132 Min | Action – Crime – Drama | March 2014
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Directors: Scott Waugh
Starring: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots
Need for Speed Review: Need for Speed is a movie loosely based on the video game series of the same name. Tobey Marshall(Aaron Paul) is an excellent street racer. He takes part in street races to earn quick cash & pay the bills to keep his family’s Automobile Service Center running. He works in the repair shop with his pals, Benny(Scott Mescudi), Finn(Rami Malek), Joe Peck(Ramon Rodriguez) & Little Pete(Harrison Gilbertson). When Marshall is framed by his arch racing nemesis, Dino Brewster(Dominic Cooper), for a tragic accident that wasn’t his fault, he is arrested. Two years later, Tobey Marshall is released from prison, with nothing but revenge on his mind.
Need for Speed is sensational. The street races are mind blowing & look superb in 3D. What’s even more impressive, is that most of the car racing scenes were filmed without using special effects. Instead, they used the help of professional stunt drivers & shot all the driving scenes for real. Watching the film. It is truly the best car racing video game series, & the film stays true to the pulse & style of the Need for Speed video games. The 3D has been put to good use in this film. When the characters are driving or racing those gorgeous cars, you actually feel like you’re on the road with them. New York & California where the movie takes place, have been captured beautifully. The scene involving the car & the US Army chopper, is worth the ticket price alone. The performances, add to the electrifying experience of the movie. Aaron Paul stole the show as Tobey Marshall.
The Breaking Bad star proves yet again, that his acting is of the highest quality, in a film that’s all about racing & super cars. Dominic Cooper is brilliant as the scheming & conniving antagonist, Dino Brewster. Imogen Poots is charming & delightful as the hot Brit chick, Julia Madden. Scott Mescudi, Rami Malek, Ramon Rodriguez & Harrison Gilbertson are impressive as Benny, Finn, Joe & Pete respectively. Dakota Johnson is effective as Anita. Last but not the least, Michael Keaton is unforgettable as Monarch. If had to pick one flaw in Need for Speed, it’s that there were hardly any races. They’re driving cars throughout but, there’s only two races in the entire film. Apart from that, Need for Speed is a must watch.
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