Need for Speed is a 2014 American action film directed by Scott Waugh, and is an adaptation of the popular series of video games by Electronic Arts. It stars Aaron Paul as street racer Tobey Marshall, who sets off to race cross-country, as a way of avenging his friend's death at the hands of a rival racer.Wikipedia
Need for Speed Reviews
For starters, don’t race to see it. Need for Speed is based on a racing video-game franchise that has sold 150 million copies. It stars Aaron Paul (Jesse on the immortal Breaking Bad). Paul is a good actor, with two Emmys to prove it, but he’s not a screen-filling star presence in the muscle-bound mold of Vin Diesel (The Fast and the Furious). This stings because there’s nothing to distract you from a plot so tired there are tire tracks from other racing movies all over it.
Although light on plot and performances, the film delivers exactly what it promises. Devoid of CGI, the races you see are real and the stunts, really well done. Apart from Paul's promising performance, it's the supercharged cars that tear up the asphalt and steal the show in this one.
Apart from the race stunts and the car porn, there is nothing particular to harp about here. It is like a Rohit Shetty film, but in English of course. And the cars are much more expensive. Clocking over two hours, the length is also an issue – such kind of action flicks should be short, sweet and to the point. Nevertheless, those who have the need for speed, will have a good time but that doesn’t necessarily make it a good film.
...does differentiate itself pretty well from the Fast and Furious movies. The latter actually borrowed heavily from NFS Underground but this movie uses real cars even in the crashes and big stunts to look more visceral. There are a couple of saucy action scenes, and the final race is fun. If only the film were a bit self-aware, or at least humorous to keep itself entertaining.
The visuals are convincing and realistic. The car flip, which killed Pete, can be touted as one of the most spectacular aerial cars flips ever-captured on film.Overall, the film is engaging and entertaining.
Though Need for Speed is in no way the next big race-car film, it’s an entertaining movie, perfect for a weekend. Autophiles and fans of race-car movies, in particular, will enjoy this film. Watch it if you’re looking for an entertaining film, but skip it if you want an original or thought-provoking film.
Though the pace remains mostly high-octane throughout, it drags in the beginning and during the final face-off. But overall, this flashy underworld of super-charged machinery and intense action is a blast.
I would like to look at the movie as silly fun and it can be in places, but largely it fails and falls flat on it’s face because it simply tries to hard to be fast and furious, which despite not being much itself is still a few notches above this pile of junk. Plus the whole movie comes off as an advertisement for the Ford Mustang.