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Need for Speed (2014)

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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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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: O Filme 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

When Finn (Rami Malek) picks up his phone at his workplace in Detroit, it says Joe Peck on the caller ID. There is actually a Detroit policeman who is Joe Peck that worked in the area they were filming at the time. See more »

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When Dino is briefing the crew about the Mustang he wants them to build, he mentions a Gran Torino, and notions towards the blue Ford Tobey drove in the race. If he's talking about the same car, he is mistaken, because said Ford is a 1969 Torino. The Gran Torino trim level was announced in 1972. See more »

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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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Crazy Credits

SPOILER: Benny teaches other inmates how to twerk dance in military prison during the closing credits. See more »

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I'm not even sure why I'm giving this a four. Really.
14 March 2014 | by OrangeFlamingoSee all my reviews

Oh boy. Where to even start.

I suppose that first off I had way better expectations because I was a HUGE fan of Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad, considering it one of the most brilliant shows I have ever seen. I was let down. Thankfully, he wasn't the worst actor in this film. Every single other person was.

This is the first film I've seen that Imogen Poots had a lead role in, and I will probably never see one again. There were a couple of parts that I had hope for her, but it only lasted a few seconds until I was questioning if this was the first film she's ever been in. I was also unimpressed by Kid Cudi (Scott Mescudi)'s performance. He is one of my all time favorite music artists and that is definitely what he should stick to, music. I guess it's not really his fault that the script was so awful and he was required to recite "joke" after "joke" that they were trying SO HARD to make funny (failed immensely), but I figured he'd have the balls to say "I'm not reading this crap on camera." As far as the other actors and actresses, it would be a waste of my time to even say anything about them, because it is nothing good. I don't even want to get started on Michael Keaton's washed-up performance.

The entire movie flip flops between emotional scenes (which are anything but) and action scenes. None of this flows at all. The scenes where you're supposed to feel some kind of connection between characters does not succeed. Nothing builds you up to them and they're all really awkward and you will feel no differently about anyone or anything going on in the film. The action scenes seem like they were thought up last minute and felt very rushed. It was like they had a five minute time limit on each one or else someone was going to murder their family.

I guess one positive thing was the visuals, which were alright. That's probably where this movie is getting rated anything above a seven, it's from the gear heads (no offense to anybody.) There were some pretty bad ass cars that were nice to look at and some of the action scenes were done nicely (looked nice) aside from feeling hurried.

To wrap this up, this is one of the cheesiest and most predictable movies I have ever seen. I called everything that was going to happen in almost every scene because it's been done hundreds of times in hundreds of films, all executed in the same way. I'm still not sure why the synopsis starts with "fresh from prison" because how prison affected his life is touched nowhere in the movie. I know that isn't a big deal but for some reason that just bugs me.

If you must see this movie, make sure someone else is paying or you have a free rental up for grabs from your local video store.


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