6.5/10
136,576
345 user 323 critic

Need for Speed (2014)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 14 March 2014 (USA)
Trailer
2:30 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $14.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON TV
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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Popularity
712 ( 166)

IMDb at Comic-Con 2016

Visit our Comic-Con section to see what's trending, watch celebrity interviews, follow event coverage, browse cosplay photos, take our Fan IQ quizzes, and more.

Browse IMDb's Guide to Comic-Con

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

RoboCop (2014)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy - a loving husband, father and good cop - is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.

Director: José Padilha
Stars: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Hobbs has Dominic and Brian reassemble their crew to take down a team of mercenaries: Dominic unexpectedly gets convoluted also facing his presumed deceased girlfriend, Letty.

Director: Justin Lin
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Los Angeles police officer Brian O'Connor must decide where his loyalties really lie when he becomes enamored with the street racing world he has been sent undercover to destroy.

Director: Rob Cohen
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez
Furious 7 (2015)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for his comatose brother.

Director: James Wan
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A teenager becomes a major competitor in the world of drift racing after moving in with his father in Tokyo to avoid a jail sentence in America.

Director: Justin Lin
Stars: Lucas Black, Zachery Ty Bryan, Shad Moss
Fast Five (2011)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Dominic Toretto and his crew of street racers plan a massive heist to buy their freedom while in the sights of a powerful Brazilian drug lord and a dangerous federal agent.

Director: Justin Lin
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Brian O'Conner, now working for the FBI in LA, teams up with Dominic Toretto to bring down a heroin importer by infiltrating his operation.

Director: Justin Lin
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Former cop Brian O'Conner is called upon to bust a dangerous criminal and he recruits the help of a former childhood friend and street racer who has a chance to redeem himself.

Director: John Singleton
Stars: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Cole Hauser
Godzilla (2014)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The world is beset by the appearance of monstrous creatures, but one of them may be the only one who can save humanity.

Director: Gareth Edwards
Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When New York is put under siege by Oscorp, it is up to Spider-Man to save the city he swore to protect as well as his loved ones.

Director: Marc Webb
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx
Non-Stop (2014)
Action | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Stars: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.

Director: Jon M. Chu
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Adrianne Palicki
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Anita
Stevie Ray Dallimore ...
...
Alan Pflueger ...
Flyin' Hawaiian
Brian L. Keaulana ...
Right Seater (as Brian Keaulana)
...
'DJ' Joseph
...
Jeny 'B'
Jalil Jay Lynch ...
Jimmy MacIntosh
Edit

Storyline

Framed by an ex-partner for a murder he did not commit, Tobey Marshall, a financially struggling custom-car builder and street-racer, spends two years in jail thinking about one moment. Fresh out of prison he reacquires the fastest car his workshop ever built and sold, and seeks to enter a secretive and extremely high-stakes race known as The DeLeon. His purpose; redemption, recognition from the world of racing and to solve his problems. Yet all this fades in comparison to his driving reason. Revenge. Above all, revenge. This is a story about love, redemption, revenge and motor oil all swirled together, but above all; It's a story about fast, fast cars. Written by Chase Game Reviews

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of reckless street racing, disturbing crash scenes, nudity and crude language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

| | |

Language:

Release Date:

14 March 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Need for Speed: O Filme  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$66,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,844,939 (USA) (14 March 2014)

Gross:

$43,568,507 (USA) (13 June 2014)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The song played in the last scene and closing credits of the film is actually written/performed by Kid Cudi (Scott Mescudi) who plays Benny in the movie. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the race Monarch claims to hear over the police radio the plate on the red Agera is Dino's. If the plate was registered to Dino, how was this missed after the crash that killed Pete. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Monarch: Hey, I've been doing some homework on this kid Tobey Marshall from Mount Kisco. This kid was a phenom. Used to tear up the local circuits. Him and his dad, man, they campaigned like champions. Of course, Mount Kisco had another great, Dino Brewster. You all know Dino. He went on to race in the big leagues at Indy, and Toby just kind of fell through the cracks. Well, here's some news, cretins. Tobey's been running again, and running fast. Real fast, fast as that "Grim Taquito" will ...
See more »

Crazy Credits

The Touchstone, Dreamworks, Reliance Entertainment and EA logos are tinted orange and sped up in some way. See more »

