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Need for Speed (2014)

  • Rate: 7.4/10 total 3,924 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 14 March 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 130 min
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Need for Speed (2014)


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  • IMDb page: Need for Speed (2014)
  • Rate: 7.4/10 total 3,924 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 14 March 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 130 min
  • Filming Location: San Francisco, California, USA
  • Budget: $66,000,000 (estimated)
  • Director: Scott Waugh
  • Stars: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Scott Mescudi | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Nathan Furst (music by)  
  • Soundtrack: All Along The Watchtower
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Revenge | Based On Video Game | Singing On Airplane | Reckless Driving | Street Racing

Writing Credits By:

  • George Gatins (screenplay)
  • George Gatins (story) &
  • John Gatins (story)

Known Trivia

  • According to director Scott Waugh, the cast all took stunt driving lessons. In the scene where Toby returns to Little Pete’s crashed car, Aaron Paul repeatedly skidded 15′ short of his mark because he was afraid of hitting the director, who was filming the shot. Waugh told Paul to TRY to hit him. Waugh had someone holding his belt, and told him to pull him out of the way, but only if he was hit. Paul did the shot on the next take, coming within 2″ of hitting the camera. In one continuous take, the Koenigsegg does a 4 wheel drift right up to the camera, with a closeup of Aaron Paul’s face in the window, then Paul jumping out of the car. 84 of 87 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The drive-in movie theater used in the film is a real, working theater. The Swan drive-in, located in Blue Ridge, Georgia, has been thriving since 1955 and is one of only four drive-ins still open and operating in Georgia. 55 of 57 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • A majority of the car stunts in the film were done practically using car shells, with hardly any VFX used. The body shell for the Konigsegg, a $4.6 million supercar, cost roughly $300,000. 34 of 35 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Executive producer Steven Spielberg was binge watching Breaking Bad and decided along with the director that Aaron Paul shouldn’t play the villain, but the lead instead. Aaron Paul said during an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live. 23 of 24 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Taylor Kitsch, Liam Hemsworth, Brenton Thwaites and Luke Bracey were considered for the lead role but in the end, Aaron Paul was cast. 42 of 46 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Riley Keough auditioned for the female lead but lost to Imogen Poots. 3 of 20 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.  »

Story: Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.


Synopsis: Toby Marshall (Aaron Paul) runs a garage in a small town in upstate New York. He and his friends build and tune performance cars.

On a racing web-radio show, DJ Monarch (Michael Keaton) explains that Toby used to be a local racer, and competed against his main rival, Dino (Dominic Cooper). Dino has since made it big, running in Indy and other professional race series, and now runs a car dealership. Monarch speculates that Toby was just as good as Dino, but Dino was lucky to make it to the big time.

Toby inherited the garage from his father, but he is now having trouble making bank payments. He and his crew street race their classic muscle cars to scrape together enough for the payments.

After winning a race, they celebrate at the local drive-in. Dino shows up, driving a Mercedes SLS Gullwing. He is accompanied by his girlfriend, Anita (Dakota Johnson). She is Toby’s former girlfriend, and the sister of Little Pete (Harrison Gilbertson), one of Toby’s crew. They exchange some trash talk. There is much animosity between Toby and Dino.

The next day, Dino shows up at the garage. He has the Ford Mustang that Carroll Shelby was building when he died, and is looking for the a shop to complete the work. He knows Toby’s crew are the best for this sort of thing. He intends to sell the car once the work is done, and offers Toby 25% of the estimated $2,000,000 selling price.

The crew try to talk Toby out taking on the project, but Toby needs the money.

After the work is done, the car is put up for auction at a very glitzy party. Toby and Dino meet Julia (Imogen Poots), who is a buyer for a well-to-do Brit. She agrees to pay $3,000,000 if the car can go over 200mph, as Toby claims. Dino is unsure, and prohibits Toby from proving him wrong.

They agree to meet at the track the next morning, so Julia can evaluate the car.

Toby and his crew arrive early, and Toby is able to get the car up to 234mph. The crew speculate that Dino would never be able to get the car going as fast as Tony. Julia and her buyer agree to purchase the car for $2.7million.

Dino is slighted, and takes Toby and Little Pete to his father’s mansion. He challenges them to race his father’s 3 illegally imported European Koenigsegg Agera cars. If Toby wins, he gets Dino’s 75% of the Mustang deal. If he loses, he gives up his 25%. They race from the house to a bridge over the interstate.

During the race, Little Pete gets in front of Dino, and continually blocks him from catching Toby. Out of frustration, Dino tags Little Pete’s car, and it flips down a ravine, onto some rocks, and catches fire. Toby races back to help (best shot in the movie), but is too late.

