In DreamWorks Pictures Need For Speed movie, Street racer, Tobey Marshall, is dealing with the recent loss of his father and trying to keep their custom auto shop afloat. Winning illegal street races here and there hasn’t been enough to keep up with the payments for the bank. When old rival Dino, stops by with an offer of a lifetime that would not only give them great recognition but help save the shop, Tobey has no choice but to accept against his better judgment. The partnership leads to a great sale and a great car, but egos flare up. A choice is made that will change Tobey and Dino’s life forever and gets Toby locked up.
After being in prison for two years, Tobey is out looking for vengeance and proof of his innocence. He decides to bet all of his chips on a race that is not only notorious for the massive payout, but it is also one that will definitely tempt his rival and the man who set him up, Dino. Not only does he need to get his band of merry men back together, but he needs a car that won’t just perform, but outshine the rest of the competition. What better way to make a statement then to use the very car that sealed Toby and Dino’s fate. Now all Toby has to do is make it to the race on time, find incriminating evidence against Dino, and avoid as many cops as possible, since he will be skipping probation with the race being on the other side of the country.
Inspired by the successful video game franchise, Need For Speed is an exciting thrill ride for every fan to enjoy. It has all of the fast cars and stunts that any action movie buff could ask for. It also has a well balance of humor that breaks the tension and exciting action scenes. There is a little romance, not so much as to divert the action. I appreciated that. It was probably hard enough to create a story based on a video game franchise that isn’t particularly known for plots in general, so choosing to tone down the romance and letting it movie gradually and naturally was an extremely wise choice in my opinion.
Exciting side note is that the film used all practical stunts. What does this translate into for the average movie goer? This means that there was no use of CGI at all throughout the film. This is a massively impressive feat that is shown through some of the jaw dropping and seat gripping car stunts. This was a risky choice in a movie world where CGI is the easy and usual go to choice, but I feel that the practical effects paid off for the film.
Having seen the Need For Speed in 3D, some of the above mentioned stunts have a few added layers that really make the movie a little more exciting. I want to point out that I do not believe the 3D feature is particularly necessary to enjoy the movie, it just adds to the entertainment. The standard format will be just as fun. Even though I haven’t personally experienced it, I might suggest looking into the D-BOX version of the film. I have been to a couple of D-BOX movies and am familiar with how seats move along with the film. I have a feeling, that this would be a fantastic choice for such an action packed film. The many racing and driving scenes will have anyone watching feel like they are racing down the streets along with Tobey.
With a great cast of Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, and the great Michael Keaton, you couldn’t ask for a better movie to have fun with. It is a great break from the work week, and could be a fantastic family outing. The movie is rated PG-13, so I would not recommend bringing along the youngest of viewers. I would suggest sticking to the suggested youngest age of thirteen, if you question it, but any child younger than that is up to your discretion and choice. Whether it is date night or family night, take the ride with Tobey and his friends and find out where the road takes you.
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