Flash Movie Review: Need for Speed

If you would have asked me several years ago if I was a vengeful person I would have said yes. It was not something that made me proud, especially since I was not mature about it, letting it flame out of me as a way to cover up my hurt feelings. An example would be if someone broke my trust; I would want to hurt them as much as I felt they hurt me. I cannot say there was one thing that triggered a change in me; maybe the realization I no longer wanted to give my energy away to someone who did not deserve it. Instead of going into attack mode I can now express my feelings and if need be walk away while not giving that individual another thought. This would not be the case if I felt I needed to right a wrong, however. Being a big believer in actions speaking louder than words, I could not fault the main character in this action drama from righting a wrong done to him. Aaron Paul (The Last House on the Left, Breaking Bad-TV) played Tobey Marshall. After being sent to prison for a crime he did not commit, Tobey would ride across the country to enter a racing contest just so he could compete against the man who had set him up. Based on the popular video game, the main stars of this crime film were the automobiles. Aaron who twice won an Emmy for his performance in Breaking Bad was horrible as the leading character. Topping his poor performance was an actor I have had high regard for, Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Due, The Duchess) who played racing car driver Dino Brewster. Not all the fault should be placed on them because the script and direction were the real problems that made this a dull film. Though the driving and racing scenes were good and well orchestrated, I thought the driving was better in the Fast & Furious movie franchise. Imogen Poots (That Awkward Moment, Fright Night) as Julia Maddon and Michael Keaton (RoboCop, First Daughter) as Monarch had more life in their characters, though Michael seemed to be channeling his Beetlejuice character a bit. As an overall movie watching experience, I always cheer for the underdog character and like to see justice being served; but when the cars are acting better than the cast, I felt this film was a quart low in being entertaining. I also want to add there is no reason to see this film in 3D. An extra scene can be seen after the short first set of credits at the end of the film.


1 3/4 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on March 17, 2014, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Theatre of Pain

    I love cars and car movies. I recently watched Fast & Furious 6 and really enjoyed the film for the most part even though some of it, as all Fast & Furious films, pushed the boundaries of believability.

    I believe the first car movie I ever watched was Corvette Summer with Mark Hamill but I also watched Stephen King’s Christine, Gone in 60 Seconds and a young Charlie Sheen in The Wraith. For televlision shows, I watched The Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider, Fastlane and even the short lived Viper.
    With all that being said, I still plan on seeing this movie. I’m not expecting any Oscar performances but still ready to sit back and go along for the ride.

  2. Thanks for letting us know about this film. I think I’ll pass on this one, based upon your review.

  3. Una gran entrada sobre esa cinta: especial aquella parte que marca con amplitud su comienzo, por rica y ejemplar.

  4. Oh snap! The cars were acting better than the cast. It’s always a surprise to see a good actor giving a bad performance – I remember Hugh Jackman wayyy over-acting in Prisoners and it startled me, because he’s believable in his roles most of the time. But as you say, a lot of it has to do with the direction, so I don’t totally blame the actors. I’ll take your advice and pass on this one. Take good care!

    • Thank you for stopping to leave your comments. I do believe I am saving you time and money by passing up on this disappointment. Be well.

      • You’re absolutely right, Mr. Joltz! 🙂 I never even look up a movie time until I check your blog to see if you’ve reviewed the movie, and I almost always agree with your opinions. I used to review movies for Festival of Films, and, like you, I’m a big movie buff. Keep up the great work!

  5. Even I, in case of suffered wrongdoing, tend to go away and don’t say a word… 🙂 Bye Joltz

  6. Wow! I disliked it but I wouldn’t say I hated it. But I had some of the same issues as you did, mainly with the script and direction, and the humor was awful. The car scenes were well filmed in my opinion and were the saving grace. And the acting wasn’t bad, just the dialogue.

    Really longer than it needs to be. D+ movie.

    • I see we are pretty much in agreement for the same things. Seeing Aaron Paul in this film only made me sad. Thanks for coming by and leaving your comments, I appreciate it.

  7. minim star, full action.
    sit and enjoy it!

  8. I didnt enjoy the movie. Its quite boring. But you got nice review.

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