Need for Speed (film)

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Need for Speed
Need For Speed poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Scott Waugh
Produced by John Gatins
Patrick O'Brien
Mark Sourian
Screenplay by George Gatins
Story by George Gatins
John Gatins
Based on Need for Speed 
by Electronic Arts
Starring Aaron Paul
Dominic Cooper
Scott Mescudi
Imogen Poots
Ramón Rodríguez
Michael Keaton
Music by Nathan Furst
Cinematography Shane Hurlbut
Edited by Paul Rubell
Scott Waugh
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • March 12, 2014 (2014-03-12) (UK)
  • March 14, 2014 (2014-03-14)
Running time 130 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $66 million[2]
Box office $203.3 million[3]

Need for Speed is a 2014 American action film directed by Scott Waugh, written by George Gatins and John Gatins and produced by DreamWorks Pictures. Based on the series of video games by Electronic Arts, the film stars Aaron Paul as street racer Tobey Marshall, who sets off to race cross-country, as a way of avenging his friend's death at the hands of a rival racer (Dominic Cooper).

Need for Speed was released by Touchstone Pictures on March 14, 2014, in 3D, IMAX, and conventional theaters. Despite receiving generally negative reviews from critics, the film went on to earn $203.2 million at the worldwide box office.


The films starts with Monarch talking about Tobey Marshall, a former race car driver who owns a Mount Kisco, New York garage, where he and his friends service and tune cars.Monarch talks about Tobey's racing ability and wants him to race in his race called the De Leon provided if he has a high-end car. Struggling to make ends meet, he and his crew participate in street races after hours. One day, Dino Brewster, Tobey's former rival also from Mt. Kisco, arrives at his garage in a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren with an offer to complete the build of a rare Ford Shelby Mustang worked on by the late Carroll Shelby.[4] Dino wants Tobey and his crew to complete the project in exchange for 25% of the car's estimated selling price of $2 million. Despite objections from the crew, Tobey agrees to the deal.

Upon completion of the project, the Shelby Mustang is put up for auction at a party. Tobey and Dino meet Julia, an Englishwoman who agrees to pay $3 million if the car can go over 230 mph, as Tobey claims. The next morning at a nearby track, Tobey gets the Mustang to reach 234 mph, prompting Julia to purchase it for $2.7 million. Later, Dino challenges Tobey and his partner Pete Coleman, a.k.a. Little Pete, to race his uncle's three Koenigsegg Ageras from his mansion to a bridge over Interstate 684.[5] If Tobey wins, he gets Dino's 75% of the Mustang deal; if he loses, he gives up his 25%. During the race, Dino tags Pete's car, sending it to flip down a ravine while bursting into flames. Dino disappears from the scene, and Tobey is sent to jail for involuntary manslaughter, as there is no evidence pointing to Dino's involvement.

Two years later, Tobey is released on parole and he sets out to avenge Pete's death. He is able to borrow the Shelby Mustang he had worked on from Julia. Tobey and Julia set to enter the De Leon, a winner-take-all race organized by Monarch; for this, they have to reach San Francisco before the race starts in two days. The Shelby Mustang causes an interstate chase with police and other racers,[6] as Dino offers his rare Lamborghini Sesto Elemento to anyone who can prevent Tobey from entering the race,[7] which prompts a huge number of street racers trying to stop Tobey from making it to San Francisco.

