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The new film Need for Speed is strictly for those with a need for speed. If you have a need for good story lines, or perhaps a need for believable drama, you will not find it in this film. However, if you are a fan of the Fast & Furious series fan that lives for fast, incredible race cars, and completely adore Aaron Paul (Jessie from Breaking Bad), then you may really dig this film.
Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) is a street car racer that is trying to save his auto shop. With the banks wanting to put his business into foreclosure, Tobey is forced to take an incredible money making job renovating a car by his longtime nemesis Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). This ends up going bad with a loss that ultimately lands Marshall in prison. After serving his term he has a score to settle and stops at nothing »
- Betsy Russo
On the Road Again: Waugh’s Woeful Film an Offending Lemon
Leaving behind the galvanizing propaganda of his Navy SEALs plugged film debut, Act of Valor, director Scott Waugh turns to the EA video games inspired action effort, Need for Speed, featuring poster art that promises the vacuous action frenzy that those disappointed in the art-house beauty of Drive were so monotonously seeking. Moviegoers intent on getting their chuckles from glossy actions sequences, like elaborate car chases and shit blowing up everywhere, may find some solace in this charade, but even those high octane thrills feel comparatively lackluster (one has to laugh at the homage to Bullitt, which is shown playing at a drive-thru in the lengthy set-up, a classic that features one of the best car chase sequences ever put to film, of which this film can’t compare).
Waugh has a penchant for sacred homosocial spaces, and, »
- Nicholas Bell
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Engines, motor oil, love. Now playing is DreamWorks' take on the Fast & Furious franchise as the video game adaptation Need for Speed, made by stuntman-turned-director Scott Waugh (of Act of Valor), starring Aaron Paul from "Breaking Bad" and Dominic Cooper from The Devil's Double and Captain America. The cast also includes Imogen Poots, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson and Dakota Johnson. So how did the latest car racing action movie turn out? Is it any good, or just another VFX mess? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Need for Speed. Note: I haven't been able to see the film yet, as I haven't been invited to any screenings before release. In the meantime, to start the engine and open up the discussion anyway, here's an excerpt from my friend Germain's mostly positive review on SlashFilm: "Despite some issues, »
- Alex Billington
New Need For Speed movie received mostly bad reviews from major critics. DreamWorks Pictures released their new action flick, "Need For Speed" into theaters this weekend, and the top movie critics have submitted their reviews. Unfortunately, for the film, it seems that most of the reviews doesn't fall in its favor, getting an overall 38 score out of a 100 across 27 reviews at Metacritic.com. We posted a few snippets from some of the critics (below). The movie stars: Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson, Scott 'Kid Cudi' Mescudi, Michael Keaton, and Dakota Johnson. Bill Zwecker at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 63 score, stating, "The best parts of Need for Speed are the actual racing and chasing sequences — a true thrill ride for the audience as the story unfolds." Michael Phillips at the Chicago Tribune, gave it another 63. He stated: "When the actors are in cars, »
It’s okay to sniff at Need for Speed at first glance. After all, Aaron Paul did. The Breaking Bad star admitted that making a racing movie based on a popular video game didn’t sound like a shrewd career move at first. But then he read the script: “I could relate to this character,” he told EW in January. “I kind of had a personal connection with Tobey Marshall, the guy I play. And it’s very character driven. It’s very story driven. It has a lot of grit and lot of heart. Just so much emotion, and »
- Jeff Labrecque
Based on the hugely popular video game series, Need for Speed chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey that begins as a mission for revenge, but ultimately proves to be one of redemption. When Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) is framed for the death of a friend, his focus on vengeance leads him to want to tear down his enemies, at any cost. From director Scott Waugh, who pulled off some incredible practical car stunts and race scenes, the film also stars Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi, Dakota Johnson and Michael Keaton. During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Dominic Cooper (who plays the wealthy and pompous Dino Brewster) talked about what made him want to sign on for the film, the excitement of living out a childhood dream by getting to drive fast cars, how he could never personally own a car as expensive as the ones in the film, »
- Christina Radish
Written by George Gatins
Directed by Scott Waugh
The new film Need for Speed does not deserve its lead actor, as he proves in a number of the dramatic moments. Even those audience members not familiar with Aaron Paul’s outstanding work on the AMC drama Breaking Bad would likely notice the straining-at-the-seams emotional style he brings to his character here, which is somewhat unexpected in a movie that essentially wants to kickstart its own The Fast and the Furious-esque franchise. Those movies, like Need for Speed, boast plenty of pedal-to-the-metal street racing, outrageous stunts, beautiful women, more racing, more stunts, and so on. Need for Speed, however, tries too hard to be a real, grounded story of revenge and hate, too often tippling over into melodrama.
