Had a chance to catch Need for Speed Movie before it officially opens in Singapore next Thursday, 13th March 2014. In Singapore, the movie is being distributed by Buena Vista International (Singapore).
The film stars Aaron Paul (two-time Emmy winner for “Breaking Bad”), Dominic Cooper (“Captain America: The First Avenger”), Imogen Poots (“Fright Night”), Ramon Rodriguez (“Transformers”), Rami Malek (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”), Scott Mescudi, Dakota Johnson (“21 Jump Street”), Harrison Gilbertson and Michael Keaton (“Batman”).
The movie is about Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), who runs his family’s auto shop and races the underground street circuit with his buddies on weekends. Life is good, but his whole world is turned upside down when he is sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. In prison, he spends the next two years thinking about one thing: vengeance. While questioning the morals to which he has always adhered, he is nevertheless determined to bring down his enemies.
The movie is pretty lengthy, about 2 hours long. Unlike the Fast & Furious movie franchise, which have lots of girls and exaggerating car stunts, I find Need for Speed Movie more realistic and down to earth though they are a few obvious loopholes in the storyline.
Need for speed is not complete without police cars! Rest assured you will see them in the movie together with a few expensive cars like the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, Koenigsegg Agera, Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, McLaren P1, Saleen S7, and even a rare GTA Spano (source: Motor Authority).
Storyline (Contain Spoilers)
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.
Much to his dismay, Julia joins him on the cross-country trek, turning out to be surprisingly resourceful and not quite as annoying as anticipated. Together with the help of his steadfast crew, Tobey defies odds at every turn on the action-packed gauntlet, his mission of revenge becoming one of redemption. For what Dino does not understand, but which Tobey’s ethics and integrity dictate, is that you never leave a man behind, you always go back.