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Need for Speed Review


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#1 of 11 OFFLINE   Yavin

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Posted March 14 2014 - 06:51 AM

To address the elephant in the room: film adaptations based on videogames have a less-than-illustrious history — but if we're being completely honest, a lot of them are flat out terrible. In between the two extremes of being a slave to the original property and reimagining it radically differently, Need for Speed falls somewhere in the middle. There are times when the racing sequences evolve out of the narrative, moving with the ebb and flow of the storytelling, but there are also instances where it feels disjoint from the plot. All told, the film doesn't quite carry the dramatic heft that some of the performances are meant to convey, but it's far from being another Super Mario Bros. Even though the script has its cookie-cutter moments, the cast does an admirable job of selling the story with both emotion and humor, thanks to the charming back-and-forth dynamic between leads Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots — which keeps their scenes in the Shelby entertaining, even when they're not engaging in vehicular mayhem on their cross-country road trip — and the comic relief provided by pals Mescudi, Malek and Rodriguez. But ultimately, these are all merely diversions from the film's real focus, which is firmly on the driving. And in this respect, Need for Speed delivers on its promise of authenticity in spades.

 

3.5 out of 5. Surprise, a videogame adaptation that isn't horrible! The storyline itself has its moments, and the film's leads are charming, but if you come for the cars, the driving and the stunt work, you won't be disappointed.

 

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#2 of 11 OFFLINE   Aaron Silverman

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Posted March 14 2014 - 10:37 AM

My kid wants to see this. . .what was the sex 'n' violence level?


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#3 of 11 OFFLINE   Yavin

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Posted March 14 2014 - 10:50 AM

I'm trying hard to remember (as it was nearly a month ago that I saw this), but I don't recall any sex whatsoever in the film (not even anything suggestive, really -- unless you count a funny scene where one of Tobey's friends strips down to his birthday suit before quitting his job).

 

As for violence, there's only an off-screen death and a couple of punches being thrown. The extent of the violence amounts to vehicular damage and some bruised egos.


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#4 of 11 OFFLINE   Chuck Anstey

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Posted March 14 2014 - 12:01 PM

Is the movie real cars with real stunts or a significant amount of CGI?



#5 of 11 OFFLINE   Yavin

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Posted March 14 2014 - 12:49 PM

Yes, real cars and real stunt work all the way through. That's actually a big aspect of how this movie is being promoted. I touch on this in my review as well.


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#6 of 11 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted March 16 2014 - 10:36 AM

Obviously, the main draw for this film is exotic cars going really fast, and not always at lawful speeds on the roads.  The framework plot was serviceable, though predictable, but with enough funny bits to keep the film moving.  Aaron Paul continues his streak of being a good cryer, and brought enough charisma to the role of Tobey.  At least the film doesn't skimp on the consequences side of such driving exploits with these awesomely fast cars.

 

I give it 2.75 stars, or a grade of B-.


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#7 of 11 OFFLINE   Brian Dobbs

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Posted March 19 2014 - 10:56 AM

Would like to see this.



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Posted March 20 2014 - 08:34 PM

Gumball Rally rises again.


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Posted March 22 2014 - 09:59 AM

I learned that a coworker's son-in-law is the stunt driver for the Mustang. He's a competitive drift racer.

#10 of 11 OFFLINE   Brian Dobbs

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Posted March 26 2014 - 04:34 AM

My kid wants to see this. . .what was the sex 'n' violence level?

Minimum.

 

2/5 BTW.


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Posted August 21 2014 - 06:38 AM

1.5 rating the bluray was disappointing with lack of dtsHDMA 7.1, the film hasn't been played again now in over 2 weeks since I bought it.

 

It has 3d disc that I don't care about 3d but useless to anyone in USA as its (region B locked) so is the (region A locked for 7.1). 

 

I'd sooner watch ALIEN on THX laserdisc Dolby AC-3 than watch another 1 second from need for speed.






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