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Spoiler-Free Quick Review: Need For Speed – #NFSMovie



Stars: Aaron Paul, Chillie Mo, Dominic Cooper
Theatrical Release Date: March 14, 2014
Synopsis: 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.
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The Good

Some of the best racing cinematography to ever hit the screen.

The Bad

Watching million-dollar Koenigseggs get destroyed is heartbreaking.

Bottom Line

Need For Speed is a fun movie with good performances and even better action, that will satisfy the speed junky in everyone.

Posted March 17, 2014 by

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Need For Speed Quick Review

Aaron Paul, as Tobey Marshall, bringing the smolder in Need For Speed.

This Quick Review is spoiler-free.

Over the weekend, Dawn and I watched Need For Speed. Heading into the theater, I was a little concerned. First of all, it’s a movie based on a video game franchise. Historically, video game movies don’t have a great track record. Secondly, I loved Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad, but I wasn’t sure what to expect out of him in a leading role.

I’m happy to report that both of my fears have been put to rest. Need For Speed successfully breaks the video game movie stigma, and Aaron Paul is perfectly cast as the movie’s protagonist, Tobey Marshall.

Dawn and I both enjoyed Need For Speed very much. If you’re a fan of fast, exotic cars, going very fast… exotically… you’ll find a lot to like, too. The film has some of the best racing cinematography I’ve ever seen. the inside-the-car view of the movie’s crash scenes is amazing. So much so, that weak-stomached viewers may want to skip the 3D version of the film.

Need For Speed Quick Review

Beautiful cars being destroyed. I haz a sad.

The human element of Need For Speed is almost as good as the racing. There is the requisite amount of smoldering from Aaron Paul, complimented by plenty of humor from the supporting cast.

I only have a couple of minor complaints about Need For Speed. The driving sequences are so action-packed that the scenes between races sometimes feel sleepy in comparison. Fortunately, the lion’s share of the movie takes place inside the cars, ensuring that your pulse never spends too long at its resting rate.

The real travesty with Need For Speed, however, is that the film is being marketed as an action film. I mean, come on. Any movie where million-dollar cars are getting smashed to pieces is clearly a tear-jerker. If you don’t get a lump in your throat, watching a Koenigsegg Agera R flipping end-over-end and catching on fire, you’re probably dead inside. 😉

All kidding aside though, Need For Speed is a fun movie with good performances and even better action, that will satisfy the speed junky in everyone. 4 out of 5 stars.

Tim Wells

Dad, husband, gamer, blogger, geek. Not necessarily in that order.