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Need for Speed
BLU-RAY disk
08.26.2014 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Scott Waugh

Actors:
Aaron Paul
Dominic Cooper
Imogen Poots

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Former street racer Tobey Marshall is setup by a rival racer who then puts a huge bounty on Tobeyís head when he sets out to take revenge.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Video game movies are always a gamble, even when itís a well-known title (RESIDENT EVIL, MORTAL KOMBAT), but taking a not so well-known title like NEED FOR SPEED seems almost suicidal, especially considering how close this source material is to the FAST & FURIOUS franchise. Then again, cashing in on that audience may have been the plan all along. Critics bashed this flick across the board, but call me crazy, I actually liked it. Like the FF series, itís no masterpiece, but itís still a fun ride when allís said and done.

Obviously the story is as straightforward as it getsóa racer down on his luck is pushed into a race for money, revenge and a girlóbut they manage to tweak it just enough so it doesnít feel like a cheap carbon copy of everything else. I think the main reason for this is Aaron Paul. Being a huge BREAKING BAD fan, I was more than happy to see him on the big screen. That said, I wish his breakout role wasnít in a video game flick, but those are the cards weíve been dealt. He makes it work though, and I liked his ragtag crew as well (who DO feel like theyíre trying to be Domís FF crew, but at least theyíre likeable. Still not sure about the nude scene though). Imogen Poots brings the same level of fun to this as she did to FRIGHT NIGHT, so I was cool with her as well.

NEED FOR SPEED is far more fun than I expected for a flick whose ending you can see long before the finish line. The villain is as predictable as they come, but again, this flick uses a clever smokescreen by way of Michael Keaton to take our minds off it. Keatonís character plays a vital role in all this and helps make the experience much more unique. Now some people slammed the idea of all the collateral damage left in the racingís wake, but I was cool with that too. We didnít see compound fractures or dead children here, just some bashed up vehicles for the most part. On that note, Iím not an officer of the law so I canít say for sure, though I canít help but think the police arenít sanctioned to just throw their unmanned cars into the road as battering rams to take out their suspects. I could be wrong, but that seemed a little excessive for street racing.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Director Scott Waugh and Aaron Paul are a cool combo and dish out a decent commentary. They enjoyed not only working together, but making the film and it shows. I could listen to Paul dictate all day long.

Capturing Speed: Making an Authentic Car Movie: A look at how they took some larger than life vehicles and racing scenes and make them look more realistic. Looked good to me.

Ties that Bind: Director Scott Waugh was formally a stuntman and uses his experience to help us understand the process as well as introduces the crew he uses to make the magic happen.

The Circus is in Town: More of a set of photos that the director guides us through as he talks about traveling the world with expensive race cars.

Monarch and Maverick Outtakes: A quick two minutes of outtakes between Scott Mescudi and Michael Keaton. Yo Keaton, you da bomb in this one baby!

Deleted Scenes: Five minutes guys, just leave them in. Theyíre not great, but not terrible either.

The Sound of Need For Speed: This was cool. They focus on how they ensure we hear all the right car sounds amidst all the other racket going on in the film. Cool bean.

B-Camera Crash Compilation: A look at one of the filmís hidden Easter eggs.

Previews: There are a few trailers as well as a Digital HD Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Jesse Pinkman is fast, furious and surprisingly entertaining. I donít see what props to the games this flick offers outside the title, but itís worth a look if stuff the like FF series are your bag. If not, itís also a good watch for Aaron Paul fans. Watch this movie, BITCH!
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7:43AM on 08/26/2014
For no reason I really liked this movie. It reminded of the types of movies I'd become really into when I was around 10-14. Movies like Vertical Limit, or Broken Arrow. Just fun action. Nothing great, but nothing really wrong with it either.
For no reason I really liked this movie. It reminded of the types of movies I'd become really into when I was around 10-14. Movies like Vertical Limit, or Broken Arrow. Just fun action. Nothing great, but nothing really wrong with it either.
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8:52AM on 08/26/2014
I don't know why but reading your comment makes me watch to re-watch Hard Target and Broken Arrow again.
I don't know why but reading your comment makes me watch to re-watch Hard Target and Broken Arrow again.
7:56AM on 08/26/2014
That's a great comparison to draw, totally agree.
That's a great comparison to draw, totally agree.
12:41AM on 08/26/2014
Gave it the same score. Lots of it is very predictable and it is too long but I think on the whole, it's really not bad. The main reason to see this would be that it's gorgeous. Some of the loveliest cross-country vistas of the United States in an action movie in recent memory.
Gave it the same score. Lots of it is very predictable and it is too long but I think on the whole, it's really not bad. The main reason to see this would be that it's gorgeous. Some of the loveliest cross-country vistas of the United States in an action movie in recent memory.
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12:32AM on 08/26/2014
I watched this movie with zero expectation but I ended up liking it a whole lot. The race scenes were done with great details and the camera didn't move too quickly that you didn't see what's going on. 3/4 for me. This is probably the best movie video game movie since the first Mortal Kombat movie.
I watched this movie with zero expectation but I ended up liking it a whole lot. The race scenes were done with great details and the camera didn't move too quickly that you didn't see what's going on. 3/4 for me. This is probably the best movie video game movie since the first Mortal Kombat movie.
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