Dino and his car disappear, and Toby goes to jail for street racing.

After 2 years, Toby is released on parole, and immediately sets out to revenge Little Pete’s death. He is able to borrow the Shelby Mustang (with Julia) to enter a winner-take-all race organized by Monarch. They must get to San Francisco, where the race will start in 2 days. The crew try to scare Julia out of the car with some crazy driving, but she is unfazed. One of the crew, Benny "Call me Maverick" (Scott Mescuti), flies overhead in a Cessna as a spotter, and they make their way across the country.

After a spectacular escape from the Detroit police, all state police are notified that a silver Mustang is heading west with Toby, who has broken parole. Monarch mentions this on his web-radio show, and Dino, who is based in San Francisco, offers $2,000,000 to anyone who stops him from getting to the race.

The Mustang is challenged in Utah, where it is forced off-road by a couple of 4×4’s. They are about to be caught, when Maverick appears in an army helicopter. They are able to hook a rope through the car, and carry them off to the Bonneville Salt Flats, where the rest of the crew are waiting. Maverick is arrested by the Military Police, but has saved the day.

They get to San Francisco just in time to register. Toby threatens Dino, but they agree to sort things out during the race.

Heading to a hotel, Julia and Toby are broadsided by a truck driven by one of Dino’s employees. The car is totaled, and Julia is taken to the hospital. Unless Toby can find a car, Little Pete’s death will not be avenged.

Anita has become aware of Dino’s tactics, and searches his computer to discover that the Koenigsegg that killed her brother is secretly being stored in a local warehouse. She meets with Toby, and gives him the location – and her engagement ring from Dino.

The next morning, 5 exotic cars are waiting to start the race. Toby pulls up last. Dino is spooked by seeing Toby in his car, and further spooked when Toby gives Dino Anita’s ring. They are off, with the California Highway Patrol in hot pursuit. One-by-one the cars crash out. Finally, with just Dino and Toby left, they race side-by-side along the Pacific Highway. Coming up to a corner, Dino misjudges and brakes late. He crashes and rolls as the car catches fire. Toby sees the finish line ahead, but turns around to pull Dino from the flames. He takes off just as the CHP arrive. They follow him to the finish line, and block him in. Both he and Dino are arrested.

With the missing Koenigsegg found, Dino is sent to jail for Little Pete’s death. Toby serves 6 months for street racing, and is released.

During the credits, we see Maverick teaching the other inmates how to twerk.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Stuart M. Besser known as executive producer
  • John Gatins known as producer
  • Frank Gibeau known as executive producer
  • Tim Moore known as executive producer
  • Patrick O'Brien known as producer
  • Mark Sourian known as producer
  • Scott Waugh known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Aaron Paul known as Tobey Marshall
  • Dominic Cooper known as Dino Brewster
  • Imogen Poots known as Julia Maddon
  • Scott Mescudi known as Benny
  • Rami Malek known as Finn
  • Ramon Rodriguez known as Joe Peck
  • Harrison Gilbertson known as Little Pete
  • Dakota Johnson known as Anita
  • Stevie Ray Dallimore known as Bill Ingram
  • Michael Keaton known as Monarch
  • Alan Pflueger known as Flyin' Hawaiian
  • Brian L. Keaulana known as Right Seater
  • Logan Holladay known as 'DJ' Joseph
  • Carmela Zumbado known as Jeny 'B'
  • Jalil Jay Lynch known as Jimmy MacIntosh
  • Nick Chinlund known as Officer Lejeune
  • Chad Randall known as Big Al
  • Buddy Joe Hooker known as Detroit Cop #1
  • Rich Rutherford known as English Paul
  • Tony Brakohiapa known as The Gooch
  • Brent Fletcher known as Texas Mike
  • Paul Dallenbach known as Johnny V
  • Kanin Howell known as CHP #1
  • Michael Rose known as Investor
  • Beth Waugh known as Investor's Wife
  • E. Roger Mitchell known as Detective #1
  • Antoni Corone known as Detective #2
  • Frank Brennan known as 60 Year Old Man
  • Tara Jones known as News Anchor
  • Han Soto known as News Producer
  • Jill Jane Clements known as Older Smaller Woman
  • Rick Shuster known as CHP Pilot
  • John Gatins known as Air Force Pilot
  • Kerry Gatins known as Teenage Waitress
  • Adora Dei known as Female EMT
  • Charles Black known as Preacher
  • Tierre Turner known as Detroit Cop #2
  • Michael C. Smith known as CHP #2
  • Tim Gilbert known as CHP #3
  • Mike Massa known as CHP #4
  • John Meier known as CHP #5
  • Thomas Rosales Jr. known as Valet
  • Jacki Hill known as Jacki
  • Chloe Warren known as Girl at the Bar
  • Chelsea Small known as Drive-In Fan
  • Chillie Mo known as Darrel
  • Jaden Alexander known as Hotel Guest (uncredited)
  • Kaily Alissano known as (uncredited)
  • Evan D Anderson known as Office Employee (uncredited)
  • Libby Blanton known as San Fran Girl (uncredited)
  • Becky Boyd known as Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
  • Cabran E. Chamberlain known as Onlooker (uncredited)
  • Dennis Doyle Jr. known as Businessman (uncredited)
  • Micky Francis known as Club Patron (uncredited)
  • Fred Galle known as Car Buyer VIP (uncredited)
  • Pam German known as Business Women (uncredited)
  • William Grammer known as N.Y. Pit Crew (uncredited)
  • Anthony B. Harris known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Mary Ellen Itson known as Family Member at Funeral (uncredited)
  • Scott Ledbetter known as Prison Guard (uncredited)
  • Sir Maejor known as Leigh Dennis – Inmate (uncredited)
  • Rick Mischke known as Hotel Patron (uncredited)
  • Mahal Montoya known as SF City Girl (uncredited)
  • Demetrice Nguyen known as (uncredited)
  • Biff O'Hara known as Driver #1 (uncredited)
  • Ozzy Ojito known as VIP New York Party (uncredited)
  • Diezel Ramos known as Onlooker (uncredited)
  • Jeff Trink known as Art Gallery Patron (uncredited)
  • Josh Turner known as Inmate (uncredited)
  • Lee Vang known as Street Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Steven Wiig known as (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Randi Owens Arroyo known as makeup artist
  • Tarra D. Day known as makeup department head
  • Camille Henderson known as key makeup artist
  • Angela Maldone known as makeup artist
  • Valerie Patterson known as makeup artist
  • Dionne Pitsikoulis known as makeup artist
  • Jennifer Santiago known as key hair stylist
  • Toby Sells known as makeup artist
  • Geordie Sheffer known as hair department head
  • Kerrie Smith known as hair designer: Imogen Poots

