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272 Ratings

Need for Speed

Directed by Scott Waugh
United States, 2014
Action, Crime


Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.

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Need for Speed Directed by Scott Waugh
Its first and best racing sequence—set at night on the twisty streets of a small town—is a minor triumph of old-school craft, constructed without the use of music or the now-standard GoPro crash cams… Need For Speed’s dialogue-centric scenes are often clunky, and its comic relief is at times embarrassingly unfunny, but whenever Waugh shifts his focus to figuring out how to best convey an ingenious practical stunt with the camera, the movie comes alive.
March 13, 2014
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Here’s what you do: See Need for Speed in 3-D in the biggest theater imaginable, but bring along a pair of noise-canceling headphones, the kind you can turn on and off. Then — and I’m serious about this — just turn them on every time anyone in the movie opens their mouth… This is a movie with breathtakingly visceral racing scenes, and they are matched by a breathtakingly, breathtakingly terrible script.
March 13, 2014
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The (sometimes long) spaces between the spectacle have filled with ample, if hardly world-beating ingenuity. We’re not saying that Waugh is the new Howard Hawks or anything, just that there is an admirable robustness to this industrially produced work.
March 12, 2014
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