Need for Speed

Need for Speed


Need for Speed.  Rating:  2 (out of 5).  Tobey Marshall, sent to jail for a crime he did not commit, is getting out of prison and determined to get even with the man responsible for his false conviction. The film premieres on VOD on Tuesday, August 5. While most reviews were unfavorable, Variety says, “It’s a tailor-made role for the sly, inventive and chronically underrated Keaton, and he does much to guide “Need for Speed” ably across the finish line.”  We’ve got an interview with the film’s star Aaron Paul

Starring: Aaron Paul, Chillie Mo, Dakota Johnson, Dominic Cooper, Harrison Gilbertson, Imogen Poots, Kid Cudi, Michael Keaton, Rami Malek, Ramon Rodriguez
Director: Scott Waugh
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, Crime




Chicago Tribune thinks, “At its occasional best, the thrills in the film recall the delirious fun of the “Fast & Furious” franchise.”

Time writes, “This is cinema reduced or distilled to its purest definition, of movies that move. If you want dewy humanity in your entertainment, watch Lifetime.”

According to The New York Times, ““Need for Speed” is dumb and loud and sometimes technically impressive, which means that it is successful on its own terms. Whether it cashes in on the popularity of the games or of the much stronger and more imaginative “Fast & Furious” franchise, is a potentially interesting question but not really any of my business. I’m just along for the ride.”

Variety says, “It’s a tailor-made role for the sly, inventive and chronically underrated Keaton, and he does much to guide “Need for Speed” ably across the finish line.”

New York Magazine (Vulture) thinks, “Based on the popular video games, this is a movie with breathtakingly visceral racing scenes, and they are matched by a breathtakingly, breathtakingly terrible script.”

Los Angeles Times notes, “The rest of the best is thanks to the daredevil stunts and the drivers who execute them. But “Need for Speed” needs a lot more than fast cars and cool crashes to make it a winner.”

Entertainment Weekly gives the film a C rating, and further says, “Need for Speed is just another pileup in Hollywood’s long accident report of taking games from the couch to the theater seat.”

The Hollywood Reporter notes, “You wouldn’t think a movie called Need For Speed would feel so slow.”

USA Today writes, “The film version of a hugely successful video game, Need for Speed is ostensibly meant to be light entertainment. If light is synonymous with preposterous, frenetic and noisy, it qualifies.”

The Boston Globe thinks, “We get some mild getting-to-know-you romantic comedy between Tobey and Julia — the uninhibited Poots is the most enjoyable part of the movie — standard B-movie dialogue, a lot of car talk, and the main order of business: high-speed races and chases, all conducted in 3-D, on open highways, amid normal traffic patterns.”

The Washington Post writes, ““Need for Speed” is a piece of auto-collision pornography that weighs down its car-flip-and-massive-fireball money shots with a preposterous plot involving vehicular manslaughter vengeance, a road trip that’s basically one long police chase and an illegal drag race orchestrated by Michael Keaton.”

The Wall Street Journal advices, “Do not attempt to see this film, derived loosely from the videogame of the same name, unless you’re prepared for wobbly writing, lead-footed direction and acting that must have been boosted by nitrous-oxide injectors, plus a starring performance that could have used a boost and didn’t get one.”

New York Daily News thinks, “Lots of stunt people put their lives at risk here for entertainment, and their work is undeniably terrific. If only the rest of the film had taken as many chances — or been as good.”

The Village Voice notes, “With so many alternate realities to please, it’s no wonder Scott Waugh’s moronic flick has multiple personalities — it’s the Sibyl of street racing, with a script that doesn’t feel so much typed as button-mashed.”

New York Post says, “Young men and fast cars are automatically stupid together, but even if you set your intelligence level at “off” — and you should — you’ll get a hangover from this cocktail of 200-proof stupid, clinking with moron ice cubes and with an idiot cherry on top. “

Chicago Sun-Times writes, “While this film is based on the video game franchise of the same name, “Need for Speed” is much more an homage to the macho car-culture flicks of the ’60s and ’70s like “Bullitt,” “Vanishing Point,” “Grand Prix” or even “The French Connection.””

