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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 list of Hollywood franchises based on videogames pretty much begins and ends with Screen Gems’ “Resident Evil” series. But if Electronic Arts has its way, its Aaron Paul-starrer “Need for Speed,” which throttles into theaters March 14, not only will help DreamWorks launch its first such series but change the way games are translated to the bigscreen.
Having watched adaptations like “Prince of Persia” and “Tomb Raider” fail to live up to their vidgame successes, and projects like “Halo,” “Spy Hunter” and “BioShock” fall by the wayside, EA, the second-largest games publisher behind Activision Blizzard, decided to take more control of the development process.
“We wanted to go (to a studio) with a serious movie proposition,” not just a general offer to license the film rights to a game series, says Patrick O’Brien, EA’s VP of entertainment, who oversees the company’s film projects. “Need for Speed »
- Marc Graser
Stuntman turned director Scott Waugh admits that he had never seen an episode of Breaking Bad – nor had he ever heard of Aaron Paul, before casting the actor as the lead role in his action thriller Need for Speed, though gleefully claims he has become quite the fan of the hit TV series ever since. Waugh, whose previous credit is Act of Valour, picked Paul for the part of Tobey Marshall in the car racing picture for reasons besides Breaking Bad – though admitted it took the help of a certain Steven Spielberg to ensure his dream become a reality.
“I’d never seen Breaking Bad. They brought his name up to play the bad guy when I was looking at actors, and I was like, who’s Aaron Paul? They looked at me like I was some foreign alien. ‘You don’t watch Breaking Bad?’ I was like, ‘I don’t watch television’”, said Waugh. »
- Stefan Pape
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
Plot: A mechanic, framed for a crime he didn't commit by his rival, vows to avenge a friend's death and defeat his enemy at a secret multi-million dollar car race. Review: Car fetishists and appreciators of extremely loud noises will surely get their rocks off during Need For Speed, the film adaptation of the EA video from the director of Act Of Valor. (I think "film adaptation of the EA video game from the director of Act Of Valor" is really all you need to know, but I'll go »
- Eric Walkuski
Need for Speed may have action/stunt director Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) behind the camera and Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul in front of the camera, but make no mistake, the real “stars” of this film are the America muscle cars and European super cars tearing up the road onscreen.
In less than six months, 15 super cars were reproduced for this movie (no studio accountant in their right mind is going to authorize the stunt use of a $1.5 million car) and except for the laughably expensive carbon fiber bodies, all-aluminum engines and super high-end tires, these cars are presented onscreen exactly as they are in real life.
In this list you’ll find the real world specs for each vehicle ...
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- Paul Young
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 »
DreamWorks Pictures just unveiled eight character posters for its upcoming "Need for Speed" movie, which is based on the popular video game franchise. Check out all the posters below. Plot: Framed for a crime he didn't commit, muscle car mechanic and street racer Tobey (Aaron Paul) gets out of prison determined to settle the score with the man (Cooper) responsible for his false conviction. The new movie is directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) and is set to hit theaters on March 14th. Posters: (click to enlarge) »
Eight new character posters from DreamWorks Pictures' Need for Speed are now online and can be viewed below, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies . Directed by Scott Waugh ( Act of Valor ), the high-octane action thriller hits theaters this Friday, March 14. Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever, Need for Speed stars Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson, Scott 'Kid Cudi' Mescudi, Michael Keaton and Dakota Johnson. »
Director: Scott Waugh.
Running Time: 130 minutes.
Synopsis: Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross-country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.
There have been many film adaptations of video games over the years. Let’s list a few: Super Mario Brothers, Double Dragon, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Tomb Raider, Resident Evil, Prince Of Persia and Max Payne. All shoddy, shockingly bad films. In fact, it’s quite difficult to think of a decent video game based movie. It’s difficult because there isn’t one, and a Need For Speed movie comes at a time when there is no need for any more video game adaptations. »
- Paul Heath
After an incredible run on the hit series “Breaking Bad,” Aaron Paul is all revved up and ready to go. His latest feature film Need For Speed puts the actor behind the wheel of a few incredible cars. Paul makes for an impressive leading man in the video game inspired flick. Directed by Scott Waugh (Act Of Valor) the car flick offers up the real deal when it comes to stunts. As well it features an impressive array of co-stars including the lovely Imogen Poots and Dominic »
Review Ryan Lambie 9 Mar 2014 - 09:28
Once upon a time, videogame adaptation Need For Speed could have been a Tom Cruise movie, and not just because its title also happens to be a line from Top Gun. As stand-up comedian Rich Hall once pointed out - brilliantly - in one of his routines, all of Tom Cruise's 80s and 90s movies were broadly the same, and can be summed up thus: “He's a race car driver. A pretty good race car driver, too. Until he has a crisis of confidence and can't race cars anymore. Then he meets a good-looking woman who talks him into being a better race car driver."
The couple drove up the red carpet in the classic blue car before greeting fans and posing for photographers at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.