Art Department:

  • Brent Astrope known as construction coordinator: Utah
  • Mike Barnard known as set dresser: Mendocino/San Francisco (as Michael K. Barnard)
  • Derek Berk known as set dresser: Detroit
  • Heather Bowers known as on-set dresser
  • Dann Brauckmann known as set dresser
  • Sean Britts known as set dresser
  • Richard K. Buoen known as storyboard artist
  • Jason Byers known as lead scenic artist: California
  • Sam Carter known as set dresser
  • Shelby Davis known as set dresser
  • Erick Donaldson known as assistant props: Detroit
  • Warren Drummond known as storyboard artist
  • Faith Farrell known as gang boss painter
  • Seth Gardner known as propmaker
  • Michael E. Goldman known as art director: Northern California
  • Ron Hammond known as art department assistant
  • Joe A. Hawthorne known as scenic charge
  • Mike Helbig known as set dresser: Mendocino/San Francisco
  • Jason Hoobyar known as set dresser: Northern California
  • Mark Kwiatkowski known as leadman: Detroit
  • Alphonse A. Lambert Jr. known as carpenter
  • Amy Lehman known as set decoration coordinator
  • Eliot Levin known as props
  • Stacie McKinnon known as art department coordinator
  • Edward J. McNicoll known as greensman foreman: Northern California
  • John Micheletos known as leadman: Mendocino/San Francisco
  • Thomas Minton known as set designer
  • Katy Moore-Kozachik known as scenic painter
  • Swift Moseley known as greens coordinator: Georgia
  • Mark Nave known as welding gangboss
  • Javed Noorullah known as buyer
  • John Risso known as paint supervisor: re-shoot
  • Mark Sejnowski known as greens
  • Heath L. Sewell known as scenic painter
  • James Shefik known as scenic foreman: Northern California
  • Carl F. Shuffett known as greensman
  • Shea Soutar known as stand by painter
  • Cordell Taylor known as greensman
  • William Thoms known as prop maker gang boss
  • Willie Thoms known as prop maker gang boss
  • Greg Waddle known as stand-by greens
  • Michael A. Watt known as set dresser: Detroit
  • Richard Blake Wester known as set dressing gang boss
  • Doug E. Williams known as construction coordinator: Northern California
  • Douglas Womack known as construction coordinator
  • Mark Woods known as lead man
  • Lisa Yeiser known as graphic designer
  • Michael Zambiski known as greens foreman: Detroit




Production Companies:

