Thoughts: Need For Speed (2014)(Movie)

Love amazing sports or muscle cars?
Love the speed and adrenaline from watching car races or while racing some on the consoles?

Then catch Need For Speed on local big screens / cinemas, from 13 March 2014!

Yes, the successful video game series collaborated with the movie studios and produced their first NFS movie!



Based on the eponymous car-racing video-game franchise, “Need for Speed” captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real world setting while bringing a level of intensity and authenticity to the action on-screen.

Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) is an honest, hard-working auto mechanic living in Mt. Kisco, New York, a sleepy, blue-collar town where he works at Marshall Motors with his buddies. The recent death of his father has left him with a pile of delinquent bills and he is struggling to make ends meet. On the weekends, Tobey and the guys race cars on the underground street circuit where a victory can mean substantial cash. But it’s the rush of adrenaline that is the real attraction.

When his former nemesis, the wealthy, pompous Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper), stops by the garage, Tobey is initially resistant to him and his business proposition. But Dino is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build the fastest Mustang in the world and a financial windfall, which could save his shop, and he reluctantly agrees. Following the completion of the Mustang and its subsequent sale to a big-time car broker via his beautiful but opinionated British colleague Julia Maddon (Imogen Poots), Tobey agrees to an impromptu race with Dino and Tobey’s close friend and protégé Little Pete (Harrison Gilbertson). When the race turns deadly, Dino flees the scene, framing Tobey and sending him to prison.

Two years later he is out, and while Dino has been relishing his freedom and expanding his business out West, Tobey has been plotting his revenge. His best chance is defeating him in the high-stakes race known as The De Leon. The Super Bowl of underground racing, The De Leon takes place once a year and only a few select drivers are invited to participate with the winner taking all. To get there in time, however, Tobey will have to break his parole and travel from New York to San Francisco in 48 hours.


I’ve known and play some of the NFS series but could never complete it since I can’t seem to drive fast or well 😛

From what I gathered, NFS series doesn’t have much of a story-line … till this movie come along.
Well the movie story-line / plot works, as per above synopsis, kept me on the edge of my seat, wanting to know what happens next to Tobey and the car, what crashes next and got me drooling over those gorgeous cars!

… that drool worthy Ford Mustang… :D~

As for the acting bit, the leads / rivals seemed to have that extreme-pain or poker-face look throughout first half of the movie. It felt too -_-” but the rest of the casts were pretty hilarious and kept it away from getting too moody or monotonous. And of course, knowing that they kept CG away and did extensive driving training for the whole movie, made it a whole load more realistic.

Not that I would be getting my license anytime soon…
But wouldn’t it be cool to be able to do what they did, e.g. evasive driving with hot cars? 😀

And well…

I do have some head scratching questions after catching the preview…
Like what happened to the rich guys, the bet or the ex, the car?

If you have more insights or theory to it, do share with me.

But our guess (bf & mine), there could be a possible continual to it…
What do you think? 🙂


Thanks to Disney and Bates CHI for the preview tickets!

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