Need For Speed (2014) [NEW]
Principal photography began in Macon, Georgia, in mid-April 2013. Other filming locations include Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, on May 12, 2013, the 13th Street Bridge in Columbus, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama, and Campus Martius in Detroit, Michigan, beginning on June 1, 2013. Other production locations include sections of California's Highway 1 north of Point Arena, the Point Arena Lighthouse, and Highway 253 between Boonville and Ukiah; and also Highway 128, between the town of Navarro and the Navarro Bridge linking Highway 128 North to Highway 1 South to Point Arena.
Need for Speed (2014)
Parents need to know that Need for Speed is an action movie, based on a video game, and centers around car racing (and car crashing). Teens will be attracted to the movie thanks to its star Aaron Paul in his first lead role after the hit TV series Breaking Bad. Expect plenty of car chases, stunts, and crashes, and characters die, though only a little blood is shown. Infrequent language includes a few uses of "s--t" and "bitch." In some scenes, women are shown as sexual objects, a man strips naked (only his bottom is shown), and the main character and the leading lady fall in love and nearly kiss. Parents of driving-age teens should be aware that the very fast stunt driving in the movie was done by both stuntmen and actors after intensive training, and they might want to remind them that this kind of driving in real life is extremely dangerous.
Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) could have been a champion racer, but instead he remained behind in his small community of Mt. Kisco, working on cars with his faithful crew. An old rival, the successful Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper), returns to town with a lucrative offer to restore a classic Ford Mustang. An argument over the sale of the car leads to a race between the enemies, followed by an accident that lands the innocent Tobey in jail. Two years later, he plots to enter the dangerous "De Leon" race, run by the mysterious Monarch (Michael Keaton), but to do so, he must make a speedy cross-country run to San Francisco, with the daughter of the car's owner, Julia (Imogen Poots), in tow. Can Tobey beat Dino and restore his good name?
Note: That is actual dialogue from this movie that someone actually got paid to write and it kind of sums up the problem with this film. A thin premise overburdened by needless complications compounded by some of the worst acting this side of an Ed Wood film.
As the completely hand-made, American-built Saleen S7 proves, not every supercar has to be of the exotic European variety. The stats above are for the 2000-2004 models, but in 2005 Saleen introduced a Twin Turbo variation that packed a walloping 750 HP and a top speed of 248 MPH. It's unclear which version was used in the movie, but either way, with a price tag of over $400,000, chances are a low-cost replica was put in front of the camera.
The ultra-fast, ultra-sleek, ultra-expensive (retail is $2.4 million) Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is by far the baddest mother in this movie and it held the world record for fast production car to prove it. Everything about this Volkswagen-made super car is ridiculously awesome - and expensive, right down to the $42,000 tires (which have to be replaced every 10,000 miles), the $69,000 rims (which have to be replaced every 30,000 miles) and the 26 gallon gas tank which would be running on fumes after 10 minutes at top speed. Unless you're an oil tycoon, prince of a country, or a Powerball winner, the only way you're driving one of these is with a game controller. Besides, getting insurance for it would be crazy difficult. We wonder if Jake from State Farm would give us a quote?
Unless director Scott Waugh wanted to use really fast cars in his movie but drive them really slow, he needed to find a way to allow the chase cars carrying the camera equipment to keep up - enter the Ferrari 458 Italia. The cars were heavily modified to carry all the gear required to film the road scenes but had enough oomph under the hood to roll bumper-to-bumper with all the high-octane super cars. You'll never see this car onscreen, but you'll know it's there because it's the one taking all the shots...just like dad used to do with family photographs.
Electronic Arts will not release a Need for Speed title in 2014, with company CEO Andrew Wilson citing the need to "ensure we're delivering a high-quality experience for Need for Speed players next year," according to the company's fourth quarter earnings call.
Of course, the good thing about this movie is that it destroyed a prop and kept the actual car alive. Not many movie cars end up surviving the movies and some have been destroyed in epic scenes. Luckily for the Mustang, Need For Speed did not have a need to destroy it.
The Need for Speed (2014) takes on the gameplay style of Need for Speed: ProStreet, but also the styles of Need for Speed: Underground, Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. The open world features a similar set-up to Most Wanted, with several jumps, speed traps, and unlockable cars, as well as shortcuts that are not shown on the map.
