Sunday, March 30, 2014

Need for Speed 2014 (Definitely NOT a review)


This would be short and simple.  I liked it.  I can't say I loved it, but I liked it.  I think Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots really have on-screen chemistry(they also had a Valentine movie called LONG WAY DOWN). Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson's Dakota appears as Anita, the former love of Tobey's life and I believe she delivered. 

I am so tempted to compare this movie to THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, but the only things similar are the speeding cars, friendship and camaraderie.  Other than that, the story is totally different.  

By the way, there's only a quarter of a story.  The three quarters are mostly racing cars and different kinds of air transportation. ;-)

Anyways, even if I didn't love it, I enjoyed it very, very much.  I can't wait for the sequel.   



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From the WWW:
  1. The story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country race against time-one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. In a last attempt to save his struggling garage, blue-collar mechanic Tobey Marshall-who with his team skillfully builds and races muscle cars on the side-reluctantly partners with wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster. Just as a major sale to car broker Julia Bonet looks like it will save the business, a disastrous, unsanctioned race results in Dino framing Tobey for manslaughter. Two years later and fresh out of prison, Tobey is set on revenge with plans to take down Dino in the high-stakes De Leon race-the Super Bowl of underground racing. To get there in time, Tobey must run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet, dodging cops coast-to-coast and dealing with fallout from a dangerous bounty Dino put on his car. With his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia as allies, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.

Dakota Johnson as Anita

Imogen Poots and Aaron Paul



  • Aaron Paul as Tobey Marshall, a blue-collar mechanic from Mount Kisco who is framed for a federal crime he didn't commit.
  • Dominic Cooper as Dino Brewster, a former Indy racer and Tobey's fierce rival.
  • Imogen Poots as Julia Maddon, a savvy exotic car dealer.
  • Harrison Gilbertson as Pete Coleman, Anita's younger brother and a member of Tobey's crew.
  • Scott 'Kid Cudi' Mescudi as Sergeant Benny 'Maverick' Jackson, a member of Tobey's crew. He is a pilot, able to fly small airplanes and helicopters, and is often called "Liar One" because the team doesn't believe he can fly a military helicopter. He owns a Cessna plane.
  • Ramón Rodríguez as Joe Peck, a member of Tobey's crew. He is the team's professional mechanic, and drives a modified 2011 Ford F-450 called "The Beast".
  • Rami Malek as Finn, a member of Tobey's crew. He serves as the team's computer expert, monitoring cameras to record races.
  • Michael Keaton as Monarch Maddon, a reclusive and eccentric host of an "underground" supercar race competition, De Leon. He operates from a lighthouse on a small farm where he lives.
  • Dakota Johnson as Anita Coleman, Pete's older sister, Tobey's former girlfriend and Dino's fiancée.

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