Paul plays Tobey Marshall, a mechanic presented with a tantalizing offer by an old racing foe, Dino Brewster »
- Josh Spiegel
Need for Speed, I’ve seen all the Fast & Furious films. I know the Fast & Furious films. The Fast & Furious films are friends of mine. Need for Speed, you’re no Fast & Furious. The name may come from the popular video game franchise, but director Scott Waugh and his cohorts are unmistakably shooting for a piece of that F&F pie. Unfortunately, this movie doesn’t have a tenth of the brazenness, the chewy homoeroticism, or the un-self-conscious fun of even the least of its inspirations (no, it’s not even better than the fourth F&F). Aaron Paul plays Tobey Marshall, a mechanic and street racing savant who, through a series of unnecessarily complicated events, gets framed for vehicular manslaughter. As soon as he steps out of prison, he breaks parole and heads off to take revenge on the one who wronged him: former friend Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). Rather than taking a tire iron to »
- Dan Schindel
Need for Speed is junk. You're going to read reviews telling you how great the racing scenes are, because there are some genuinely exciting sequences featuring cars going fast. Great, what else do you have for mec Forget logic, this film doesn't even have its own internal logic, which is paramount for a feature where people sign up for a race where the winner wins his competitors' multi-million dollar cars, but what good is the prize if they are all in ruin by the checkered flagc A ragged plot, thin characters, a villain (Dominic Cooper) that may as well be a Hanna Barbera character and Michael Keaton explaining every aspect of the plot... To whomc From wherec Who is this guy and how does any of this make sensec "I'm not looking for logic!" you say. "I'm looking for cars going vroom, vroom and cop cars going whew, whew!" Well, »
- Brad Brevet
A good hero should always have somebody to watch their back. This is the case in the new Aaron Paul flick Need For Speed. Scott Mescudi, Ramon Rodriguez and Rami Malek definitely give Paul a ton of help as he drives across country dodging bad guys and police to prove his innocence. The three actors add a ton of energy and humor into the mix alongside Imogen Poots and Dominic Cooper. Recently, when I sat down with Mescudi, Rodriguez and Malek we discussed the instant connection between cast »
On March 14th, DreamWorks will bring Need For Speed to theatres. Based on the popular EA video game franchise of the same name, the film stars Aaron Paul as Tobey Marshall, a hard working auto mechanic who finds himself framed for a crime that he did not commit. After serving his time in prison, he sets out on to get revenge on the man who took away several years of his life.
Of course, fast cars, riveting races, gravity-defying stunts and excellent performances populate the film, making it an enjoyable thrill ride that should be able to bring in respectable box office numbers. After all, this is Aaron Paul’s first major lead role in a movie and his first on-screen appearance since Breaking Bad ended. His involvement alone will be enough to draw people into the theatre.
Last weekend, a press junket was held for Need for Speed in »
- Jami Philbrick
DreamWorks Pictures’ Need For Speed marks 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. Recently, Wamg sat down with stars Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots for a small roundtable discussion of the film with a few other members of the press. While there, we discussed Imogen’s lack of a drivers license, the crazy stunt work, and yes… ‘Breaking Bad’. Check it out below.
Tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing, Need For Speed chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, “Need for Speed” captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting, »
- Melissa Howland
Need for Speed straddles the line between a fun, full-throttled ode to reckless car classics and a relentlessly cheesy redemption tale that has all the nuance and intelligence of the video game it is adapted from. It also marks the first leading big-screen turn for Aaron Paul – unless you count his terrific work in the little-seen Smashed. The Breaking Bad actor is magnetic as the beleaguered, blue-collar protagonist who likes to zoom through city avenues in his Gran Torino. Unfortunately though, a limp and ludicrous screenplay ensures that Need for Speed is a bumpy road that not even the smoothest actor or director could make through without lending their careers a scratch.