The Oregonian says, “”Need for Speed” is “Dirty Dancing” for the Hot Wheels crowd. Once Aaron Paul’s behind the wheel, he’s like the wind.”

The New Orleans Times-Picayune notes, “”Need for Speed” — as ludicrous and melodramatic as it often is — at times is fun in spite of itself, an unapologetically brainless lark that delivers a dose of adrenaline to go along with its car worship.”

The Arizona Republic says, “If you like watching people drive really nice cars really fast, “Need for Speed” scratches that particular itch. But expect nothing more, because everything else about it is just running on empty.”

Rolling Stone thinks, “Too bad the impressive muscle cars and stunt drivers can’t move as fast as the tongue of Michael Keaton, who does Beetlejuice on speed as a racing DJ. Keaton is entertaining. The movie itself is not. It’s got no vroom in it.”

The Austin Chronicle notes, “From the start, Need for Speed smells like a movie in search of a franchise. On that count, it’s somewhat fast but seldom furious.”

The Guardian writes, “Need for Speed is enjoyable in its highly implausible way: a petrolhead festival with some outrageously silly stunts.”

The Globe and Mail says, “At 130 minutes, it feels like 90 minutes of stunt driving and 40 of preposterous plot – including a long stretch of engine revving before we get to the good stuff.”

The Telegraph thinks, “On the whole, this is like test-driving something advertised as a top-of-the-range sports car, only to find it corners like a milk float.”

The Dissolve says, “Once it stops resisting its natural inclination, however, Need For Speed becomes a worthy placeholder for the currently on-hold Fast & Furious franchise, and an appealingly pulpy outlaw-action flick in its own right.”

A.V. Club gives the movie a B- rating, and further writes, “Sometimes—as in the sequence where a fiery sports car tumbles off a bridge in slow motion—Need For Speed manages to capture that ineffable car movie poetry, freedom and death commingling in the image of a single airborne wreck.”

Movie Nation thinks, “The actors are second bananas here — to the Koenigsegg Ageras, Saleens and Shelby Mustang that feed America’s “Need for Speed,” on screen and off. And the cars deliver.”

Empire Online notes, “Less a three-lane pile-up than a minor traffic violation in a residential area. Three points for Waugh, then, and a £60 fine.”

TimeOut London says, “Audiences purely interested in the cars won’t be disappointed – frankly they’re sexier than the cast. But anyone looking for a story, or a performance as impressive as Jesse from ‘Breaking Bad’, will be. And no, Aaron, lowering your voice like Vin Diesel doesn’t make you an action hero.”

According to Total Film, “The cars are hot, the action is decent, but the characters and plot need a serious tune-up.” gives the movie a 6.0 rating, and further writes, “A snoozy-but-diverting, lightly constipated B-movie.”

Reelviews says, “If there’s one thing to be claimed in favor of Need for Speed, it’s that the car stunts are done without the aid of CGI. The refreshingly retro look favored by stunt coordinator-turned-director Waugh gives weight to the chases, races, and crashes, although the editing could have been better.”

According to Hitfix, “”Need For Speed” is several different movies at once, and most of them are very stupid.” writes, “In “Need for Speed,” a character cites the oft-quoted phrase that a man in a big, flashy, expensive car “is overcompensating for something.” The same can be said for this movie.”

IndieWire (The Playlist) notes, “If the ‘F&F’ series is often absurdly entertaining with riotous cinematic maximalism in the pole position, “Need For Speed” is comparatively humorless, arguably dumber and doesn’t boast the same visual horsepower.”

Slant Magazine says, “Even when compared to other films posing as Ford Mustang commercials, Need for Speed isn’t particularly memorable for anything other than the startling incompetence and dull sheen of the end result.”

1 Comment

  • I’m not a news paper trying to make a statement but just a woman who thinks revenge is totally stupid for anyone to go about doing ! For one thing you not only hurt the ones you are after but you Hurt The Others That involved So My Thoughts On the Movie Is No!! Not A Good Plot For A Supposed To Be Another Fast and Furious Type Movie Period !!!

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