mitchell
as Detective #1
Antoni Corone
as Detective #2
Frank Brennan
as 60 Year Old Man
Tara Jones
as News Anchor
Han Soto
as News Producer
Jill Jane Clements
as Older Smaller Woman
Rick Shuster
as CHP Pilot
John Gatins
as Air Force Pilot
Kerry Gatins
as Teenage Waitress
Adora Dei
as Female EMT
Charles Black
as Preacher
Tierre Turner
as Detroit Cop #2
Mike Smith
as CHP #2
Chloe Warren
as Girl at the Bar
Chelsea Small
as Drive-In Fan
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Critic Reviews for Need For Speed

All Critics (176) | Top Critics (37)

This is cinema reduced or distilled to its purest definition, of movies that move

Mar 17, 2014 | Full Review…

This movie is a complete bore.

Mar 16, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

There's nothing here you haven't seen before.

Mar 14, 2014 | Full Review…

You wouldn't think a movie called Need For Speed would feel so slow.

Mar 14, 2014 | Full Review…

It's like watching someone ELSE play a video game for more than two hours. That gets old real fast.

Mar 14, 2014 | Rating: .5/5 | Full Review…

Though later sequences lean a little too heavily on contemporary car flick clichés ... they are all nonetheless informed by a gee-whiz appreciation for gleaming cars and stunt driving ingenuity.

Mar 14, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Need For Speed

I had some very low expectations for this movie. Actually, when I had blu ray sitting on my tv stand, I debated on just skipping it all together. A "Fast and Furious" knock off starring Aaron Paul(aka Jesse Pinkman) doesn't really scream out awesome movie. But, I'm a big Paul fan so decided to pop it in. I'm so glad I did! This is exactly what it sounds like, a big dumb, fun action movie, and it's entertaining as hell! This movie is a real blast of just mindless entertainment. The story is generic(Paul has to enter a race to avenge his friends death), but the performances are good and the action is fantastic. This has some of the best race/car chase scenes I've seen in movies in a long time. Aaron Paul has some great qualities that should set him up for a good film career. Dominic Cooper is the villain, and he is great. He plays a good slimy butt hole very well. This may not be as good as some of the "Fast and Furious" movies, but it's just as fun and entertaining. Check it out for a good popcorn movie.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

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Need for Speed seems to have all the ingredients to be the start of a cool film franchise - great leading man, cool supporting cast, beautiful cars, and the budget to make it all happen. But it's like this movie went out of its way to be disappointingly stupid. Things like one character always showing up in different helicopters kept having me think - how are you plausibly doing this? Or how Aaron Paul is established to be the best driver ever and the car he drives the fastest car ever, yet even a truck can catch up to him. Not to mention Michael Keaton's really annoying commentary throughout the final race, and the insanely awkward dialogue throughout the entire film. It seems movies made from video games are a lost cause. Need for Speed does not make the case that this trend will change any time soon.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

