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Fast and fabulous
Thursday 20th March 2014 @ 12:48 by Nigel Skinner
Film Reviews



Attention all you petrol heads, boy racers and gamers, Need For Speed has finally crashed into our cinemas. Tobey
Marshall (Aaron Paul) jumps from his prison cell to the driver’s seat of a super car as he joins a cross-country race fuelled with revenge in order to get the girl and be the hero.

Well, that’s a taste of it,
so let’s get moving.

Toby owns and runs a garage in a small town in upstate New York. Along with his friends he build and tunes fast cars for a living.

Sounds pretty great already, right? But surprise, surprise things take a wrong turning when Toby is incarcerated and the garage closes.

I think that’s enough of the storyline, best not to spoil it for you. The film is action-packed from the word go, and believe me you’ll love every second.

I even thought the plot was great, but it was the cars that took my breath away.

The film is based principally around the cars and the people driving them, so the inevitable romance is forced to take a back seat. But you probably won’t notice, you’ll be to busy with everything else that’s going on.

The sound and the visuals
are second to none, simply impeccable.

Being based on such an iconic computer game, where anything is possible, this film has a lot to live up to, but every movement in every shot was perfect.

I was also very pleased with how well they incorporated the game into the film. Taking the famous in car POV (Point Of View) shot that Need For Speed games are famous for and integrating it into the film really gave me my gamer’s buzz.

One thing that stunned me was the sound; all I can say is WOW. From the very first rev. in the film your body shakes and rumbles, you feel like you are actually sitting in the car, just astounding.

Honestly, I was blown away by this film. Being a filmmaker myself I always have one eye on the technical side of the movie and I was truly impressed, but there’s also the story, woven around the action, that keeps you captivated and keeps you wanting more.

As for the acting, the very
talented Aaron Paul, best known for his role in Breaking Bad is the star.

This is his first major film role, and he did a great job.
I’m sure he is on his way to stardom and shaking that Breaking Bad catch phrase. A newcomer to this type of film was the leading lady Imogen Poots and once again what a great job she did, adding a
little bit of English beauty and poise to this crash bang

We all have our favourite movie genre and I have to come clean, this is probably mine, as you’ve no doubt guessed!

But as always I’ll let you decide for yourselves. With great visuals, story and cast you have no excuse not to see this one. So speed off down to
Cineworld before it’s gone.

Fraser Cottrell