Need For Speed

Need For Speed

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Director: Scott Waugh, Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper

Cast: Scott Waugh, Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper


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A mechanic who moonlights as an underground race-car driver strives to take the top prize in America's most prominent street race in order to have his revenge against the ambitious ex-NASCAR champ who had him framed and sent to prison. Inspired by the popular video-game franchise of the same name, Need for Speed tells the story of garage owner Tobey Marshall


A mechanic who moonlights as an underground race-car driver strives to take the top prize in America's most prominent street race in order to have his revenge against the ambitious ex-NASCAR champ who had him framed and sent to prison. Inspired by the popular video-game franchise of the same name, Need for Speed tells the story of garage owner Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul). Desperate to keep his family-owned business afloat, Marshall forms an uncomfortable partnership with wealthy ex-NASCAR star Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). That partnership falls apart when a lucrative sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poots) fails to pan out, and unscrupulous Brewster uses a tragic street-racing mishap to have the innocent Marshall incarcerated. Released from prison two years later, the vengeful Marshall plots to prove his mettle by winning the De Leon -- an illicit race showcasing the country's top underground talents. But getting to the De Leon will be no simple task, because not only has the ruthless Brewster put a bounty on Marshall's prized car, but the police are hot on his trail during the white-knuckle, coast-to-coast dash. Fortunately for Marshall, his loyal crew and Bonet are willing to help him get to the starting line in time for the big race. Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi, Ramon Rodriguez, and Michael Keaton co-star.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Scott Waugh's Need for Speed is a loud and proud B-movie. It's ridiculous, and it's also more fun than you might expect. Saying it's the best film ever adapted from a video game might be exactly the right amount of qualified praise. Aaron Paul stars as Tobey Marshall, a garage owner and legendary gearhead in upstate New York. His business is in financial trouble, and he needs more cash than the thousands of dollars he wins in street races to keep the doors open. Enter Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper), a champion driver and former rival to Tobey. Dino hires Tobey to fix up a Ford Mustang into something he can sell to an interested buyer for millions of dollars. Tobey is reluctant to work with the man now dating his old girlfriend, but he needs the 25 percent cut of the sale that Dino offers. After the work and deal are complete, Dino challenges Tobey to a street race in which the winner will take home millions. Always up for a challenge, he accepts, but it ends in the death of a friend and a two-year prison sentence for Tobey. Once he's released, the only thing on his mind is getting revenge by competing in the De Leon, a lucrative Cannonball Run-like event organized by an uber-wealthy car nut (Michael Keaton). In order to enter the De Leon in time, Tobey must drive from New York to San Francisco in about 48 hours in the tricked-out Mustang he built. Coming along for the ride is Julia (Imogen Poots), the thrill-seeking daughter of the millionaire who bought the vehicle. Right from the start, as scenes from Bullitt play at a drive-in where street racers have gathered, Need for Speed lets you know what matters -- fast cars, tough guys, and spectacular vehicular destruction. The movie gets the most essential element of any racing flick right: It moves. The plot is laugh-out-loud ridiculous, but that doesn't matter. The inventive stunts look like they were done without any digital tweaking, and this makes the whole production feel grounded in reality in a way that The Fast and the Furious franchise, an easy point of comparison, never bothers with. This movie is cartoonish, whereas Vin Diesel and company are making full-on cartoons. Aaron Paul helps us believe in this joyous nonsense. He's a good actor, and he's always reacting to other people in his scenes instead of winking at the audience. Although he occasionally lapses into a silly tough-guy voice, he's also a credible romantic lead in the middle of this mayhem. He and Poots play off each other with great charm and little fuss, and their easy rapport as they elude cops and bounty hunters proves infectious. Throw in some silly bits of business for each member of Tobey's crew, more police-cruiser carnage than the end of The Blues Brothers, and Michael Keaton chewing scenery like he's still in Beetlejuice, and you've got all the ingredients necessary for testosterone-fueled fun. Need for Speed is the kind of film that reveals the folly of assigning movies star ratings or letter grades. By any objective definition it's a brainless mess. That said, it's a mess made with old-fashioned skill, acted with gusto, and delivered with an appreciation for the outrageous that never devolves into outright camp. If you listen closely enough, you feel like you might be able to hear director Scott Waugh laughing at the craziest sequences right along with you.

