Escape to the Movies: Need for Speed - More Boring Than Nascar

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I dunno if it's really a rip off of the Fast and Furious as much as it's a rip off of previous Need For Speed plotlines.

That said they should have just ripped the Most Wanted plot and gone with gratuitous sexual content bordering on the emasculation of their entire audience. Have Josie Maran bending over a bunch of cars, an interracial cop duo (it was african american and asian), various factions... meh who am I kidding, I wish this was a Fast and Furious rip off as opposed to a NFS plotline rip. Like pulling a bank vault like a wreckingball... how do you top that? XD

They should have gone straight up ridiculous or if they wanted a straight plotline, to go with something even marginally original.

But... it's EA, this isn't the last we've seen of them :(

EA's first foray into film adaptations was based on a game that was already plotless enough to be turned into just about any kind of movie -- like, if The Fast and the Furious didn't already exist then they literally could have even made it into that very film -- and they crapped out this mess. You can't even blame the inherent unadaptability of the source material this time; it's basically the Battleship scenario all over again.

Also, this was entirely produced and distributed by EA themselves? That's a first. Usually these things are licensed out or at the very least distributed by some established company like Paramount. Still, if anyone had the capital to back that up it'd be pretty much any halfway mainstream video game publisher on earth. Hell, most AAA games nowadays have what, ten times the budget of a typical Hollywood film or something like that?

RA92:
Even dudebros are insulted by this:

http://jalopnik.com/the-need-for-speed-movie-proves-hollywood-thinks-gearhe-1542241741

Thanks for the link!

Their article on the movie car was awesome too:

http://jalopnik.com/need-for-speeds-star-ford-mustang-is-totally-fake-512450325

Sounds like they got Microsoft to do the PR for it or something.

"Yeah, it's got 900 horsepower and all the vents are functional!*"

RandV80:

Mcoffey:
I'm seeing a lot of shit for the new Flash costume based on some bad paparazzi pictures taken on set, and I don't get it honestly. These costumes never look great until they're in the finished product (Lest we forget Captain America looking ready for trick or treating instead of fighting), and even then the suit doesn't look bad.

I guess the CW hate casts a wide net? I hated Arrow for a while too, but it genuinely did get much better, and Flash looks to continue that trend of sampling the comics more than teenaged melodrama.

Yeah I'm not sure if much like Arrow has been that Flash is being fairly criticized here. Seems like with the success of super hero movies these days people look at these two and expect them to fall somewhere between the Marvel-verse or the Nolan-verse. But The CW started with Smallville well before either of these and that lasted like 8 seasons, creating their own little niche on the market. Is there really anything wrong if they just stick to doing what they already know? I mean they're not really hurting anything here, and the shows are doing well within their own sphere of influence.

Honestly, these days Arrow feels more like something Marvel would do than any of the other DC stuff that's been on the market lately. Regular appearances by characters from the comics, looking pretty much like they're supposed to (Everyone jumps on one derpy Flash shot, but they're very quiet when Slade's gear looks awesome), and now building a shared universe between it and Flash (And possibly the Hourman show they might be doing, to say nothing of the larger DCCU).

TV DC is hitting all the right beats these days, but it still gets raked over the coals for the mistakes made in the early days, as well as the mistakes of the movies. Doesn't seem very fair to me.

Wait, people think Aaron Paul was GOOD on Breaking Bad? Really? I figured we were all laughing at his terrible douchey overacting and that that's what made his character good. Huh, color me surprised... Granted, I was never that much into Breaking Bad, but from what I saw, Paul played the joke character, the butt monkey - adequate for the role, but giving him a lead in a movie? I just don't see it.

Ain't it sad that the success of this was the fastest way to a mass effect movie?

Jandau:
Wait, people think Aaron Paul was GOOD on Breaking Bad? Really? I figured we were all laughing at his terrible douchey overacting and that that's what made his character good. Huh, color me surprised... Granted, I was never that much into Breaking Bad, but from what I saw, Paul played the joke character, the butt monkey - adequate for the role, but giving him a lead in a movie? I just don't see it.

U wot

beg ur perdon

no?