  • DreamWorks SKG (presents) (as DreamWorks Pictures)
  • Reliance Entertainment (presents)
  • Electronic Arts
  • Bandito Brothers

Other Companies:

  • AIRWare Technology  data delivery
  • Atlanta Production Services  restrooms
  • BT Industrial Supply  expendables
  • Bertone Visuals  camera equipment provided by
  • Bertone Visuals  digital acquisition systems
  • Bertone Visuals  digital color correction
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Codex Digital  digital recording equipment
  • DTC Grip & Electric  grip and lighting equipment
  • De Lane Lea  ADR recording
  • Deluxe Digital Cinema  post-production (Domestic Digital Cinema Distribution)
  • Filmtools  expendables
  • Hollywood Camera  additional camera equipment
  • Hollywood Trucks  entertainment transportation
  • KU Connection  casting
  • Lightnin' Production Rentals  transportation equipment
  • Radiant Images  camera equipment provided by
  • Sky Media Travel  travel agent
  • Transportation Resources  transportation equipment
  • Varèse Sarabande  score album


  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Constantin Film (2014) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Constantin-Filmverleih (2014) (Austria) (theatrical)
  • Entertainment One Benelux (2014) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Entertainment One (2014) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Metropolitan Filmexport (2014) (France) (theatrical)
  • Pro Video Film & Distribution Kft. (2014) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2014) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2014) (Hong Kong) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2014) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Sony Pictures Releasing (WDSSPR) (2014) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • DeA Planeta Home Entertainment (2014) (Spain) (all media)
  • Touchstone Pictures (2014) (USA) (all media)
  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (2014) (USA) (DVD)
  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (2014) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Atomic Fiction

Visual Effects by:

  • Michael Amato known as stereoscopic artist
  • Ian Armstrong known as stereoscopic depth artist
  • Kevin Baillie known as visual effects supervisor
  • Tricia Barrett known as digital compositor
  • Brian Battles known as visual effects artist
  • Ryan Bauer known as stereoscopic compositor: Stereo D
  • Brian N. Bentley known as roto, paint, comp artist
  • Brian N. Bentley known as stereo compositor
  • Lalit Bhavsar known as render wrangler
  • Khandu Bidkar known as digital artist
  • Brandon Blevins known as stereoscopic compositor: Stereo D
  • Carly Cerquone known as visual effects artist
  • Jae Young Chang known as stereoscopic compositor: Stereo D
  • Sham Chavan known as digital artist
  • Tagui Chilyan known as stereo production coordinator: Stereo D
  • Bradley Chowning known as stereoscopic depth artist
  • Graham D. Clark known as head of stereography: Stereo D
  • Jimi Clark known as depth artist
  • Darrell Claunch known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Peter Cromwell known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Sudheer Devadiga known as digital artist
  • Rustin Devendorf known as stereoscopic technical assistant: Stereo D
  • Julianne Dome known as visual effects artist
  • Aaron Eaton known as visual effects artist
  • Matt Eaton known as visual effects artist
  • Reza Fakharieh known as Compositor/ Final Artist
  • Jason Funk known as visual effects artist
  • Maximilian Funke known as visual effects artist
  • Andrew Furlong known as visual effects artist
  • Harshad Prakash Gaikwad known as digital artist
  • Sarang Gangapurkar known as digital artist
  • Annemarie Gereis known as visual effects artist
  • Arijit Ghose known as digital artist
  • Matthew E. Gill known as stereoscopic production coordinator: Stereo D
  • Rishabh Gondane known as digital artist
  • Sam j Green known as systems administration : Stereo D
  • Roopesh Gujar known as executive producer: visual effects
  • Ashok Gunjal known as digital artist
  • Katie Hamberger known as visual effects artist
  • William F. Hamilton known as systems administrator
  • Alec Hart known as lead visual effects data wrangler
  • Dustin Hayes known as stereoscopic artist
  • Mike F. Hedayati known as stereoscopic supervisor
  • Alex Heffner known as visual effects artist
  • Bryan M. Higgins known as tracking supervisor
  • Mahesh Ingle known as visual effects coordinator
  • Srinivas Janapati known as finaling coordinator
  • Helen Jen known as stereo coordinator
  • Tim Johnson known as Department Manager: StereoD
  • Soyeon Jung known as stereo compositor
  • Aleks Justesen known as visual effects artist
  • Anil Kale known as matchmove
  • Vikram Kale known as compositor
  • Lalit Singh Kanyal known as digital artist
  • Ian Kelly known as stereoscopic roto lead
  • Jenny Kennedy known as visual effects artist
  • Imran Khan known as digital compositor
  • Joshua Knobel known as compositor
  • Nitesh Kumar known as second lead rotoscopy: Stereo D
  • Swati Kumbhar known as digital artist
  • Woei Lee known as compositing supervisor: Atomic Fiction
  • Stephen Lefebvre known as visual effects artist
  • Seth Lickiss known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Mark Lipsmeyer known as camera / matchmove artist
  • Pravin Mahtani known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Yael Majors known as stereoscopic artist
  • David Maldonado known as lead stereoscopic depth artist: STEREO D
  • Charana Mapatuna known as stereoscopic compositor: Stereo D LLC
  • Amit Marshal known as digital artist
  • Emily Mason known as stereoscopic assistant editor
  • Karolis Mikalauskas known as depth artist
  • Abhishek More known as senior visual effects producer
  • Stephen Morton known as visual effects artist
  • Sumit Mukherjee known as digital artist
  • Naren Naidoo known as stereoscopic compositor: Stereo D
  • Leon Nowlin known as visual effects artist
  • Daniel O'Shaughnessy known as stereoscopic lead
  • Raphael Oseguera known as lead roto artist
  • Dana Passarella known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Lyndsey Pendley known as stereoscopic paint artist
  • Siobhan Prior known as visual effects editor
  • Derek N. Prusak known as stereoscopic editorial supervisor
  • Melissa Quintas known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Sabeed Rahiman known as digital artist
  • Komal Rajput known as matchmove
  • Gerard Retulla known as visual effects artist
  • Nathaniel Rodriguez known as stereo compositor
  • Katherine Rodtsbrooks known as vfx
  • Mohit Salunke known as digital compositor
  • Dylan Sanchez known as visual effects
  • Dipankar Sarkar known as visual effects coordinator
  • Vinod Sathe known as lead compositor
  • Brian Schultz known as stereoscopic compositor: Stereo D
  • Lily Shapiro known as visual effects producer
  • Dane Allan Smith known as visual effects consultant
  • Joshua Taylor Sprinkling known as visual effects artist
  • Takashi Takeoka known as visual effects artist
  • Ravindra Tamhankar known as digital compositor
  • Umesh Tawade known as digital artist
  • Brandon Taylor known as compositor
  • Ashraf Vk known as digital artist
  • Pablo Wang known as stereo compositor
  • Jeffrey Warnhoff known as stereo compositor
  • Stephanie Woo known as stereoscopic compositor: Stereo D
  • Jason Arrieta known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Aidan Fraser known as digital artist (uncredited)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sequences of reckless street racing, disturbing crash scenes, nudity and crude language