Tobey and Julia manage to reach Utah, only to have their Shelby Mustang forced off-road by a couple of trucks that surround it by a cliff, whose drivers are also for Dino's prize, but Benny, a.k.a Maverick, a member of Tobey's crew, appears in a Sea King helicopter he stole from the National Guard and tows the Shelby Mustang mid-air to the Bonneville Salt Flats, where Tobey's crew awaits them. Benny is later arrested by the military for theft of the helicopter when the Military in fighter jets told him to head back to base.[8]

After a long drive, Tobey and Julia manage to arrive in San Francisco to register for the race,[9] but Julia has to be hospitalized as a result of the murder attempt by Dino's right-hand man by ramming the Mustang with a truck. Meanwhile, Anita, Dino's girlfriend and Little Pete's sister, has become aware of Dino's plans. She searches his computer and discovers the Agera R, which Dino drove when Pete was killed, is stored in a local warehouse in San Francisco. Anita gives Tobey the location of the car, as well as her engagement ring from Dino, and tells him to inform Dino that she is through with him for the death of her brother. Since the Mustang is totaled, Tobey proceeds to take the Koenigsegg.

The next morning, Tobey surprises Dino by not only showing up in the Agera R, but also giving him Anita's ring. The race involves six cars, Tobey's Agera R, Dino's Sesto Elemento, English Paul's Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, Texas Mike's McLaren P1, Gooch's Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo, and Johnny V's GTA Spano. Following the De Leon(where several cars are eliminated by the police cars such as the GTA Spano, the Bugatti Veyron, and the Saleen S7), Tobey, Texas Mike and Dino race side-by-side along the Pacific Coast Highway[10] before Dino taps the bumper of the P1, causing the car to crash. Dino and Tobey are left and Dino attempts to push Tobey off the road, after being neck and neck, but Tobey slams the brakes, causing Dino to miss and his car flips and crash, causing the Lambo to catch fire. Tobey sees the finish line, but turns around to pull Dino from the car in flames.

After rescuing Dino, Tobey does finish and win the race, but then both of them are arrested by the California Highway Patrol while Tobey looks at the lighthouse, realizing that it's the home of the reclusive Monarch as well as realizing that Little Pete's vision that he spoke about earlier on in the movie has become a reality. With the missing Koenigsegg found, Dino is sent to jail for his involvement with Little Pete's death. Tobey serves six months in prison for illegal street racing before he is once again released and reunites with Julia in a brand new red 2015 Ford Mustang.[11] The film ends as the couple heads to Utah to the military prison where Benny is getting released early for good behavior because he started a fitness program for the inmates.



In July 2012, DreamWorks Studios was committed to a film based on the Need for Speed series of video games by Electronic Arts, initially with a release date of February 7, 2014, and later March 14, 2014.[19] Brothers George and John Gatins had written a script that was being shopped to studios by April of that year.[20] Taylor Kitsch was offered the lead role in July 2012,[21] though the role eventually went to Aaron Paul that October.[12] Paul had originally auditioned for the role of Dino Brewster, although director Scott Waugh and DreamWorks head Steven Spielberg decided against that and cast him as the lead.[22] The same month, Imogen Poots was cast as the female lead.[14] In January 2013, Dominic Cooper, Kid Cudi, Ramón Rodríguez, Rami Malek and Harrison Gilbertson were cast in the film.[23] Michael Keaton was cast in February 2013.[17]

Principal photography began in Macon, Georgia, in mid-April 2013.[24] Other filming locations include Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, on May 12, 2013,[25] the 13th Street Bridge in Columbus, Georgia, and Campus Martius in Detroit, Michigan, beginning on June 1, 2013.[26][27] Other production locations include sections of California's Highway 1 north of Point Arena, CA, the Point Arena Lighthouse, and Highway 253 between Booneville, CA and Ukiah, CA; and also Highway 128, between the town of Navarro and the Navarro Bridge linking Highway 128 North to Highway 1 South to Point Arena, California.

For the film's chase sequences, the filmmakers decided against the use of computer-generated imagery, instead employing practical effects, which required the cast to receive extensive driving lessons.[22][28] For the final race sequences and the car crashes the production unit used propped supercars.


On September 25, 2013, DreamWorks released the film's trailer[29] on iTunes.[30] Disney and DreamWorks announced the film's post-production conversion to 3D on February 5, 2014.[31]

Need for Speed held its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre on March 7, 2014.[32] The film was released by Touchstone Pictures on March 14, 2014, in selected 3D, IMAX, and conventional 2D theaters.

