Friday, March 14, 2014

Need for Speed

Rated PG-13 / 2 hr 10 min / Action - Crime - Drama

What is it about?

Tobey Marshall is a street racer and owner of a custom car shop. He is struggling to pay the bills and the bankers are circling his garage. Dino Brewster is an old rival who comes to watch him race, and offer a business proposition. The offer is $250,000 to finish building the last Ford Shelby Mustang. He agrees. Some buyers say they will purchase the vehicle on the spot if Tobey and Dino can prove it can go 230 MPH. Tobey shows up early to drive the vehicle and prove the speed of it. Dino becomes angry, and challenges Tobey to a race for Dino's portion of the purchase price of the Shelby car which is $2.75 million. One of Tobey's friends tags along, and Dino invites him to race with them using illegal custom foreign vehicles. Dino clips the friend causing a horrific crash. Dino wins by default as Tobey goes back for his friend. Tobey goes to jail for manslaughter as no one will verify his story, and Dino claims to never have been at the race. Now Tobey is out and he wants revenge.

You will like it if...

You like action movies with good racing scenes. I would compare this to the first two Fast & the Furious movies, but it mostly confines itself to cars. The acting is decent for how young most of the cast looks. The script is good for the most part, but it has some glaring holes. Like why would the friend be invited to race when they have $2.75 million riding on the outcome of it?  The death of the friend is the biggest turning point in the whole movie. They could have come up with a better reason for him to be there. The movie in the end is entertaining even with the flaws, but doesn't quite reach the heights it could have.

Next Week

Divergent or Muppets Most Wanted? Which would you rather I write a review for?

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