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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Movie Review: Need For Speed! One amazing ride!

Typically, when you hear that there is movie coming out based on a video game, it is best to not head into the theater to see it. These type of movies usually forget the heart of the video game and you end up not caring about the story as well. But Need For Speed succeeds in telling a good story and staying true to the core of the video game.
Aaron Paul, who plays Tobey Marshall, is given the proper motivation to stay behind the wheel for pretty much the entire movie. He not only has enemies but also a deadline to meet. He is in a race that ends in the death of a friend and ends up being framed for that death. So, while in prison he plots his revenge. He is going to even the score in highly illegal street race. The catch is that the race is on the other side of the country and he has two days to get there. So, there are three races in this one movie. It is a huge adrenaline rush as the foot hits the gas and never lets up! Aaron Paul totally sells himself as the next big leading man.
The first thing that comes to mind is that this film is just trying to capitalize on the success of the massive Fast and Furious franchise. But Need For Speed separates itself by being more about the cars and actual racing than any of the Fast and Furious movies. It also further separates itself by filming as much action as practically as possible. Wait until you see the fantastic shots taken by the GoPro cameras attached to the vehicles! No CGI here, or at least very little of it! Also, wait until you see the amazing action sequence in the picture above with that U.S. Army helicopter!
What really works here is that Need For Speed doesn't take itself too seriously but then takes itself just seriously enough to keep it all together. This goes down as one of the best video game to movie adaptations ever. Put on your seatbelt, sit back and hold on, you are in for one amazing ride!

Need For Speed opens March 14th, 2014!

1 comment:

  1. Great movie. If you like Fast and Furious, you will love this one too, Racing scenes are really good and these guys know how to push the limits of both their cars and the roads they travel. Interesting story line and good ending. Definitely worth the money and time if you are a race car kind of person. Plenty of action.

    Mariz
    Maids of Goshen New York

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