On 19 November 2013, EA confirmed their next Need for Speed game, The Need for Speed, a revival of the 1994 video game of the same name, with a teaser trailer, following marketing material tease days before. It was also confirmed that The Need for Speed would require an online connection to play the multiplayer and co-op, but would not always need the online requirement to play the single-player.The Need for Speed uses Frostbite 3.
A movie career seemed inevitable for Aaron Paul following all the goodwill he earned over five seasons of playing Jesse Pinkman on the acclaimed, decorated, and ultimately quite popular "Breaking Bad." Paul leaps right to leading man status in Need for Speed, a feature film adaptation of the Electronic Arts video game series that turned twenty this year.Paul plays Tobey Marshall, a working class man from Mount Kisco, New York (oddly a setting that's repeatedly reinforced) who inherits the custom racing shop of his late father. In danger of losing the family business even with the side winnings of his skillful illegal drag racing, Tobey doesn't bat an eye when smug old nemesis Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper, playing American) hires Tobey and company to build a Ford Mustang with an engine that legendary car designer Carroll Shelby worked on up to his death.After completing the job, Tobey agrees to lay down his share of the car's $2.7 million sale in an all-or-nothing race against Dino. That race ends disastrously, with Tobey being framed for theft and the vehicular manslaughter of a close friend.Released from jail two years later, Tobey is ready to even the score. With the right-hand girl (Imogen Poots) of the British owner of that speedy silver Mustang providing the car, Tobey sets out to make a parole-violating cross-country drive to a California location to be determined where he will compete in the De Leon, a secret unsanctioned race for elite vehicles, against Dino. Covering the challenge is Monarch (Michael Keaton), some of kind webcaster who organizes the event.Need for Speed is a 90-minute action movie in a 130-minute wrapper. Routine and predictable, it easily devotes more thought to staging the scenic races, chases, and stunts than it does to telling a story and developing these characters. Commercially, that isn't a problem; look no further than the prosperous Fast and Furious series for proof of that. Artistically, though, this is a lacking piece of entertainment.Act of Valor's Scott Waugh, directing only his second film after nearly twenty years in stunts, apes Jerry Bruckheimer as much as the Fast franchise and not just his slick production values but also his reliance on an interchangeable ensemble and humor. Need is prolonged by some forced and sometimes pained comic relief mostly assigned to rapper Kid Cudi (billed under his birth name of Scott Mescudi and playing Tobey's eyes in the sky) and Night at the Museum fixture Rami Malek. There are presumably some nods to the games, but nothing that will keep non-gamers from following the thin tale. Paul is capable in the lead, but does little to distinguish himself from any other young actor who might have been cast in the role. It's tough to imagine the film being at all different with Chris Pine, Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch (who apparently turned down the gig), or even a less recognizable, less experienced 20-30-year-old male playing Tobey.Need for Speed grossed $43.6 million at the domestic box office, a pretty average haul for a mid-range, mid-March release. That performance is less impressive when you consider the film's $66 M budget and hearty marketing push. As they increasingly do, foreign markets contributed much to the bottom line, accounting for nearly 80% of the substantial $203 M worldwide take. While the middling North American reception doesn't assert Paul as a marquee draw, the global figures are big enough to ensure for the foreseeable future that he can stick to the big screen, where he'll next be seen in a supporting role in Ridley Scott's Old Testament epic Exodus: Gods and Kings.The domestic showing does cast further doubt over the future of DreamWorks Pictures. No longer affiliated with the similarly-named animation company that Fox now distributes, the live-action arm of the studio founded in the 1990s by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen has slowed its output to a trickle since entering a long-term distribution deal with Disney in 2009. Disney suddenly doesn't seem to need adult live-action output to complement their powerhouse stream of Marvel, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones films. And while the DreamWorks partnership has yielded some prestigious and successful releases like Lincoln and The Help, it's also produced a string of critical and commercial misses like Need, which came to home video this week in separate DVD and Blu-ray editions, the latter equipped with a downloadable Digital HD digital copy. Despite theatrical exhibition in 3D (achieved via post-production conversion), the film does not get a Blu-ray 3D release in North America, where Disney has cooled on the format. 041b061a72