Twenty years after “Need for Speed” swept the video game scene, the franchise is taking the action to the big screen. This high-octane action film has everything gamers love about the street-racing game plus a thrilling, revenge-fueled story that takes a page from Roger Corman’s 1955 film “The Fast and the Furious” and all the vroom-vroom action people loved in the modern street-racing series of the same name.
On March 6th, video game fantasies come to life with help from Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad” fame, who plays the wrongly convicted mechanic and part-time street racer Tobey Marshall. After jumping jail and partying with friends, including rapper Kid Cudi, he’s poised to break away at extremely high speeds-mind-bending, face-jiggling speeds. Dominic Cooper, of “Captain America” plays a hot-headed entrepreneur and custom car guru who’s at Marshall’s back with an army of ne’er-do-well racers and helicopter pilots who are fighting for the $6 million dollar bounty. Sure, it’s a lot of money but not compared to the film’s $66 million budget, which was spent on cars, cars, cars and stunts.
Following the “Need for Speed” tradition, these aren’t regular cars. They’re super-powered, carbon fiber Koenigseggs, flashy Lamborghinis, luxurious Mercedes McLarens and steel-clad vintage Mustangs that burn rubber and fly through the gears. This is a film for motorheads who love the smell of oil and the sound of a perfectly tuned carburetor and gamers who crave high-speed action and thrilling stunts. Up-and-coming director Scott Waugh knows a thing or two about action since he’s a consummate Hollywood stuntman with forty-some films to his credit. This film has more horsepower, more stunts and more v-v-v-v-vroom action than most people can dream about.
Aaron Paul called it “adrenaline-pumping movie madness.” It’s a buddy film with a side of revenge that takes viewers on a cross-country romp with chase scenes on crowded city streets, desolate superhighways and winding mountain roads that tire commercials wouldn’t touch. Director Scott Waugh strives to take viewers inside the action and into the front seat of the coolest cars on earth. This is a goal that he accomplishes supremely well with a little help from Aaron Paul, who completed most of his own stunts on his quest to continue the “speed” theme that has driven his career. The fresh-faced actor routinely throttled up to 125 miles per hour as the camera captured the action. That’s got to be mach something.
Revenge and redemption are achieved at thrown-back-in-the-seat speeds. There’s more crashing and trashing in “Need for Speed” than a monster truck rally, demolition derby or super stunt exhibition combined. Beetlejuice legend Michael Keaton, Melanie Griffith’s daughter Dakota Johnson and talented Brits Imogen Poots and Dominic Cooper fill in the all-star cast list. The film’s Hollywood premiere on March 6, 2014, is fast approaching, and “Need for Speed” movie premiere tickets are flying out of here faster than these supercharged rides. Bring a date. The movie premiere’s for guys, and the after-party is for the chicks. What hot-blooded lady wouldn’t want to breathe the same air as Aaron Paul, who just got faster and a heck of a lot sexier? Don’t let this opportunity pass you in the fast lane. Make it snappy. Grab your tickets to the movie premiere before they’re gone, and you’re in the dust.