Home media[edit]

Need for Speed was released by Touchstone Home Entertainment on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Blu-ray 3D on August 5, 2014.


Box office[edit]

Need for Speed has earned $43,369,179 in North America and $159,700,000 in other countries, as of May 19, 2014, for a worldwide total of $203,069,179.[3] In North America, it topped the box office with $6.66 million on its opening Friday, March 14, 2014.[33] However, the film finished in third place over the three-day weekend (Friday-to-Sunday) with $17.8 million.[34][35] Outside North America, the film debuted in first place with $45.6 million on the same weekend as its North America release.[36] It remained in first place for a second weekend.[37] Overall, the film's largest territory is China, where both the film's opening weekend ($21.1 million)[38] and its total earnings ($66.2 million)[39] are higher than in North America. Following these two territories in total earnings is Russia and the CIS with $13.8 million.[40]

Critical response[edit]

Need for Speed received generally negative reviews from film critics. The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 22% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 154 reviews, with an average score of 4.3 out of 10; the consensus states: "With stock characters and a preposterous plot, this noisily diverting video game adaptation fulfills a Need for Speed and little else."[41] On Metacritic it holds a score of 39 based on 38 reviews, indicating generally unfavorable reviews.[42]

Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune gave the film 2.5 out of 4 stars, remarking that "Paul has talent, though the actor's idea of simmering intensity in the context of Need for Speed comes off more like serial killer in the making. Cooper, by contrast, seems to be having some fun playing a dashing, dastardly, sexy beast." Philips added, "At its occasional best, the thrills in the film recall the delirious fun of the Fast & Furious franchise."[43] Betsy Sharkey of Los Angeles Times felt similarly, writing "In trying for the vicarious varoom of the street-racing video game that inspired it, and no doubt dreaming of Fast success, Speed clocks in at a long two-plus hours and falls painfully short."[44] Jason Torchinsky of the automotive blog Jalopnik decried the movie for insulting gearheads with its far-reaching suspension of disbelief on many plot points and tropes and stated the film was nothing more than a glorified car commercial for the 2015 Ford Mustang.[45]

A.O. Scott of The New York Times gave a more positive review, praising the film's car chase sequences, while declaring the overall film "an energetic, unpretentious B movie".[46]

West Coast Midnight Run publication's Jon Shiin declared the movie “emotionally softer and more Valentino than Fast and Furious high octane threads.” relative to its main competition.[47]


Need for Speed (Original Motion Picture Score)
Film score by Nathan Furst
Released March 14, 2014
Genre Film score
Length 40:40
Label Varèse Sarabande

The film's soundtrack, composed by Nathan Furst, was released by Varèse Sarabande on March 14, 2014. Interscope Records released a separate EP on April 8, 2014, which featured four songs; "Fortunate Son" and "Back in the Saddle" by Aloe Blacc, "All Along the Watchtower" by Jamie N Commons, and "Hero" by Kid Cudi and Skylar Grey. Linkin Park's song "Roads Untraveled" from their 2012 album "Living Things" was also featured in the film.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Nathan Furst.

No. Title Length
1. "Marshall Motors"   2:29
2. "Lighthouse"   1:25
3. "Mt Kisco"   4:47
4. "Mustang Offer"   1:44
5. "Identical Ageras"   2:02
6. "Koenigsegg Race"   2:05
7. "Pete’s Death"   3:59
8. "Right Seater"   2:08
9. "You Always Go Back"   3:42
10. "Motor City Mayhem"   2:09
11. "Grasshopper"   1:42
12. "Hot Fuel"   5:13
13. "Crazy Little Tart"   5:17
14. "Switching Seats"   1:54
15. "Utah Escape"   3:54
16. "California Crossing"   3:40
17. "Broken"   6:26
18. "De Leon Begins"   7:01
19. "Lethal Force"   4:25
20. "In the Lead"   4:32
Total length:


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