Thursday, March 13, 2014

Need for Speed
Opens Friday, March 14, 2014 
2 hr 4 min
PG-13 | Disturbing Crash Scenes, Crude Language, Nudity and Seq. of Reckless Street Racing


Scott Waugh

Aaron Paul as Tobey Marshall
Dominic Cooper as Dino Brewster
Imogen Poots as Julia Maddon
Ramón Rodríguez as Joe Peck
Michael Keaton as Monarch
Scott Mescudi as Benny
Rami Malek as Finn
Dakota Johnson as Anita
Harrison Gilbertson as Pete

Review by Stephen M.

Need for Speed is no Fast & Furious and thank God for that.  With only one insane car stunt in the form of the grasshopper, Need for Speed relies heavily on character development and slick car races to stand itself out despite not having the big names of Fast & Furious.  The version I was able to see was in 3-D which only added depth to the movie but not so much as things flying towards you type of 3-D.

Aaron Paul who plays the lead Tobey Marshall is framed for a dear friend's death.  After some jail time he's is out for revenge and looks to bring back his crew as he goes cross country to enter a secret street race run by the reclusive Monarch (Michael Keaton).  While I keep picturing Aaron Paul as Batman with his deep voice, you can't help but be impressive by his performance.  Especially alongside Imogen Poots (Julia) who is cute in many ways as the eventual romantic interest to Tobey.  Most of Tobey's crew while having great scenes here and there fails to capture your attention for any long lengths.  Michael Keaton comes alive as you would imagine him as Beetlejuice showing that the aging actor still many more life in him.

The big star of the film is undoubtedly the rare Carroll Shelby designed Ford Mustang that Toby flies in.  (There is a scene where it's literally in the air!)  The Beast as well as all the other cars are amazing and have a life of their own in the movie.  Any car enthusiast would salivate in seeing these rare cars like the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento in action.

Overall, I would recommend this film.  The movie starts off a bit slow.  The dialogue seems very casual and unrehearsed at times.  But aside from these two points I cannot find much fault with the film.  I like the chemistry between Aaron and Imogen's characters.  I also like Aaron struggles from dealing with survival of his father's business to his friend's death and revenge.  There is a little bit of everything for everyone.


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