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Need for Speed (2014)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 14 March 2014 (USA)
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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.

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Scott Waugh

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George Gatins (screenplay), George Gatins (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Paul ... Tobey Marshall
Dominic Cooper ... Dino Brewster
Imogen Poots ... Julia Maddon
Kid Cudi ... Benny
Rami Malek ... Finn
Ramon Rodriguez ... Joe Peck
Harrison Gilbertson ... Little Pete
Dakota Johnson ... Anita
Stevie Ray Dallimore Stevie Ray Dallimore ... Bill Ingram
Michael Keaton ... Monarch
Alan Pflueger Alan Pflueger ... Flyin' Hawaiian
Brian L. Keaulana Brian L. Keaulana ... Right Seater (as Brian Keaulana)
Logan Holladay ... 'DJ' Joseph
Carmela Zumbado ... Jeny 'B'
Jalil Jay Lynch ... Jimmy MacIntosh
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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 Written by Chase Game Reviews

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Need for Speed See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$66,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,844,939, 16 March 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$43,577,636

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$203,277,636
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Riley Keough auditioned for the role of Julia. 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. 1. No witnesses that saw the red Agera, or a "third car." 2. The "owners" had reported "2 cars" stolen 7 minutes before the crash, not 3. Not a plot hole insomuch as it's typical shoddy police work, which is not about justice or truth, but the appearance of, and they had one in custody, one in the morgue and 2 stolen cars. 2 and 2 make 4, time for donuts. See more »

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[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 ...
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The opening logos are tinted orange and sped up in some way. See more »

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Featured in Film '72: Episode dated 5 March 2014 (2014) See more »

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Silly and predictable, but plenty of fun.
12 March 2014 | by BrentHankinsSee all my reviews

Ever since the popularity of video games skyrocketed in the 1980s, Hollywood has been trying to cash in on the craze by bringing well-known franchises to the big screen. While some adaptations have come close to getting it right (Silent Hill is probably the best), most video games movies have been absolutely terrible, with Super Mario Bros. and Street Fighter: The Movie serving as a shining example of what not to do.

With a well-documented history of failed projects, the expectations surrounding Need for Speed couldn't be much lower - after all, it's based on a decades-old franchise about illegal street racing, featuring a young cast that remains unproven at the box office - but what the film lacks in storytelling and character development is more than compensated for, thanks to the action behind the wheel.

Two years after being framed for the death of a friend, Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) is released from prison with revenge on his mind. His target is Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper), the shady professional racer that put Tobey in jail and Tobey's friend in a coffin. Taking down Dino will mean beating him at his own game, a top-secret race featuring the world's most elite drivers, and hosted by the mysterious Monarch (Michael Keaton).

With less than two days to get from New York to California before the race begins, Tobey embarks on a cross-country trek that features plenty of jaw-dropping moments, made even more thrilling by director Scott Waugh's insistence that all driving stunts be performed by real drivers in real cars. This adds an extra layer of tension that's sorely missing from the Fast and Furious series (to which Need for Speed is destined to be compared), and the film's best moments come courtesy of E-brake drifts, squealing tires, and near collisions.

Despite its paper-thin plot and many, many failed attempts at humor, Need for Speed still works thanks to the generous amount of high-octane action sequences, and the undeniable charisma of Aaron Paul. Skeptics may not have believed that Paul could distance himself from his Jesse Pinkman persona, but he delivers a strong performance that should put him on the radar for future action roles.

Need for Speed is one of the better attempts at translating a popular video game into a big screen experience, with the practical stunts and real-world action serving as a nice counterbalance to Fast and Furious's ever-increasing ridiculousness. Its silliness, predictability and over- inflated running time keep it from being a truly great movie, but it's still a hell of a lot of fun.

-- Brent Hankins, www.nerdrep.com


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