"Need for Speed"
Adaptation. Rated PG-13. 2 hours, 10 minutes.
by Melinda Sue Gordon - © 2013 - DreamWorks II
Distribution Co., LLC. All Rights Reserved
of Aaron Paul, Rami Malek, Ramon Rodriguez and Joe Peck
in Need for Speed (2014)
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
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
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
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
the Official Movie Trailer
by Dreamworks Pictures
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