Am back with another film review, and ill be doing this one on Need For Speed (2014), directed by Scott Waugh. Need for Speed is pretty self explanatory, its full of action, crime, drama, with a hint of romance. This film contains some fairly new faces, for example the leads are Aaron Paul (27th august 1979, 34) playing Tobey and Imogen Poots (3rd June 1989, 24) playing Julia. For those of you who watch the TV series breaking bad (2008-2013) will recognise Aaron Paul as ‘Jesse’. Imogen Poots have also appeared in some recent films such as Fright Night (2011).
Right so some basic facts about the film itself. Need for Speed is Based on the most successful racing video game franchise, sold over 140 million copies. DreamWorks Pictures brings the thrill of the game into the real life. The film itself had a budget of 66 million dollars. Which is alright I suppose considering the film contains absolutely no CGI whatsoever. Which is pretty impressive because all the races and stunts are indeed real and live. For those who have watched the film, these will stun you, as there are many stunts and crashes that take place, that are tragic and brilliant.
As far as my opinion goes, for me the best scene/stunt is ‘the Grasshopper’.
The way Tobey and Julia fly across from one road to another is absolutely impeccable. I watched the movie in 3D, which made the entire stunt more insane and exhilarating than it would have in 2D. They only had one chance to do the shot using 28 cameras from every single angle imaginable in order to capture every second of the stunt and evidently they pulled off an amazing and extraordinary shot of the most thrilling and jaw-dropping stunt in car action history.
What makes this stunt even more awesome is the fact that they use the rare Carroll Shelby designed Ford Mustang (which Toby and his crew fix up). The cars them selves play a big part in the film, although I don’t have a single grain of knowledge in cars and racing, for those who are into cars an racing it is an very extraordinary experience, as they are able to feel the thrill, the rush of those rare cars. Even for me to see these rare beauties, such as the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento in action put me at the edge of my seat (which is a good thing)
It’s a fact that when producers design to turn a game into a film, there is always a risk of ruining the game for the fans; a good example of a game turned to film perfectly is Tomb Raider. So the decision to make Need for Speed into a movie must have been a very risky decision, however with Scotts background in stunts in movies such as Spider man, Act of Valor, and Step into Liquid I would imagine anyone else to take up the job, he is the best at him job.
As far as the story line goes, I wont reveal too much BUT, and this a very big but, I couldn’t help but compare it to fast and furious where ‘Jesse’ (Chad Lindberg) dies leading Dominic (Vin Diesel) on the path of revenge. Similarly, here Little Pete (Harrison Gilbertson) is killed during a race by Dino (Dominic Cooper) leading Tobey to the road of revenge and justice.
To conclude, I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone, its well worth the watch, but in 3D for a better experience. The film is very fast paced and there’s action at every corner so there isn’t a single dull moment. It contains a lot of emotions as the whole race is based on justice and vengeance, however it is nice to see Tobey managing through all the struggle of his fathers death and heartbreak. I also love how the chemistry between Tobey and Julia, and how their love develops over their road trip. Overall, I give Need for Speed four and half stars.