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on 30 July 2015
I'm glad that I never listen to film critics! This film got a bad Critical response from Rotten Tomatoes but then again if we only watched films that critics like, the world would be a very dark place indeed... Now onto the film... this isn't a fast and furious wannabe, I found the film fun, creative and had a great concept of speed (something I always hated about the NOS filled early F&F franchise. The only thing better than the camera angles is the sound track... from Marshal Motors to Switching Seats, the music gives the film real personality.

The cast is again brilliant, every actor nails the character they play.. Tobey's crew gives an impression that they really have been lifelong friends way before the film starts.. The love interest of Toby is Julia Maddon played by Imogen Poots, again hats off to the producer, 1) because I fancy her and 2) because her character actually brings a personality to the film as well as just a pretty face..

The clothing department might have been picked out by a guy straight out of a media course (bad guy wears black and good guys wear white right?) and some of the stunts do stretch the laws of physics.. I'm not talking about the grasshopper stunt, but rather the police car axle trick.. But that's the movies and I wouldn’t have it any other way...
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The film is based on the highly successful 'video-game' series 'Need for Speed''
first introduced in 1994 by 'Electronic Arts'
Street Racer 'Toby Marshall' has inherited his fathers business, they build high-
speed cars, trouble is the business is in debt, when former partner 'Dino Brewster'
(Dominic Cooper) who 'Toby' (Aaron Paul) has historic issues with, offers 'Toby'
a job to complete the construction of 'Dino's' 'Ford Mustang' for 25% of the sale
price, a return that could give the business a $500.000 minimum lift
Reluctantly 'Toby' and his friends accept the proposal...........when complete, 'Dino'
challenges 'Toby' to a race for the 25% fee......'Toby's' friend 'Little Pete' wants in
on the race, despite reservations 'Toby' agrees, sadly during the three car race
'Pete' is involved in a fatal crash.
'Toby' is held responsible by the law, despite the fact he wasn't responsible for his
friends death.
'Toby' out on bail hears of a Cross-Country-Race called the 'Del-eon' which sets
off in 'San Francisco'
'Toby' faces a long drive to meet the sign -in deadline he is joined by 'Julia' (Imogen
Poots) who he'd met earlier with 'Dino' during the 'Mustang' deal, she wont take no for
an answer even though the parolee tries to scare her with his high-speed driving skills.
'Dino' gets wind of 'Toby's' intention to join the race, he places a bounty on his rivals
head, whoever stops him - collects.
This a a high-octane adrenaline rush with plenty of car-chase action along with intense
high risk racing sequences..........'Bears in the Air' ......'Smokey giving chase'
The film has been underrated in some quarters, visual content '5' -dialog '4'
(Don't miss the outtake during the credits)
( If you enjoy this one you might also want to take a look at 'Non Stop' another 'chase'
movie worth a spin.
Special Feature -
* Ties That Bind.
* The Circus is in Town.
* Monarch and Maverick.
* Deleted Scenes.
* Feature Audio Commentary with director - 'Scott Waugh' and 'Aaron Paul'
* Capturing Speed-Making an Authentic 'Car-Movie'
* Need for Speed -Rivals Trailer.
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on 12 February 2017
Nice cars but weak story and poor acting. The main character (Aaron Paul) manages to look angry and hurt all the time -- Jimmy Dean? -- even when the story does not require this. Even the talented Rami Malek - the reason I decided to watch the film - is completely wasted. The dialog is inane - as in "are you guys ok?" -- as one of the characters says to the lead character and the female (lead?) after their car has been hit by a truck. But then I haven't played the computer game although this movie has dampened whatever little desire I had. But the cars are really nice - the only reason to see this movie.
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on 2 July 2016
An enjoyable translation of a racing game into a movie. The plot isn't exactly Shakespeare - but it does work for a movie that is all about fast cars and spectacular crashes.

Anyone who has ever played the game Need For Speed will be pleasantly surprised. Everyone else - you'll enjoy the ride too.

Like Smokey And The Bandit - but modern and without the racism or misogyny!
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on 16 June 2016
"Need for Speed" makes the Fast & Furious franchise seem polished and gripping. Perhaps being tied to a video game imposed too many constraints on the film makers: the plot is thin and there are many long sequences of driving shot from behind the wheel that appear to mimic a video game (but which actually lessen the sensation of moving at speed). None of the characters are well-developed (Imogen Poots is wasted in a role that requires her to screech most of her lines and Michael Keaton tries really hard to add some colour to the proceedings) but, in the end, I just couldn't escape the feeling that I should be watching "Vanishing Point" instead (the one starring Barry Newman, not the dreadful 1997 remake starring [gasp!] Viggo Mortensen).
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on 30 January 2016
Certainly has its fair share of wooden acting. Paul's ability to pull a face which makes it look like he is doing a little poo in the car when engaging in a hair raising moment is particularly special. Its a bit of fun though and has some nice cars in it.
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on 2 February 2016
I play this game on consoles and loved it. Then I watched the film and I loved it even more than the game. I think the cars are fantastic but think it ends in a sad way. I think it is one of the best and is worth the money to buy it. I found it quite amusing and funny.
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on 21 July 2014
Fun, thrills, heart, cool cars and no silly over the top CGI like you get in the Fast And Furious films, the cast apart from Aaron Paul don't quite gel as well as in the Furious films but the rest of the ride sure makes up for it, great blue ray picture and sound.
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on 12 January 2017
A really good film indeed. The beginning of the film is a bit dry, and its tricky to understand the character, but 15 minutes into the film it gets really really good and interesting. I don't think the acting is the best, neither is the story, but it really sticks to the video games, and its full of action and stupid comedy in some scenes. Definitely worth watching, and I give it a 5 out 5 for the special effects, and pure action through the film, along with the films fantastic ending, no spoilers LOL.
A sequel would be good I think!
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on 3 January 2017
Awesome film.

The difference between this and most other car films is that this one took real pride in its use of proper stunts rather than a reliance on CGI.

Couple that with the absolutely beautiful score and you've got a great film.

The acting from some of the supporting cast is a little cheesy at times but Aaron Paul is ace.
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