Thursday, February 20, 2014

Movie Review: Need for Speed(2014)

Need For Speed (2014_)

Need for Speed

Director: Scott Waugh
Writer: George Gatins (screenplay),George Gatins (story), John Gatins (story)


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.


Let me first start out by saying that I have never played Need for Speed, and I've only ever heard of the game in passing. The only thing I knew about the game going in was that it was very popular and it had to do with racing. Last night (Wednesday, February 19, 2014), I went to a free pre-screening of Need for Speed through See It First at a local Regal Cinema. My husband acquired the tickets. Since it was free, I was all game to go see it.

We had talked about the movie before, both saying that we wouldn't pay to go see it because it looked like it wasn't going to be worth it. I will be the first person to say that I grossly underestimated this movie, and I'm glad it more than surpassed my expectations.

In the reel of trailers and behind the scenes footage they showed before the screening, the actors and director of Need for Speed were the first to tell the audience that there is NO CGI in this movie. All the driving is real. The actors had to take driving lessons, and they all did their own stunts. That was one of the things that make this movie so phenomenal. The audience feels like they are in the car, right along for the ride with Toby and the other racers. With the movie theater speakers, your seat rumbles with the cars. It feels like you're right there with them.

It is chock full of cars that most people will never get to see or touch in person. Fast, fast, beautiful cars that can go faster than most people will ever drive in their lifetime. There were definitely a lot of gasps and people fawning over the cars going on in the theater.

This is definitely a good move for Aaron Paul. With Breaking Bad just ending, I think it was important that Paul get his name back out there right after to establish him as more than his role as Jesse. He really showed more of his range with this movie, while still operating within his wheelhouse.

Not only is it a wonderful action movie, but there is also a tangible plot that really works for the movie. There are tears (happy and sad), angry moments, and moments where you hold your breath because you don't know what is going to happen and you only want the best for the main character. It has everything a movie goer wants.

As a huge fan of the Fast and Furious franchise, I really urge people to go out and see this movie. The effects are better, the cars are crazier, and the acting is top notch.