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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
Disney and DreamWorks’ high-octane video game adaptation Need For Speed hits theaters this weekend and its major selling point – outside of the video game brand recognition and sexy supercars – is what it offers in terms of action. Where the Fast & Furious franchise, and most action-heavy blockbusters increasingly rely on special effects and CGI work to realize exciting set pieces, Need For Speed offers something different.
On our visit to the set of Need For Speed we saw examples of what the film’s stunt drivers, stunt coordinator Lance Gilbert and director Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) in action. Gilbert and Waugh come from stunt-heavy backgrounds and families, making them worthy candidates of bringing the experience of playing Need For Speed games to the big screen, in real and believe way.
Don Kaye had the chance to catch up with the pair at the Need For ...
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- Rob Keyes
Scott Waugh is a director who seems to love to put the real thing in his flicks. Whether it was the actors in 2012’s Act Of Valor or the cars in Need For Speed, the director likes a little realism. In the Aaron Paul starrer, there is an abundance of stunts and car crashes for fans of old school car movies. He also gives a little love to the Steve McQueen classic Bullitt when you see it playing in a drive-in in his latest feature. Recently I sat down with the director as well as »
Video game adaptation Need for Speed starts its engines this weekend, though it faces tough competition from holdovers 300: Rise of An Empire and Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Don't count out Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club, which could also factor in.Meanwhile, the Veronica Mars movie opens in nearly 300 theaters, and Jason Bateman's Bad Words debuts in six locations ahead of its nationwide release on March 28th.Need for Speed is the latest in a long line of video game adaptations, most of which have disappointed at the box office. Only one*2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider*has earned over $100 million domestically, and movies like Max Payne ($40.7 million), Hitman ($39.7 million) and Doom ($28.2 million) all failed to connect outside of the gamer audience.In what could be an acknowledgement of the limitations of the genre, Disney's marketing department has avoided making the video game connection with Need for Speed. »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
It’s another testosterone-driven weekend at the multiplexes as the video game-turned-movie Need for Speed faces off against last week’s reigning box office conqueror 300: Rise of an Empire.
The question is whether or not Aaron Paul, beloved as the tragic Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad, can carry a movie. The idea of a star-driven film is a bit of an outdated mentality, but choosing Paul to lead a fairly expensive action pic was at turns unconventional and bold. It’s also a lot of pressure, especially if DreamWorks and EA are eyeing a potential franchise in the vein »
- Lindsey Bahr
"Need For Speed" is several different movies at once, and most of them are very stupid. There is a rumor that George Gatins wrote the script for this film, but I find that hard to believe after sitting through the film. Sure, there are some people and there are some things that happen to them, but the only real reason the studio gave director Scott Waugh cameras was so he could film some admittedly amazing car stunt sequences. Waugh earns his action credibility honestly. He comes from a family of stunt performers, and he's been doing stunts in film since the early '90s himself. When he says that he wanted to make an ode to the great stunt driving movies like "Bullitt" or "The Blues Brothers" or "Smokey and the Bandit," I take him at his word. There are some very well-shot and well-staged car scenes in the film, »
- Drew McWeeny
Thinks it’s poetical and epic, and the more dramatic it thinks it’s being, the more hilariously histrionic it all is. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s a Fast & Furious ripoff! No, wait, it’s based on a popular videogame!
Which one makes Need for Speed sound more junky and more calculated to trick audiences into parting with their hard-earned cash? Cuz: that one.
And if throwing away 2D dollars on this doesn’t thrill you enough, know that the 3D version was created in postproduction– which never, never looks good — as an extra bonus cash grab. If you want to feel like you’re driving a car in 3D, you could just go drive a car.
There’s no story and no characters in the Electronic Arts series of games this »
- MaryAnn Johanson
This weekend, "Need for Speed" barrels recklessly into theaters nationwide.
The adaptation of the popular video game series stars Aaron Paul as a man who was framed for murder and locked away. Once he gets out he plots his revenge, which of course involves taking part in a dangerous, cross-country road rally (as most post-prison revenge plots do).
The movie was directed by Scott Waugh, a former stuntman turned filmmaker who turned the low budget Navy Seal movie "Act of Valor" into a sleeper hit, and who was personally chosen for this gig by some guy named Steven Spielberg (never heard of him). Joining him on this four-wheeled free-for-all is stunt supervisor Lance Gilbert, who has been a part of so many amazing action movies (including one of the "Fast and Furious" joints) that his resume might be even more jaw-dropping than the things he's able to achieve on screen. »
- Drew Taylor
This weekend, Aaron Paul is fresh out of prison and looking for revenge in "Need for Speed," Kristen Bell returns to "Veronica Mars" in the film adaptation of the cult hit television show, and Jason Bateman directs himself in the profanity-laced comedy "Bad Words."
"Need for Speed" stars Aaron Paul as Tobey Marshall, a street racer out for revenge. Recently released from prison, Marshall joins a cross country race to get close to the target of his vengeance, ex-partner, Dino Brewster, but his Brewster has already learned of his plan and places a massive bounty on his head. Directed by Scott Waugh ("Act of Valor"), the film stars Dominic Cooper and Scott Mescudi (Kid Cudi) in supporting roles.
- Jonny Black
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
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