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. ahurry from United States
    16 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

    I saw this movie at a early screening. This movie was great. The bestauthentic no CGI fake cars or wrecks all, old school real cars gettingdestroyed and flying down the streets. It was fairly predictable to methough I am a HUGE movie fan over 5000 seen. Still it made me feel theway I felt the first time I watched Fast and Furious! I like how theyhad no stunt drivers and they trained Aaron Paul how to actually drivethe cars to make it more real. They replicated the cars to ensure thatif/WHEN they did wreck the cars they could truly wreck the cars with noCGI involved. Aaron Paul & Imogen seem to have great chemistry onscreen that sells the story also.

  2. blaube94 from United States
    16 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

    I saw an advanced screening of Need for Speed at NAS Pensacola for freeand went in with no expectations. I actually expected it to be reallybad. But my hand to god….it was awesome. There is not a dull momentin the entire movie. With a countless number of street races, policechases, and car crashes i was entertained throughout its two hour runtime. But of course all of this time spent on the action scenes comesat the cost of a well thought out plot. It was pretty formalistic andpredictable. but what did you expect from a movie based off a racingvideo game? There were no stand out performances by the actors but noone was bad either. Kid Cudi played the comic relief and he did a lotbetter than i expected having no prior acting experience. Overall ifyou're looking for a very intense and entertaining movie this is it.Hopefully now Aaron Paul wont just be remembered as "the guy fromBreaking Bad". 8/10

  3. Brent Hankins from
    16 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

    Ever since the popularity of video games skyrocketed in the 1980s,Hollywood has been trying to cash in on the craze by bringingwell-known franchises to the big screen. While some adaptations havecome close to getting it right (Silent Hill is probably the best), mostvideo games movies have been absolutely terrible, with Super MarioBros. and Street Fighter: The Movie serving as a shining example ofwhat not to do.

    With a well-documented history of failed projects, the expectationssurrounding Need for Speed couldn't be much lower – after all, it'sbased on a decades-old franchise about illegal street racing, featuringa young cast that remains unproven at the box office – but what thefilm lacks in storytelling and character development is more thancompensated for, thanks to the action behind the wheel.