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I think it was completely and utterly inevitable that this film would come under close scrutiny because of the near identical concept and execution alongside another certain highly popular street racing franchise. Well...either that or completely shunned, I mean lets be honest here this is a new wannabe racer franchise riding on the coattails of 'The Fast and Furious'...well trying to take its place, so can it? I needn't really go into the plot much, its all very silly and simple. Basically the main team of characters have gotta get from New York to Cali ASAP so they can enter a secret race there. Behind all this is the standard revenge plot line, the protagonist saw his best friend get killed in a racing accident caused by the films antagonist who sneers like a young moustache twirling 'Dick Dastardly'...without the moustache. Naturally the bad guy (who happens to be rich and own lots of fancy super cars) is in this secret race hence why the good guy wants to enter it and win. Cue lots and lots and lots and lots of super flashy, super slick petrolhead car porn. Right, I liked this film, yes that's right...I liked it. It started off badly no doubt, there's a hideous looking illegal street racing scene with every fudging unoriginal cliched stereotype under the sun, really got me reaching for the stop button. But my reasons for enjoying this are simply because I like cars and this film feels like an old school car flick. Everything you see in this film is a real time stunt using real cars, no CGI, its all real and it all looks amazingly good. This is what impressed me so much, I mean yeah sure the cars are all filmed beautifully when parked up and when they're on the move but that's expected. The stunts in this film really opened my eyes I can't deny, the Koenigsegg Agera R wreck at the start is fudging awesome! a flipping spinning flaming...errr car on fire! Again you expect hyper glossy interior and exterior shots of the cars in high speed action but damn they got this right! Everything sizzles on screen as the camera pans past from various angles resulting in some excellent traffic dodging moments and of course sexy engine gurgling and roaring. You can clearly see the people behind this love cars and know how to sell them on screen, add to that the fact they know their way around a good looking real stunt. It all looks quite mature too, in other words it doesn't look like a hammy boy racer flick for 18 year old Vauxhall Corsa owners. Its a different type of street racing to 'The Fast and Furious', that was more modified rice racers and American muscle cars, this is the rich boys league with super cars like Lambo's, Veyron's and Spano's. That doesn't mean its better or worse for that, its just offering another level of racing but still with damage. This doesn't mean its all good of course, far from it. There are still plenty of stupid scenes which are ridiculous and clearly stuck in to crank up the sex appeal. I still don't get why the main character deliberately gets the attention of the cops when picking up one of the gang, I also don't get why that member quits his job and proceeds to remove all his clothes when leaving. It really felt like they were straining for gimmicks to grabs peoples attention other than the fast cars...seeing as the characters are all so one dimensional lets have one remove all his clothes just because he can. Despite driving like an absolute maniac across half of the US the cops are nowhere to be seen. The main secret race is a winner take all event, so you win the race you win the cars. Problem with that is all the cars get wrecked and nabbed by the police so in truth you don't get any of them and if you do it will cost a fortune to get them fixed up. Plus why would anyone enter a race with a billion Dollar super car and then proceed to ram your opponent?! Jesus Christ what about that expensive paint job and bodywork??!! It made me wince in pain watching! no! that's a McLaren P1!! don't do that!!! Arrrggghhh!!! Then you have the race organiser played by Keaton, now this guy sits in front of his computer using Skype or something to talk to people all over the place. The funny thing is everyone seems to be logged into his channel or whatever all the freakin' time! he knows everything and everyone is always watching and or listening...accept the police. Hey police you wanna know what's going on how about watching the mega rich guys computer network channel thingy. The main character just happens to befriend the sexy blonde female who works for some other mega rich guy who owns lots of fast cars...this comes in handy because she is able to loan him a Shelby Mustang to race, lucky huh. Oh and she is also the stereotypical female character who everyone thinks is just a dumb blonde but actually knows tonnes about cars. Yet in reality we all know the actress really knows sod all and is reading a script. I could go on with more silly bits n pieces but lets be honest here (again), we knew to expect silliness and lame characters plus the token black guy. We knew to expect hammy dialog, a cliched plot and lots of predictable sequences, this film is based on a racing videogame. I think its safe to say if you like cars then you know you'll probably get a kick outta this, if you liked that Vin Diesel/Paul Walker car franchise then you'll probably like this. I thought this would be trash but I have been pleasantly surprised I admit. The visuals are crisp sexy and colourful, the action is exciting and seeing these cars in action make you wanna tear up the tarmac on your way down to your local Tesco. Completely cliched B-movie dross top loaded with car porn, but damn I enjoyed it...plenty of vroom!

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

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Perfect for car enthusiasts Great Movie! This film is called "Need for Speed" and is based on a video game. This alone tells us not to expect character development, genius plot twists and memorable dialogues. This films delivers exactly what it set out to deliver. If you like fast and beautiful cars, this is for you. If you like crazy stunts and cars chases, this is for you. If you enjoyed getting chased by the cops in the video game, this is for you. Need for Speed is a film that can best be described by its resident veteran franchise patriarch Michael Keaton, a film that was "born to ride". Framed by an ex-partner for a murder he did not commit, Tobey Marshall, a financially struggling custom-car builder and street-racer, spends two years in jail thinking about one moment. Fresh out of prison he reacquires the fastest car his workshop ever built and sold, and seeks to enter a secretive and extremely high-stakes race known as The DeLeon. His purpose; redemption, recognition from the world of racing and to solve his problems. Yet all this fades in comparison to his driving reason. Revenge. Above all, revenge. This is a story about love, redemption, revenge and motor oil all swirled together, but above all; It's a story about fast, fast cars.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

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