NEED FOR SPEED: THE REVIEW

NEED FOR SPEED – based on a computer game, Fast and Furious 12?, Jesse Pinkman’s revenge film? Fast cars, hot chicks, rule breaking, bad example for youth, dumb dudes making even dumber decisions and dumb chicks falling for them. Predictable as all hell. BLOODY AWESOME. I LOVED THIS FILM.

Based on the most successful racing video game franchise of all time with over 140 million copies sold, DreamWorks Pictures’ NEED FOR SPEED captures the thrills of the game in a real-world setting. An exciting return to the great car-culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when authenticity brought a new level of intensity to the action, NEED FOR SPEED taps into what makes the American myth of the open road so enticing. The story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country race against time, one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. In a last attempt to save his struggling garage, blue-collar mechanic Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), who with his team skillfully builds and races muscle cars on the side, reluctantly partners with wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). Just as a major sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save the business, a disastrous, unsanctioned race results in Dino framing Tobey for manslaughter.

 

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Need for Speed – Movie Poster

 

I am no computer game player, if we exclude my three year addiction to World of Warcraft, but it is pretty obvious what this one is about, it is just about racing cars really fast, no doubt on the run from the law, there has to be someone with a helicopter or plane in it and it has limited character development. Well, while the game may be fun, the move was bloody brilliant. I cannot view films and review them by comparing them to each other as released, I mean how can I review this film on the same scale as 12 YEARS A SLAVE – for that film you rate it on an Oscar scale, the scale of superb film making and elevated skills and acting that make it a film that will effect your soul, as in you rate the film on what it is trying to achieve and what its goals were. This film, NEED FOR SPEED, you rate it the same as that but without comparison, this film isn’t trying to be an Oscar winner, it is setting out to be one of the best car films out there. It is a film that requires little thinking but for 2hrs and 10mins will have you glued to the screen and sitting on the edge of your seat.

 

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Need for Speed – Harrison Gilbertson and Aaron Paul

 

I love Aaron Paul, I have never seen a character, Jesse Pinkman (Breaking Bad), screwed over so bad, I have never had so much need to nurture and hope for the best for a character, and that care for a character has been branded on the actor and when I heard he was headlining this film I was ecstatic. The film can even be viewed as “Pinkman 5yrs on” :). There is no huge efforts of acting, no awards will be forthcoming but you love pretty much all the characters. Tobey Marshall’s (Paul) entire posse is just sensational and the bonding and teamwork effort of this crew make the film fun. OK, you will work out the fate of “Little Pete” in the first 5mins of the film – it was so obvious it was near laughable. But Harrison Gilbertson was great as “Little Pete”. Funnily enough I predicted this kid would go really far when I reviewed him in BENEATH HILL 60, even more funny is that he was used for the same thing in that film also – better still, another Aussie on the rise in Hollywood :).

Imogen Poots is superb as Julia, the woman with balls bigger than most of the boys in the film, I loved her and she was the perfect match for Aaron Paul. Their chemistry was sizzling. Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek and Kid Cudi all great. Dominic Cooper looks so good in black and bad guys love to wear black, he does it well. And my month is being made with Michael Keaton in film. His character, Monarch, is great, there is some definite channeling of Beetlejuice in there, or at least the lunacy he had with that character.

 

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Need for Speed – Imogen Poots

 

The director, Scott Waugh, is a man from a stunt background, I mean this guy has performed stunts or choreographed them in films from Hook, The Last of the Mohicans all the way to Bruce Almighty and Mrs and Mrs Smith. His first directing gig was ACT OF VALOR, which I found just woeful but which was a war film using real marines and was quite heavy on action and lacking on anything else. But his background is no bullshit action, and he does action in this film so well. The car chase scenes and most of the action are ALL REAL, those were stunts taking place. According to Waugh, the cast all took stunt driving lessons. In the scene where Toby returns to Little Pete’s crashed car, Aaron Paul repeatedly skidded 15′ short of his mark because he was afraid of hitting the director, who was filming the shot. Waugh told Paul to TRY to hit him. Waugh had someone holding his belt, and told him to pull him out of the way, but only if he was hit. Paul did the shot on the next take, coming within 2″ of hitting the camera. In one continuous take, the Koenigsegg does a 4 wheel drift right up to the camera, with a closeup of Aaron Paul’s face in the window, then Paul jumping out of the car. It is beautifully choreographed and at the time I wondered if it was CGI.

The film had definite throwbacks to car chase films of the 60s, 70s and 80s, there was some Cannonball Run moments there for me, although not as humorous without Burt. The film even had an 80s feel to it for me. It was like a car chasing Point Break, without the undercover dude and surfing. The music by Nathan Furst definitely channels an 80s theme throughout the film. The cars, OMG, the cars, they are so sexy. Koenigseggs, McLarens, Lamborghinis, Mustangs and Maseratis were a full on turn on for me hahaha and I am no car guy. I drive a Renault Kangoo 1.5L van for crying out loud but OMG I want one of these, with Aaron Paul in it please 🙂

 

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Need for Speed – Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper

 

The film requires absolutely no thinking, it has some totally preposterous moments, but that is what makes it so good, it is not ashamed of that and is not trying to be anything other than a car action movie with high speed and bad examples for kids. It will immediately be compared to Fast and Furious but, sorry Paul Walker, I preferred this, it was more fun and more realistic. I took great mate Carrie to the screening, and she thought it was close on perfect, she was on a high at the end and was stoked at the action, limited thinking, comedy and the film as a whole. Her first words were “5 out of 5” – so I said to her “so a perfect film then?” she downgraded to a 4/5 – but you get the point, she loved it.

I have to mention one scene that came out of nowhere, that has a dog, I jumped so high I thought I had dislocated my knee. Scared the bloody crap out of me. I hope it gets you too. This is no award winner and requires a huge bucket of popcorn, but if you want some nonsensical action with hot funny dudes and chicks, Michael Keaton being awesome and cars that make you horny then GET TICKETS TO THIS ASAP. It is releasing on March 13th at most commercial cinemas, is currently not rated but I would go with M (at this stage) and runs for approximately 130mins. Now start chanting “sequel, sequel, sequel”.

 

JK’S POP SCORE: 

4 Pops

KERNEL ADAM’S POP SCORE:

3 Pops