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"Need for Speed"

Action/Adventure, Adaptation. Rated PG-13. 2 hours, 10 minutes.

Photo by Melinda Sue Gordon - © 2013 - DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC. All Rights Reserved

Still of Aaron Paul, Rami Malek, Ramon Rodriguez and Joe Peck in Need for Speed (2014)

 

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

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I attended a special advanced screening of “Need for Speed” on Wednesday, Feb. 19. It all began with a live shot of Aaron Paul, Scott Mescudi and director Scott Waugh as they introduced the film from inside a movie theater in California. The film was shown in 100 theaters simultaneously via satellite.

The movie began with a shot of Toby Marshall (Aaron Paul) tinkering around with cars inside his auto repair shop in New York. His father recently passed away and the garage was struggling to stay alive. Enter arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (played by Dominic Cooper). Brewster offers to pay Marshall and his boys $500,000 if they are able to finish his special edition Ford Mustang that Carroll Shelby was working on before he died. Marshall agreed right away and the car arrived the following day.

Dino challenges Toby to a street race while his son, Pete stood there. Pete said that he also wanted to take part in the street race. All three of them hopped into million-dollar sports cars, which were not even street legal in America. The race was very close until Brewster nudged Pete’s car causing him to flip several times, fly off the bridge and crash in the water below. Pete ends up drying. Toby actually gets charged with the murder because witnesses said Dino was never there and it was two against won. Toby spent two years in prison.

Fast forward two years and there is a big street race happening in northern California known as the “Race to De Leon.” Toby got out of prison and was anxious to take part in it. However, he was in New York and the race was clear across the other side of the country. So he met exotic car dealer Julia Maddon (Imogen Poots) who went along with him on the road trip. He had only 50 hours to get there and the clock was ticking.

Toby and Julia drove cross country passing through several cities including Detroit. They circled Campus Martius Park several times, in order to get the attention of their friend who works at Compuware. The office employee (played by Evan D. Anderson) was so excited to join the road trip that he took off his clothes and ran outside the Compuware Building completely naked! He followed Toby and Julia in a separate car.

The Michigan State Police were on their tail because Toby revved the engine too loud. The two of them raced down Jefferson Avenue, got on I-375 and then connected to I-94 west. They took a sharp turn and got on what looked like U.S. 12 and then rejoined I-94 a few miles later.

In Nebraska, Toby and Julia stopped for gas. Julia ran inside to put on some makeup. Meanwhile, Toby noticed that a Nebraska state policeman was there and noticed him. Toby was ready to take off, but he had to get Julia first. While Julia was trying to escape the convenience store, Toby was messing around with the cop car. He chained the axle to the ground. Toby caught Julia as she jumped off the second floor bathroom window. The two of them were off and so was the policeman, or so he thought. His axle broke and two rear wheels went flying. Toby and Julia successfully ditched the cops.

The two of them finally arrived in San Francisco for the drivers meeting. But they were 23 minutes late. Not bad for a cross country road trip. Toby signed in and had a confrontation with Dino for killing his son and costing him two years in jail for no reason.

You’ll have to go see the movie to find out who wins the “Race to De Leon.” Will Toby ever get arrested? I’m not going to tell you right now.

I really enjoyed the film “Need for Speed.” It was cool to see the shots of downtown Detroit. I didn’t know they were going to be there. This movie had lots of heart-pounding action that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I also enjoyed the fact that it featured a Carroll Shelby-inspired Ford Mustang. The shots of San Francisco were also nice. Run and go see “Need for Speed,” but don’t get in a car accident on the way there!

OVERALL RATING: A

 


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