    Two years after being framed for the death of a friend, Tobey Marshall(Aaron Paul) is released from prison with revenge on his mind. Histarget is Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper), the shady professional racerthat put Tobey in jail and Tobey's friend in a coffin. Taking down Dinowill mean beating him at his own game, a top-secret race featuring theworld's most elite drivers, and hosted by the mysterious Monarch(Michael Keaton).

    With less than two days to get from New York to California before therace begins, Tobey embarks on a cross-country trek that features plentyof jaw-dropping moments, made even more thrilling by director ScottWaugh's insistence that all driving stunts be performed by real driversin real cars. This adds an extra layer of tension that's sorely missingfrom the Fast and Furious series (to which Need for Speed is destinedto be compared), and the film's best moments come courtesy of E-brakedrifts, squealing tires, and near collisions.

    Despite its paper-thin plot and many, many failed attempts at humor,Need for Speed still works thanks to the generous amount of high-octaneaction sequences, and the undeniable charisma of Aaron Paul. Skepticsmay not have believed that Paul could distance himself from his JessePinkman persona, but he delivers a strong performance that should puthim on the radar for future action roles.

    Need for Speed is one of the better attempts at translating a popularvideo game into a big screen experience, with the practical stunts andreal-world action serving as a nice counterbalance to Fast andFurious's ever-increasing ridiculousness. Its silliness, predictabilityand over- inflated running time keep it from being a truly great movie,but it's still a hell of a lot of fun.

    — Brent Hankins,

  4. trublu215 from United States
    16 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

    I got to see an advanced screening of Need For Speed and I must say,despite a 2hr 10min running time, this film was extremely entertainingfrom start to finish. The film follows Toby, played by Aaron Paul, andhis quest for revenge against a billionaire racer, played by DominicCooper, who killed his friend. The film's familiar plot gets excusedfor the mere fact that the action sequences in this film are amazingand keep you holding your breath. The lack of CGI is jaw dropping. Itmakes the action sequences in Fast & Furious 6 look like more of avideo game than the basis for this film. It truly is amazing. AaronPaul is very good in this film, while he is nowhere near the caliber ofhis famous Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad, he still proves that he isan amazing actor with great things ahead of him. Another surprise hereis Kid Cudi, who gives a light hearted touch to the rough and toughstory of revenge. Michael Keaton is another welcomed addition to thisfilm as he lets the viewer get a better idea of who our anti-hero, TobyMarshall, truly is. Dominic Cooper is a down side of the film,unfortunately he weighs down the film with a typical evil billionaireperformance, the only think he is missing is his pinky finger againsthis lips but it is just enough to overlook. Getting back to the basisof this movie, this is hands down the best video game adaptation evermade. It's hard to believe when watching it that this is a video gameadaptation because it is actually good. This comes as proof that withgood actors and directing, video games can be adapted correctly.

  5. lucasnochez from Canada
    16 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

    I remember the first time I saw the Fast and the Furious, and how itmade me feel after leaving the theatre. By the time the credits rolled,I wanted to get into my car and drive…fast. Unfortunately at the time,I was just barely fourteen years-old and not even able to drive, letalone drive fast. Since then, there have been five more entries to theFast franchise, a tragic death within the series and an upcomingseventh entry that will no doubt pay homage to the late, great racingaction star Paul Walker. Obvious comparisons from this film will bemade to the Fast film franchise, but I can assure you that Need forSpeed will gracefully race near to, if not speed right in front of theseries that made street racing cool.

    When was the last time you saw a car fly? Like actually fly? And I'mnot talking about the CGI filled James Bond/science-fiction films thatshow flying cars with wings as the norm in the future. For the firsttime in a very long time at the movies, I had fun! I held my armsclose, my palms were sweaty, and tension was flowing through me likethe warm synthetic engine oil of a race car, and it was all thanks tothe high-octane energy of Need for Speed.

    Based on the famous video game franchise of the same name released in1994, the film had many hurdles to overcome even before its release;horrible track records among critics and in the box office for videogame film adaptations (Super Mario Bros., Doom, Max Payne); directcomparisons to the Fast films; and a television star Aaron Paul(Breaking Bad) leading the film. But despite all the hurdles, Need forSpeed delivers on its promise for an urgency to entertain, enthral, andperform, giving a whole new realism to the illegal street racing actiongenre.

    Now the word realism can be misconstrued in the context of this review.The disclaimer at the end of the film does state that "many of thestunts performed were done by trained professionals on closed courses",including the actors, who had extensive training with street cars andperformance racing. Now when I say realism, there is no way we canexplain that word without mentioning director Steve Waugh. Waugh, whowas a seasoned stunt performer before he became a director (Act ofValor), on films like Bad Boys II, Spider-Man and The Italian Job,opted for genuine stunt performances from his actors, director ofphotography, and stuntmen, and mostly abandoned the use of CGI in thefilm, which gives a slight edge to the longing of danger to be put backinto filmmaking.