Paul plays Tobey Marshall, the lone descendent in a family with an established racing legacy, although he does not quite have the prowess to race in the big leagues. Instead, Tobey works as a mechanic at a garage owned by his late father. »
- Jordan Adler
The action-packed video game adaptation Need for Speed is racing into theaters this weekend, and we have most of the cast, the director, and the stunt coordinator lined-up for a series of exclusive interviews that promise to take fans on the road and behind the scenes of this hi-octane adventure. Starring Aaron Paul in his first appearance since Breaking Bad ended, the actor joins our very own Ryan J. Downey, as well as co-stars Rami Malek, Ramon Rodriguez and Scott Mescudi for an intense exploration of this can't-miss action-packed thriller. Take a look.
Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, DreamWorks Pictures' Need for Speed captures the thrills of the game in a real-world setting. An exciting return to the great car-culture films of the 1960s and '70s, when authenticity brought a new level of intensity to the action, Need for Speed »
To say that “Need for Speed” is one of the better movies derived from a videogame source may not sound like much of an endorsement given the competition (“Street Fighter,” “Tekken,” “Super Mario Bros.”), but it’s an apt description of this mash note to the American muscle car in which high-flying stuntwork routinely trumps plot, plausibility or particularly memorable characters. The “Fast and Furious” franchise has nothing much to worry about, but as long as the engines are humming and the gears are grinding — which is most of the time — “Need” is modest, diverting fun that should have at least a couple of good box office laps in it before “Divergent” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” muscle it off the track.
- Scott Foundas
This Thursday evening, DreamWorks Pictures' Need for Speed races into theaters, bringing to the big screen the high-octane world of the hit Electronic Arts video game franchise with a cast that includes Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson, Scott 'Kid Cudi' Mescudi, Michael Keaton and Dakota Johnson. What's more, it has Act of Valor 's stuntman-turned-director Scott Waugh at the helm and he's very clear that CGI stunts have absolutely no place in Need for Speed . Paul stars as Tobey Marshall, a born-to-race mechanic who winds up losing more than he ever thought possible to the villainous Dino Brewster (Cooper). Framed for a manslaughter charge, Marshall is sent to prison to plot his revenge. His plan will ultimately take »
We've got quite a few new character posters up for your viewing pleasure for DreamWorks' "Need for Speed," starring Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Scott Mescudi, Dakota Johnson, Harrison Gilbertson and Michael Keaton. Scott Waugh directs the film from DreamWorks Pictures which opens on March 14th, 2014. George Gatins wrote the script as well as the story alongside John Gatins, based on the video game series created by Electronic Arts. DreamWorks Pictures’ “Need for Speed” marks 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 »
“A girl lives among us. She will change the world. If she survives.”
So begins the pilot of Believe, created by newly crowned Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón and executive produced by Jj Abrams (dream team, amirite?). It’s a show that NBC is pushing to do well — they’ve given its premiere the prime post-Voice spot in hopes of drawing in viewers — and also the network’s apparent answer to what would happen if Touch and Person of Interest had a baby (kind of). Since I like both Cuarón and Abrams a whole lot, I was inclined to go into »
- Andrea Towers
Check out the latest and greatest posters for the following films: Transformers: Age of Extinction - An international poster featuring star Li Bingbing. Also starring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, T.J. Miller, Titus Welliver, Han Geng, and Sophia Myles, Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction opens June 27th. Need for Speed - Eight character posters featuring Aaron Paul, Dakota Johnson, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Scott Mescudi, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson, and Ramon Rodriguez. Also starring Michael Keaton, Scott Waugh's Need for Speed opens March 14th. Godzilla - This limited edition poster will be given away at the film's SXSW 2014 screening. Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, and David Strathairn, Gareth Edwards' Godzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th. Hit the jump to take a look. First up from TFW2005 (via Cbm »
- Dave Trumbore
The eight main characters in Need for Speed are put on display in a new series of posters, featuring Aaron Paul as Tobey Marshall, Dakota Johnson as Anita, Dominic Cooper as Dino Brewster, Imogen Poots as Julia Maddon, Scott Mescudi a.k.a. Kid Cudi as Benny, Rami Malek as Finn, Harrison Gilbertson as Little Pete and Ramon Rodriguez as Joe Peck. The story follows Tobey as he enlists the help of Julia and friends Benny, Finn and Joe to drive across the country for an elite race, and to get their revenge on the duplicitous Dino. Check out these one-sheets before director Scott Waugh's high-octane video game adaptation hits theaters March 14.
Need for Speed comes to theaters March 14th, 2014 and stars Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi, Rami Malek, Ramon Rodriguez, Harrison Gilbertson, Dakota Johnson. The film is directed by Scott Waugh. »
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