455. Need for Speed

Background info

455-need-for-speedTitle: Need for Speed
Director: Scott Waugh
Year: 2014
Run time: 2hrs 12m

“Fresh from prison, framed for a crime he didn’t commit, street racer Tobey Marshall is hell bent on settling the score. With revenge at the forefront of his mind, he gears up for the ultimate cross-country race heaving with adrenaline-charged muscle machines and high-octane super cars. When his powerful rival places a massive bounty on his head, the wheels are set in motion and the race is finally on.”

Live blog

0:43 – Oooh, EA ident. Never seen one of those before.
4:58 – Do drive-in movies still exist?
8:21 – She says they won’t tell him whatever until after the race so as not to distract him. As though you wouldn’t spend the whole race wondering what it was!
11:14 – How can they afford to have a plane and a huge cash prize? Where’s the money in this racing?
17:40 – It’s not hugely subtle. The guy in white, the guy in black, good, bad, etc, etc.
20:38 – They better have been playing Need for Speed just then.
21:57 – Epic car launch!
26:07 – Thank goodness for Poots. Film saved.
32:37 – Funny, when we play the game, I always end up on the wrong side of the road too.
33:33 – Pretty sure that kid can’t see over the steering wheel.
42:02 – Why did they open the garage, when they’re just going to drive away straight away?
45:26 – “Looks like a scene from Speed down there.”
51:42 – In a glass skyscraper, you can’t say “go to the window.” Which window??
57:36 – She’s so cool. And I’m glad she’s not screaming the whole time like Selena did.
59:32 – If they wreck the car getting to the race, then what are they going to do?
1:09:36 – I love the round room that guy is broadcasting from. Like his own little podcasting lighthouse.
1:12:44 – This time they can stop for fuel?
1:20:54 – It’s just like Cars, driving through the dust.
1:24:18 – That definitely hasn’t happened in the game. Not the one I played, anyway.
1:38:33 – “You learn a lot about a person when they’ve been hit by a truck.”
1:43:55 – F1 starting lights should do that! Lights go on then boom, a puff of smoke.
1:52:07 – This is so weird. It’s really like the game coming to life. The roads, the side of the roads. The police. The weather.

Conclusions

We’ve played one of the Need for Speed games and quite enjoyed it. We’ve also seen Aaron Paul on Top Gear and in a handful of other roles, so were quite keen on seeing what he could do with this one.

I have to say that it was a really fun couple of hours watching this but not because it was a particularly good film. The story was okay, although filled with plot holes and inconsistencies. It’s hard to get fully on board with these guys, because ultimately they’re hooligans, breaking the law constantly and putting themselves at risk before being horrified at the consequences.

On the other hand, it’s a film full of heart, and the relationship between Paul and Poots manages to grow both for them and also on you, whilst the rest of the crew also worm their way into your good books. I thought it was a terrible film but somehow worth watching at the same time.

Rating: 3/5

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