    The video games, which popularized the use of 'first-person racing',put gamers in the driver's seat and revolutionized the way in whichracing games were made. Need for Speed may be light on story,completely absurd on intent and plot, and have many two-dimensionalcharacters, but makes up for it in action, thrills, and impulsiveentertainment. The film then becomes a blend of buddy comedy/road-tripactioner/hard boiled revenge thriller that will have you rooting forour hero and born underdog Tobey Marshall, with every gear shift andsharp turn ahead.

    The film spends a hefty amount of time establishing its characters,especially its lead Tobey Marshall (Paul). A natural behind the wheelbut behind on most of his payments on the shop his late father left himin Mt. Kisco, N.Y, Marshall makes up for his payments and barely keepsthe shop afloat and his close friends employed through a string ofminor street races. After a generous offer from an old acquaintance,pro NASCAR driver and suave bad boy Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper),Marshall sees an opportunity for the business to flourish for him andhis group of loyal friends. But after Dino double-crosses Marshall in arace for winner-takes-all, Marshall serves two years in prison, onlyigniting a burning scheme for vengeance.

    Need for Speed spends a dedicated amount of time behind the wheel withit's characters. From the moment Marshall is released from prison, hemakes his way to California to the infamous, invite only De Leon streetrace, held by an anonymous organizer. Desperate to use the last carthat he and his team worked on, a 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang thatCarroll Shelby reportedly worked on before his eventual death in 2012,a car that produces 800+ horsepower and reaches a max speed of 234mph,Marshall and his team, accompanied by the wealthy investor associateJulia (Imogen Poots) race to an unknown location in search of provingMarshall's innocence and making Brewster pay for the death of hisfriend.

    In addition to the hundreds of cars and parts that were damaged duringthe production of the film, is the passion and very obvious enjoymentof everyone involved. From Cooper, who has been very open about hisexcitement to be in a racing film since the beginning of his career, toPaul, who spent months dedicated to stunt driving, Need for Speed is afilm that can best be described by its resident veteran franchisepatriarch Michael Keaton, a film that was "born to ride".

  6. OrangeFlamingo from United States
    16 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

    Oh boy. Where to even start.

    I suppose that first off I had way better expectations because I was aHUGE fan of Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad, considering it one of the mostbrilliant shows I have ever seen. I was let down. Thankfully, he wasn'tthe worst actor in this film. Every single other person was.

    This is the first film I've seen that Imogen Poots had a lead role in,and I will probably never see one again. There were a couple of partsthat I had hope for her, but it only lasted a few seconds until I wasquestioning if this was the first film she's ever been in. I was alsounimpressed by Kid Cudi (Scott Mescudi)'s performance. He is one of myall time favorite music artists and that is definitely what he shouldstick to, music. I guess it's not really his fault that the script wasso awful and he was required to recite "joke" after "joke" that theywere trying SO HARD to make funny (failed immensely), but I figuredhe'd have the balls to say "I'm not reading this crap on camera." Asfar as the other actors and actresses, it would be a waste of my timeto even say anything about them, because it is nothing good. I don'teven want to get started on Michael Keaton's washed-up performance.

    The entire movie flip flops between emotional scenes (which areanything but) and action scenes. None of this flows at all. The sceneswhere you're supposed to feel some kind of connection betweencharacters does not succeed. Nothing builds you up to them and they'reall really awkward and you will feel no differently about anyone oranything going on in the film. The action scenes seem like they werethought up last minute and felt very rushed. It was like they had afive minute time limit on each one or else someone was going to murdertheir family.

    I guess one positive thing was the visuals, which were alright. That'sprobably where this movie is getting rated anything above a seven, it'sfrom the gear heads (no offense to anybody.) There were some pretty badass cars that were nice to look at and some of the action scenes weredone nicely (looked nice) aside from feeling hurried.

    To wrap this up, this is one of the cheesiest and most predictablemovies I have ever seen. I called everything that was going to happenin almost every scene because it's been done hundreds of times inhundreds of films, all executed in the same way. I'm still not sure whythe synopsis starts with "fresh from prison" because how prisonaffected his life is touched nowhere in the movie. I know that isn't abig deal but for some reason that just bugs me.

    If you must see this movie, make sure someone else is paying or youhave a free rental up for grabs from your local video store.

