Movie Review- Need For Speed (In Cinema on 13 March 2014)

This March, get yourself immerse in the thrills of DreamWorks Pictures’ “Need for Speed” movie. This movie is definitely an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when the authenticity of the world brought a new level of intensity to the action on-screen. 

 Tapping into the significance of the car and the open road in American car culture and the freedom and individualism with which they both provide, the film is a story of honor, friendship and loyalty and the testosterone-fueled journey of one man looking for revenge and, ultimately, redemption.

Based on the eponymous car-racing video-game franchise, “Need for Speed” captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting while bringing a level of intensity and authenticity to the action on-screen.

Aaron Paul stars as Tobey Marshall
Dominic Cooper stars as Dino Brewster
The film centers around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), an honest, hard-working auto mechanic living in Mt. Kisco, New York, a sleepy, blue-collar town where he works at Marshall Motors with his buddies. The recent death of his father has left him with a pile of delinquent bills and he is struggling to make ends meet. 

On the weekends, Tobey and the guys race cars on the underground street circuit where a victory can mean substantial cash. But it’s the rush of adrenaline that is the real attraction. When his former nemesis, the wealthy, pompous Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper), stops by the garage, Tobey is initially resistant to him and his business proposition. But Dino is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build the fastest Mustang in the world and a financial windfall, which could save his shop, and he reluctantly agrees. 

Ford Mustang serves as NASCAR pace car in Need for Speed movie.
Following the completion of the Mustang and its subsequent sale to a big-time car broker via his beautiful but opinionated British colleague Julia Maddon (Imogen Poots), Tobey agrees to an impromptu race with Dino and Tobey’s close friend and protégé Little Pete (Harrison Gilbertson). When the race turns deadly, Dino flees the scene, framing Tobey and sending him to prison. 

Two years later he is out, and while Dino has been relishing his freedom and expanding his business out West, Tobey has been plotting his revenge. His best chance is defeating him in the high-stakes race known as The De Leon. The Super Bowl of underground racing, The De Leon takes place once a year and only a few select drivers are invited to participate with the winner taking all. To get there in time, however, Tobey will have to break his parole and travel from New York to San Francisco in 48 hours. 

Real stunt, real action!
Much to his dismay, Julia joins him on the cross-country trek, turning out to be surprisingly resourceful and not quite as annoying as anticipated. Together with the help of his steadfast crew, Tobey defies odds at every turn on the action-packed gauntlet, his mission of revenge becoming one of redemption. For what Dino does not understand, but which Tobey’s ethics and integrity dictate, is that you never leave a man behind … you always go back.

However to get there in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as contending with a dangerous bounty Dino has put out on his car. With the help of his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first. 

How do I rate this movie?
I rated it 3/5. Need for speed was thrilling and makes you want to own one of this race car. Good story line and keep you interested. Well paced  and I think overall it was a good film to see if you like race cars, action and romance.

Enough said, go watch this full length trailer and lets the cars do the talking. 

Catch this Supercars racing in action in local cinemas on 13 March 2014.


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  1. I think it's better than Fast and the Furious 6 and 7.  It never fail to bore me during the exciting climax specially the death mighty race between Tobey Marshall and Dino Brewster. Therefore, with the excitement given, it make me want to drive like a racer just like in the movie!