NEED FOR SPEED 3D Review; "It's A B Movie, And A Damn Good One At That!"

A big screen adaptation of the hit EA franchise hits theatres today in a bid to break the curse of bad movies based on video games and to establish itself as a rival to the Fast & Furious franchise. So, does it succeed? Well, despite a few flaws, "YES! YES! YES!" Read on for details...

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By Josh Wilding - 3/14/2014

If you hate the Fast & Furious franchise, then you likely won't find an awful lot to love about Need for Speed. Like those movies, the plot is often ridiculous and many of the characters are so one dimesnional that they may as well have been cut straight out of the "Clichéd Characters 101" handbook. However, that doesn't for a second mean that Need for Speed isn't still an awful lot of fun and one of the most enjoyable movies I've seen in a long while.

That may sound like I'm contradicting myself, but Need for Speed is just one of those films you have to accept for what it is. It's neither on the level of the likes of 12 Years a Slave or Dallas Buyers Club, or even blockbuster fare like The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. It's important to note though that it NEVER tries to be. Need for Speed doesn't take itself too seriously, and neither should you. Sure, you could spend all day picking holes in it, but if you're going to do that, save your money for Lars von Trier's latest pretentious offering. What I'm getting at is that there's room for all sorts of movies, so rather than being swayed by the same critics who praise the most boring award season or festival releases and dismiss Man of Steel as a "popcorn movie" (why is that even used as an insult like it's a bad thing anyway?), just go into Need for Speed and HAVE FUN.

The story is really your standard revenge tale. Tobey Marshall is sent to jail after a street race gone wrong, taking the rap for his friend's death which was in fact caused by the smarmy Dino Brewster. When he gets out two years later, he decides to get his own back...by beating Dino in a race. Yeah, yeah, I know how it sounds! However, thanks to some truly incredible stunt work (no green screen or CGI here) and plenty of top notch racing and action along the way, you'll soon find yourself rooting for Tobey, and there are more than enough interesting twists and turns throughout Need for Speed to keep you thoroughly entertained from start to finish line.

Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul (Marshall) proves here that he's capable of leading either this or any other big screen franchise which comes his way in the next few years, and he does a fantastic job of elevating the material he's working with. One scene in particular in which he confronts Dominic Cooper's (Brewster) jerk-off of a bad guy is very powerful, and they both inject so much more into their characters than many other actors would have. This is a breakout role for Paul, and also hopefully for the incredibly beautiful Imogen Poots who goes from annoying to endearing and captivating as quickly as the cars they're all driving. The rest of the cast do what they can with not particularly well-written characters - the movie really does hinge on the three leads mentioned above - but you might be surprised at how quickly you also start to appreciate them.

The less said about Michael Keaton though, the better! Oh, and as for the 3D, this is a solid conversion despite reports that it was all very last minute. While far from necessary, it does in fact makes many of the incredible action sequences even more engrossing and I for one will never complain about seeing Imogen Poots on the big screen in an extra dimension!

Thanks to its three superb performances from Paul, Cooper and Poots, compelling races/action and the fact that it doesn't take itself too seriously, Scott Waugh's Need for Speed has firmly established itself as a serious rival to the Fast & Furious franchise. It's a B movie, and a damn good one at that.




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Pasto - 3/14/2014, 11:56 AM
I plan on seeing this with some friends tomorrow.
Mike89 - 3/14/2014, 12:03 PM
Didn't really care about this movie, but Wow i didnt think it be this good. Maybe ill check this out.
RedNTheHood - 3/14/2014, 12:05 PM
Wanna see this. Debating between this and 300.
RedNTheHood - 3/14/2014, 12:05 PM
3rd & 4th!!!!
BigMikeReviews - 3/14/2014, 12:09 PM
Need for Speed gets 4 stars while Pacific Rim got only 1, I'll never live that one down Josh
h2okev - 3/14/2014, 12:09 PM
This guy should be [frick]ing ashamed of himself for giving this trash 4 stars. Idiot.
novaprime - 3/14/2014, 12:11 PM
Cool! It might be a surprise then! I was Never planning on seeing this!










JoshWilding - 3/14/2014, 12:11 PM
Yeah, in hindsight, I really should have given Pacific Rim ZERO stars. :)
TheBaroness89 - 3/14/2014, 12:14 PM
Plot made no sense against what was good action sequences.
His plan for revenge is nonsensical and it isn't until the 3rd act that a VERY CONVENIENT plot device pops up and VOILA'! Now he can get proper revenge.
There was a five minute stop the plot/action/forward progress of the film scene involving the douche baggiest way to quit your day job EVER
Laws of Physics aside I didn't mind the Helicopter carries car off cliff but in the end Aaron Paul get a very little amount of jail time for not only violating probation but the wonton destruction and obvious man slaughter of highway patrol officers in these car accidents...
It is at 23% on Rotten Tomatoes and it should be lower.
TheBaroness89 - 3/14/2014, 12:16 PM
4 out of five is very very generous...but its artistic opinion right?
2.75 out of 5.
jstrang2 - 3/14/2014, 12:18 PM
this movie was crap. I like aaron paul but he couldnt save this garbage. i was entertained much more by 300:ROAE
TheBaroness89 - 3/14/2014, 12:18 PM
Oh yeah and the fastest Mustang in the world can be caught from behind by a dune buggy.
Starfox - 3/14/2014, 12:23 PM
Good review Josh. I'm seeing it in an hour.
TheBaroness89 - 3/14/2014, 12:26 PM
in an hour you'll be 2 hours away from hating it.
Bobevanz - 3/14/2014, 12:28 PM
Hey baroness nobody cares! Shut up :) I happen to hate F&F but this looks great. Plus almost all of it is done with practical stunts? I'm sold
dangermouse - 3/14/2014, 12:33 PM
4 out 5 stars LOL What you been smoking?

This film was the stupidest film I've ever seen. 2 hrs of ridiculous storyline and stupid wreckless driving. Made for preteen boys.

Josh you need your eyes testing, your reviews mean nothing anymore.
tvor03 - 3/14/2014, 12:34 PM
It's too bad that Aaron Paul's agent steered him towards this crap. He needs to be making Drive, not Fast and the Furious.
DrunkenNukem - 3/14/2014, 12:40 PM
4 STARS??????????????


"Need for Speed has firmly established itself as a serious rival to the Fast & Furious franchise."

Eduardo - 3/14/2014, 12:41 PM
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Which is exactly the opposite of what happens in the movie. It is 2 stars at the most.
TheBaroness89 - 3/14/2014, 12:41 PM
Hey @bob go suck a dick. don't ever tell anyone on here to shut up. We can all voice our opinions that's why your stink hole is allowed to wax indifferent to my opinions.
TheBaroness89 - 3/14/2014, 12:43 PM
and this isn't 1/4 of any of the Fast and Furious movies...and that's saying A LOT
TheBaroness89 - 3/14/2014, 12:44 PM
oh and BOB- it isn't good practice to tell the ladies to shut up. Its in your best interest if our mouths are open ;)
ProfessorX - 3/14/2014, 12:53 PM
You guys do know these review articles from Josh are not serious, right? He deliberately overrates movies to get a response from you..

more clicks = more money
staypuffed - 3/15/2014, 2:20 AM
Josh, that was a [frick]ing terrible review.
TheDuck - 3/16/2014, 9:10 AM
Definitely better than Fast and Furious 1-4
i was actually really impressed because i didn't have high hopes but was genuinely surprised

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