  7. aldri-feb from Indonesia
    16 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

    Need for Speed is a brainless racing car movie that should be missedanyway. Whole of of the movie is about showing off cool car, revengeand car chasing. Perhaps the first racing car scene is quite tense butfelt exhausted if it repeated many times in 2 hour length. Plus thestoryline is so standard and they use a video game script that makesthis movie completely mess.

    All the casts here including Aaron Paul and Michael Keaton are stuck inthis horrible script though they seems have tried their best to savethe movie. Overall Need for speed is too noisy, boring andempty-brained that could only be enjoyed by it's fans.

  8. Bryan Cristiano Angelo from Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
    16 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

    I am a big fan of the game. I've playing it since God knows when. So Iwas really looking forward to this. But it turned out to be quite of alet down for me. The story is very very very straight forward. You canguess what will happen after about half an hour, probably less. Thecars are awesome. Flashy, fast and if you are a fan of fast cars, thenthis alone might appeal you to watch the movie. Story wise, it offersnothing new.

    Some of the racing stunts you see are impressive, but for most partsits has nothing new to offer either. One of my biggest problem withthis movie is that it was slow. With a title like "Need for SPEED"you'd expect things to go fast but that was not the case here. Thismovie doesn't have the same testosterone charm as the Fast and Furiousfranchise. This movie will be forgotten just like the Red Line moviethat people were pumped about a few years ago. The plot is weak and thecharacters lack originality.

    So unless you love cars and/or the game, you should just pass thismovie.

  9. Helio Copter from United States
    16 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

    I was conflicted about how to rate this film. It has its downsides, butwhere it counts, it does come across pretty well. Ultimately, if youenjoy cars and action-driving footage, Need for Speed is worth it. Ifnot, you aren't missing much by passing it up.

    There are a couple of comparisons that I think are helpful here. First,this film is like Pacific Rim in that it thrives in the execution ofits central premise. Instead of giant robots fighting aliens, here youhave footage of real cars (many of them fantastic models) racing, andthose sequences are great. Lots of visceral thrills. Unfortunately, therest of the film (script/non-driving scenes) is nothing to write homeabout.

    The second comparison that I'd make is to That Awkward Moment. Theparallel there is that Need for Speed also has a great cast ofcharismatic, engaging young actors having fun, which helps to offsetthe lackluster script. Imogen Poots is even more charming in this film.

    What all of that adds up to is that Need for Speed is snappy and fun,and a real treat in its car-driven sequences. Not a terribly goodstory, but an entertaining film.

  10. Sahl_95 from United Kingdom
    16 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

    The story is about Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) as a street racingmechanic who has his mind set on getting revenge on Dino Brewster(Dominic Cooper) for framing him for a death in a street race.

    The first parts of the movie show Tobey racing to earn money for hisstruggling car repair shop. Although the race brought back memories ofmy childhood, it did feel a bit long at times and not as exciting as itshould have done. After the race, Dino gives Tobey a job opportunitywhich needs him to fix up a Mustang which would also help save hisbusiness. The events soon after the job lead to an awesome race withthree Koenigsegg Ageras and the frame up.

    The middle part of the movie is mainly about gaining access to theDeLeon (an illegal high stakes street race where the winner takes all)so that he can try and get his revenge against Dino. However, he firstneeds a car and he is reunited with the Mustang that he built. Thereturn of the Mustang also brings back Julia Maddon (Imogen Poots) whobought the car for a wealthy man and accompanies Tobey to the DeLeon.This leads to a long (but exciting) road trip to gain.During this tripthere are some awesome stunts and chases.

    The final part of the movie is the big race, the DeLeon. This race wasdefinitely my favourite part of the movie since it brought back manymemories of the game: the exotic cars; the cop chases; and racingthrough some great scenery. Watching cars (even though they arereplicas) like the Bugatti Veyron, the McLaren P1, the LamborghiniSesto Elemento and the Koenigsegg Agera race was just awesome. The raceitself was also very entertaining (although predictable) and the endingwas satisfying.

    However, there are a lot of conveniences and ridiculous scenarios andescapes. A lot of disbelief needs to be suspended for this movie. Youcan easily guess what happens next and for the most part, you can guesshow it happens. There probably won't be anything that will surpriseyou. The plot will happen exactly as you would expect for a movie likethis.

    Aaron Paul was great as Tobey Marshall. The rest of his gang are notbad, but not great either. His gang provide a lot of the comic reliefin the movie. Imogen Poots and Dominic Cooper were both decent in theirroles as well. Michael Keaton as the commentator of the DeLeon was alsodecent.

    In the end, I did enjoy this movie despite all of the conveniences.Most of the races were awesome to watch, the stunts were awesome, and Iloved the final race. Did see it in 3D, wouldn't say it was essentialfor this movie.

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