Need for Speed
|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. 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. 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, as Dino offers his rare Lamborghini Sesto Elemento to anyone who can prevent Tobey from entering the race, 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.
After a long drive, Tobey and Julia manage to arrive in San Francisco to register for the race, 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 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. 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.