Sound Off: Scott Waugh's 'Need for Speed' - So What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
March 14, 2014
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Engines, motor oil, love. Now playing is DreamWorks' take on the Fast & Furious franchise as the video game adaptation Need for Speed, made by stuntman-turned-director Scott Waugh (of Act of Valor), starring Aaron Paul from "Breaking Bad" and Dominic Cooper from The Devil's Double and Captain America. The cast also includes Imogen Poots, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson and Dakota Johnson. So how did the latest car racing action movie turn out? Is it any good, or just another VFX mess? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Need for Speed.
Note: I haven't been able to see the film yet, as I haven't been invited to any screenings before release. In the meantime, to start the engine and open up the discussion anyway, here's an excerpt from my friend Germain's mostly positive review on SlashFilm: "Despite some issues, Need for Speed surely ranks among the best video game adaptations ever. It never takes it self too seriously, but also takes itself just seriously enough. It's predictable, frivolous and all kinds of dumb. But the logics of the plot melt away as you enjoy this expertly made, fun, action film. Need for Speed is a hell of a ride." Do you agree, or is this much worse?
What did you think of Waugh's Need for Speed? Exciting entertainment or a waste of talent?
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Reader Feedback - 8 Comments
For me, it is a walkout were it not for Aaron Paul's surprising screen magnetism. You can't help but to root for him.
Tey on Mar 14, 2014
If you go into this movie expecting a good plot, logic, and top notch writing, then your a complete idiot and wasting your own time complaining. This movie was a heck of a fun time and I got what I went in for, a movie where you feel like you are in a Need for Speed Game but done in live action. It's not quality but does it's job, the races were amazing and the stunts were fabulous. Aaron Paul did great also. I could definitely see potential in a franchise from this film. It's a video game movie that knows what it is for sure.
Ryan Thomas Hardy on Mar 14, 2014
the definition of "meh".
Kento on Mar 14, 2014
F&F >> NFS
Ehsan Davodi on Mar 15, 2014
6/10. Racing scenes were really nicely done and it's only good thing about this movie, actors did their best with poorly written dialogue and cheesy lines. Honestly this could have been done much much better, because it dont do well even in the ''popcorn film'' scenario. And times when it praises to it's origins as a videogame, it is completly ridicilous (that cop takingout that bugatti scene, for example). I would not pay 12€ for this one, and this comes from a guy who likes dumb-popcorn-action-flicks.
ProjectionistHP on Mar 15, 2014
Just got back from seeing it at Regal. Yeah its so bad its good type of movie. Awful dialogue but hey the practical effects in the stunt scenes were awesome.
SkyNet300 on Mar 16, 2014
Also have any of you guys noticed that the NEED FOR SPEED RIVALS game on Xbox One doesn't save your progression??? Its super frustrating because its actually a really fun game.
SkyNet300 on Mar 16, 2014
Yeah there were cheesy lines and dialogue from the 90s but i went to go see fast cars with good choreography and thats what i got. That Shelby was incredible.
Rock n Rollllll on Mar 17, 2014
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