Model and charity campaigner Parsekian dazzled in a sheer black floor-length dress while Breaking Bad's Paul looked dapper in a three piece suit.
Need for Speed, based on EA's popular racing video game series, sees mechanic Tobey (Paul) in a cross-country race against time, seeking revenge on a rival (Dominic Cooper) who framed him for manslaughter.
Co-stars at the screening included Cooper, Keaton and British actress Poots, looking ethereal in a Grecian-style pale blue Nina Ricci gown. »
For the third weekend in a row, The Lego Movie easily took first place at the domestic box office. Meanwhile, 3 Days to Kill and Pompeii both attracted little interest from moviegoers.The Lego Movie fell 37 percent to an estimated $31.5 million. That's the second-highest third weekend ever for an animated movie behind Shrek 2 ($37.9 million). Through 17 days the movie has earned $183.2 million, and Warner Bros. recently announced that they are moving ahead with a sequel (currently scheduled for Memorial Day 2017). In second place, 3 Days to Kill opened to an estimated $12.3 million. That's a bit lower than The Family, which was the last collaboration between Relativity Media and French producer Luc Besson. It is at least a minor improvement over recent EuropaCorp outings like Colombiana ($10.4 million) and From Paris with Love ($8.2 million). More so than other Besson productions, 3 Days to Kill seemed like a close relative to 2009 hit Taken: both movies »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
With the Need for Speed movie revving its engine ahead of its release next month, Touchstone Pictures has debuted the first clip from the video game adaptation which sees Michael Keaton (RoboCop) getting psyched about "the race before the race" and also features Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul alongside Imogen Poots (Fright Night)....
Framed for a crime he didn’t commit, muscle car mechanic and street racer Tobey (Aaron Paul) gets out of prison determined to settle the score with the man responsible for his false conviction. Tobey tears up the road in a gritty cross-country journey— one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption.
Need for Speed is directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor), and also features Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger), Scott Mescudi (How to Make It in America), Rami Malek (The Pacific), and Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey »
- Gary Collinson
Freestyle Releasing has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Afghanistan combat documentary and set May 23 for a nationwide theatrical release.
Freestyle is touting “Hornet’s Nest” as being in the vein of Relativity’s “Act of Valor” — which grossed $70 million domestically — and Universal’s “Lone Survivior,” which has topped $119 million in the U.S. The film will open in select markets on May 9 and May 16.
The Boettchers spent almost two years covering the American troop surge in Afganistan and are the only father and son to ever win an Emmy for the same news story, having won for ABC News for »
- Dave McNary
Freestyle Releasing has won the battle for U.S. rights to Afghanistan combat film The Hornet's Nest, in which real-life father and son Mike and Carlos Boettcher re-create their time embedded as ABC News correspondents with American forces. Hornet's Nest, made in the same immersive vein as Act of Valor, will open in select theaters May 9 before expanding nationwide May 23, the beginning of the lucrative -- and patriotic-themed -- Memorial Day holiday. David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud directed the feature film, which hopes to emulate the success of Act of Valor, as well as Peter Berg's Lone
- Pamela McClintock
Better late than never, I guess. Cutting it a bit close, DreamWorks Pictures has announced that it will be holding free advanced screenings of director Scott Waugh’s (Act of Valor) racing revenge actioner Need for Speed this Wednesday, February 19th (aka tomorrow) in 100 cities across the country. You must RSVP to the screening by visiting this website, but be aware that seating is limited so these tickets will likely be claimed fast. For those unfamiliar, the pic is an adaptation of the video game of the same name and chronicles a cross-country race against time as a blue-collar mechanic (Aaron Paul) who was framed for manslaughter by a wealthy, arrogant ex-nascar driver (Dominic Cooper) sets out for revenge in a high-stakes underground racing tournament. In addition to the screening, guests will be treated to a live introduction by Waugh, Paul, and co-star Scott Mescudi via satellite. Read the full »
- Adam Chitwood
In a statement, the network says: "Ngc is unfortunately not moving forward with Act of Valor in favor of other scripted projects we have under consideration that will be announced soon." First announced over a year ago, the series was to be produced by both Relativity Media and the Bandito Brothers.
However, there was no formal agreement in place and reportedly creative differences quickly arose between the pair about how the show should be made. As no deal with the Bandito Brothers was reached, the project is now done and dusted.
The original film teamed a group of real-life active-duty Navy Seals with various actors in the story of an attempted rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative, and was said to be based on an actual Navy Seal mission. »
- Garth Franklin
National Geographic Channel isn’t moving forward on its TV adaptation of “Act of Valor.” Announced last October as the cable network’s first scripted series produced with Relativity Television and Tandem Communications, “Act of Valor” was to be based on Relativity’s feature film of the same name. “Ngc is unfortunately not moving forward with ‘Act of Valor’ in favor of other scripted projects we have under consideration that will be announced soon,” a network representative told TheWrap in a statement. Also read: National Geographic, Relativity Team on ‘Act of Valor’ TV Series The series was to be written »
- Jethro Nededog
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