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Walt Disney Video
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[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Aaron Paul Tobey Marshall
Imogen Poots Julia Bonet
Dominic Cooper Dino Brewster
Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi Benny
Ramon Rodríguez Joe Peck
Rami Malek Finn
Harrison Gilbertson Little Pete
Dakota Johnson Anita
Michael Keaton Monarch
Stevie Ray Dallimore Bill Ingram
Alan Pflueger Flyin' Hawaiian
Brian L. Keaulana Right Seater
Logan Holladay "DJ" Joseph
Carmela Zumbado Jeny "B"
Jalil Lynch Jimmy Macintosh
Nick Chinlund Officer Lejeune
Chad Randall Big Al
Buddy Joe Hooker Detroit Cop #1
Richard Lee Rutherford English Paul
Tony Brakohiapa The Gooch
Brent Fletcher Texas Mike
Paul Dallenbach Johnny V
Kanin Howell CHP #1
Michael Rose Investor
Beth Weisenburger Investor's Wife
E. Roger Mitchell Detective #1
Antoni Corone Detective #2
Frank Brennan 60 Year Old Man
Tara Jones News Anchor
Han Soto News Producer
Jill Jane Clements Older Smaller Woman
Rick Shuster CHP Pilot
John Gatins Air Force Pilot
Kerry Gatins Teenage Waitress
Adora Dei Female EMT
Charles Black Preacher
Tierre Turner Detroit Cop #2
Mike Smith CHP #2
Tim Gilbert CHP #3
Tommy Rosales Valet
Jacki Hill Jacki
Chloe Warren Girl at the Bar
Chelsea Small Drive-In Fan

Technical Credits
Scott Waugh Director,Editor,Executive Producer
Erik Aadahl Sound/Sound Designer
Atomic Fiction, Inc. Animator
Stuart M. Besser Executive Producer
Chris DeMuri Art Director
Nathan Furst Score Composer
George Gatins Original Story,Screenwriter
John Gatins Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Frank Gibeau Executive Producer
Michael E. Goldman Art Director
Steven Graham Art Director
Gabe Hilfer Musical Direction/Supervision
Shane Hurlbut Cinematographer
Jon Hutman Production Designer
Season Kent Musical Direction/Supervision
Ronna Kress Casting
Max Leitman Executive Producer
Thomas Minton Set Decoration/Design
Ellen Mirojnick Costumes/Costume Designer
Pat O'Brien Producer
Richard Oswald Asst. Director
Joe Pancake Special Effects Supervisor
Tobias Poppe Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Rubell Editor
David Sardi Asst. Director
Patrick Soderlund Executive Producer
Mark Sourian Producer
Tim Moore Executive Producer
Ethan Van der Ryn Sound/Sound Designer
Timothy N. Walker Camera Operator

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Need for Speed
1. Monarch
2. Race Prep
3. Race
4. Proposition
5. Julia Maddon
6. Joyride
7. Illegal in the U.S.
8. Back in the Game
9. Taking Her for a Spin
10. Attracting Attention
11. Hot Pursuit
12. Getting the Invite
13. Inconvenience Store
14. Her Turn Behind the Wheel
15. Higher Stakes
16. Anita
17. Hospital Visit
18. De Leon
19. The Final Three
20. The Finish Line
21. End Credits


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Need For Speed 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MidnightTracks-net More than 1 year ago
From one of the hottest selling video games on the market to an international race movie bound to butt heads with the Fast & Furious franchise, Need for Speed takes a different road on the thrill-a-minute circuit. For an in-depth movie review look into along with an editorial sizzle clip montage at from West Coast Midnight Run publication.