Need For Speed Hollywood Premier

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Amidst a picturesque California sunset, the lights began to illuminate the world famous street just in front of the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood. DriveApart was there to take in the spectacle of the latest automotive themed action film, Need For Speed, starring Aaron Paul (Pinkman from Breaking Bad).

The Red Carpet

Considering this is Hollywood and nothing ever runs on time, in this case about 45-minutes, the festivities kicked off with a parade of the movie’s hero cars driven by the stars themselves. They included our main hero car, the Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang piloted by our villain, Dominic Cooper. Followed by Aaron Paul and his wife in a 1969 Ford Torino (which was showing signs of overheating). Caught in the middle was Rami Malek and Ramon Rodriguez in a heavily modified F-450 and rounding off the Ford parade was Kid Cudi in the 2015 Ford Mustang 5.0L. We quickly forgot we were running behind at that point.

Need For Speed Ford F-450 - "The Beast"

The Movie (Spoiler Free)

Car centric movies have a pretty high bar to leap if they really want to make an impact on people who aren’t obsessed with them – yes, shockingly these people do exist. Need For Speed is no different. The formula is simple; acquire some relatively cult famous celebrities, put them into ridiculously expensive cars and film it on camera equipment and rigs so expensive that their budget alone could solve the unemployment crisis.

While the plot is more than predictable and a little fractured, it does solve some issues that are repeat offenders in automotive focused movies. They used real cars, real drivers and real cameras to capture 99% of all the drive and crash sequences. Which is a tall order for any movie with just a single car sequence in it.

Need For Speed Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang

Your first introduction to the high-octane fueled world of Need For Speed is situated in a small town in Upstate New York in the form of a post-modern American Graffiti drive-in. For some reason men, women and children all own high-horsepower muscle cars that are capable of intense drag racing and drift performances. Not that we are complaining about the driving itself, executed by drifting guru Samuel Hübinette and a slew of Hollywood stunt talent, but this utopian world of muscle cars was a bit strange. A cameo race appearance by a Porsche 944, we hope is at the very least a turbo or an LS1 swap, also added a little confusion to this small town automotive prowess.

Need For Speed 1969 Ford Torino
Aaron Paul arrives in style with his wife in a 1969 Ford Torino

As we leave the small town after a small stint in jail for a wrongful and unfortunate street-racing incident we jump into a cross country 45-hour race to make it to the DeLeon – a secret playboy race organization along the California Coast. Embarking on this road trip we noticed not one character eats or sleeps and drifting through small towns to avoid traffic is a normal commute. Kid Cudi’s character plays an ever versatile pilot who is the team’s eye in the sky to offer real time traffic reports with a side of comedy. Something Garmin and Goolge Maps should take into consideration.

What really makes the movie is the moments where the cars revving to high hell racing across the country just makes your smile. Its wonderful to see real burnouts, real jumps (well mostly real) and exotic cars most of us hunt on YouTube for hours just to hear a good sound clip of. They are simply in your face, flipping and trading paint in some of the most picturesque locations across America.

If you want to watch a car movie this Spring and trudge through a common plot, Need For Speed is exactly what you are looking for. It really is a great movie to see kick ass cars, both old and new killing tires gratuitously, but that’s the only reason to see it – although Imogen Poots did put on the best performance of the film.

Need For Speed hits theaters March 14th. 

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  • Nemosufu Namecheck

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    • Charlie

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      And it’s not even a good car article. It’s a half-assed car article trying to cover up a movie promo.

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      • Piglet2010

        The MCN (UK) forums are great for “banter”. :D

        • Dan

          Thanks. Anywhere else I should be looking for substantive analysis? For example, if Michael Uhlarik (Amarok Racing; occational RA contributor) was a regular writer somewhere, I would love to read more of his work.

  • james_russeIl

    So it’s a movie based on a videogame, but not based on any game in the series. Does that mean they’ll make a game based on the movie based on the game?

    • Jack Meoph

      that’s based on the mobile app.

      I will watch this movie when it comes out on DVD/Netflix, because I won’t spend any money on it (except my subscription fee of course). But I will spend time ridiculing it, because that’s what the internet is for, and pron.

  • Benjamin Lindemuth-Mcrobie

    Cool article!

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    Please keep DriveApart APART from RideApart. Thank you.

  • Archie


  • Joe_Bob_Einstein

    Swell…. just swell, fellas.

    2 car craptastic articles down, …. one to go.

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    OMG, Wesssssssss…….. what happened?

    • Piglet2010
      • Geert Willem van der Horst

        Has anybody any clue as to where Wes is heading?

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          I like to believe he’s beavering away building a new site (start with a forum, Wes).

      • Piglet2010

        It appears both Wes and Jen are gone.

        Wes Siler’s LinkedIn profile says (in part), “Past Co-Founder, EIC RideApart June 2012 – March 2014 (1 year 10 months)”

        Jen Degtjarewsky’s LinkedIn profile says (in part), “Editorial Director at RideApart Inc….September 2013 – February 2014 (6 months)”

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    Was there ever a good movie based on a video game. I’m guessing no. Also, I don’t come to a motorcycle site to watch access hollywood.

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    So what are your ten best motorcycle websites?

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      • mbust

        My fear, precisely. There aren’t really any good sites beyond RA. Funny how much time people spend thinking of a killer product, come up with a truly fantastic solution, and then manage to destroy it only a short time after getting started. Excellence is even harder than it seems.

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    • Piglet2010

      Wonder if Wes still holds the rights for the “He11 for Leather” name?

      If anyone in management is reading this, if the general direction continues, my RideApart bookmark will get deleted.

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