Connections

References People Like Us (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Hero
Written by Scott Mescudi and Skylar Grey
Performed by Scott Mescudi (as Kid Cudi), featuring Skylar Grey
Kid Cudi appears courtesy of Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Skylar Grey appears courtesy of Kid In A Korner/Interscope Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Review: Need For Speed
14 March 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I remember the first time I saw the Fast and the Furious, and how it made me feel after leaving the theatre. By the time the credits rolled, I wanted to get into my car and drive…fast. Unfortunately at the time, I was just barely fourteen years-old and not even able to drive, let alone drive fast. Since then, there have been five more entries to the Fast franchise, a tragic death within the series and an upcoming seventh entry that will no doubt pay homage to the late, great racing action star Paul Walker. Obvious comparisons from this film will be made to the Fast film franchise, but I can assure you that Need for Speed will gracefully race near to, if not speed right in front of the series that made street racing cool.

When was the last time you saw a car fly? Like actually fly? And I'm not talking about the CGI filled James Bond/science-fiction films that show flying cars with wings as the norm in the future. For the first time in a very long time at the movies, I had fun! I held my arms close, my palms were sweaty, and tension was flowing through me like the warm synthetic engine oil of a race car, and it was all thanks to the high-octane energy of Need for Speed.

Based on the famous video game franchise of the same name released in 1994, the film had many hurdles to overcome even before its release; horrible track records among critics and in the box office for video game film adaptations (Super Mario Bros., Doom, Max Payne); direct comparisons to the Fast films; and a television star Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) leading the film. But despite all the hurdles, Need for Speed delivers on its promise for an urgency to entertain, enthral, and perform, giving a whole new realism to the illegal street racing action genre.

Now the word realism can be misconstrued in the context of this review. The disclaimer at the end of the film does state that "many of the stunts performed were done by trained professionals on closed courses", including the actors, who had extensive training with street cars and performance racing. Now when I say realism, there is no way we can explain that word without mentioning director Steve Waugh. Waugh, who was a seasoned stunt performer before he became a director (Act of Valor), on films like Bad Boys II, Spider-Man and The Italian Job, opted for genuine stunt performances from his actors, director of photography, and stuntmen, and mostly abandoned the use of CGI in the film, which gives a slight edge to the longing of danger to be put back into filmmaking.

The video games, which popularized the use of 'first-person racing', put gamers in the driver's seat and revolutionized the way in which racing games were made. Need for Speed may be light on story, completely absurd on intent and plot, and have many two-dimensional characters, but makes up for it in action, thrills, and impulsive entertainment. The film then becomes a blend of buddy comedy/road-trip actioner/hard boiled revenge thriller that will have you rooting for our hero and born underdog Tobey Marshall, with every gear shift and sharp turn ahead.

The film spends a hefty amount of time establishing its characters, especially its lead Tobey Marshall (Paul). A natural behind the wheel but behind on most of his payments on the shop his late father left him in Mt. Kisco, N.Y, Marshall makes up for his payments and barely keeps the shop afloat and his close friends employed through a string of minor street races. After a generous offer from an old acquaintance, pro NASCAR driver and suave bad boy Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper), Marshall sees an opportunity for the business to flourish for him and his group of loyal friends. But after Dino double-crosses Marshall in a race for winner-takes-all, Marshall serves two years in prison, only igniting a burning scheme for vengeance.

Need for Speed spends a dedicated amount of time behind the wheel with it's characters. From the moment Marshall is released from prison, he makes his way to California to the infamous, invite only De Leon street race, held by an anonymous organizer. Desperate to use the last car that he and his team worked on, a 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang that Carroll Shelby reportedly worked on before his eventual death in 2012, a car that produces 800+ horsepower and reaches a max speed of 234mph, Marshall and his team, accompanied by the wealthy investor associate Julia (Imogen Poots) race to an unknown location in search of proving Marshall's innocence and making Brewster pay for the death of his friend.

In addition to the hundreds of cars and parts that were damaged during the production of the film, is the passion and very obvious enjoyment of everyone involved. From Cooper, who has been very open about his excitement to be in a racing film since the beginning of his career, to Paul, who spent months dedicated to stunt driving, Need for Speed is a film that can best be described by its resident veteran franchise patriarch Michael Keaton, a film that was "born to ride".


68 of 131 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This was Truly AWFUL!!!!! chogms1
Seriously - 236 mph on the track? Tzaddiq
This movie had tons of car porn... cyguration
Based on the Video Game series? enim238
Aaron Paul Cypherven
Monarch = Super Soul from Vanishing Point shahzebsaeed
Discuss Need for Speed (2014) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?