A good amount of (read: most) people praised his performance. He won an award for it. He's pretty much one of the few last characters you can even cling on to for normality in that show once everything goes to hell, and he's a METH ADDICT. I'm honestly surprised :P

OT:
Yeah well, ever since he did that whole "Hey everyone, it's me, that guy from Breaking Bad, and you should watch my movie" while having the face of someone who can't believe he's doing this for youtube adverts, I haven't had the most faith. It's a movie adaptation of a franchise that has a notable lack of... anything to put into a movie, which didn't embrace the silliness and also didn't try to make something interesting (Pretty much as said in this review). Another game movie bites the dust.

Aaron Paul is a terrible actor, there is something unsettling and strange about looking at his face and his tiny teeth. Even with an Unlimited cinema card, I will be giving this film a miss.

That picture of the Flash made me cringe.

I wonder if the home release of this movie will require you to install Origin before being allowed to watch it.

But Koenigsegg??

And McLaren P1.

And the Lambroghini Sesto Elemento.

MinionJoe:

RA92:
Even dudebros are insulted by this:

http://jalopnik.com/the-need-for-speed-movie-proves-hollywood-thinks-gearhe-1542241741

Thanks for the link!

Their article on the movie car was awesome too:

http://jalopnik.com/need-for-speeds-star-ford-mustang-is-totally-fake-512450325

Sounds like they got Microsoft to do the PR for it or something.

"Yeah, it's got 900 horsepower and all the vents are functional!*"

No problem. :)

Jalopnik and Fox Trot Alpha are the only Gawker sites I managed to find that are bearable.

Ferisar:

Jandau:
Wait, people think Aaron Paul was GOOD on Breaking Bad? Really? I figured we were all laughing at his terrible douchey overacting and that that's what made his character good. Huh, color me surprised... Granted, I was never that much into Breaking Bad, but from what I saw, Paul played the joke character, the butt monkey - adequate for the role, but giving him a lead in a movie? I just don't see it.

U wot

beg ur perdon

no?

A good amount of (read: most) people praised his performance. He won an award for it. He's pretty much one of the few last characters you can even cling on to for normality in that show once everything goes to hell, and he's a METH ADDICT. I'm honestly surprised :P

Huh... Seems I just didn't click with his character. I found him one of the least relateable people in the show and honestly couldn't wait for him to leave every time he was in a scene. But again, BB was never really my cup of tea. Also, an award? Really? I just don't see it (as in, don't see how he'd get one)... Oh well, different tastes and all that, I suppose.

I'm not sure where this went wrong. The NFS games either have no plot, casting you as a generic cop or street racer just out to drive fast, or a plot casting you as a douche street racer out to get revenge on a douchier street racer that did you wrong. The whole series is an excuse to drive fast through over elaborate set pieces and crash expensive cars. How do you mess that up?

I swear, the next EA movie better be Henry Hatsworth or I'm out.

Daniel Lowery:
If EA is making films, then next time, you'll have to pre-order your ticket for the next film before it has been started and then pay more for such extra scenes as the ending.

And if you buy the season pass, you get all the scenes in the movie, except the climactic car-chase, which is not included in the season pass for no particular reason and must be purchased separately.

On second thoughts, having the option to exclude certain parts from a movie such as this may actually make it better.

The New Yoshi's Island scene is one of two things:

1. A "Here we go again!" situation.

2. How you deal with an unexpected pregnency in the Mushroom Kingdom.

I really was secretly hoping this would be good, simply for how awesome the cars would look, but no. Personally i hate the new need for speed games, its niche was street racing with customizing cars that are over the top and they should of based it of that, for example car in game


that would of been cool in a movie that was what need for speed is know for instead we get stuff like this

Generic boring expensive exotic cars that look like any F and F movie ones. Shoot even fast a furious did in better in one movie

See those cars, THOSE are what needed to be in this movie THOSE capture the personality of need for speed cars, but its EA i guess they were not content with IP milking games, now they need to do it with movies too.

Don't pre-order tickets. I guarantee they'll close the cinema for not plugging in a projector, calling it "technical issues" while the managers are in the office counting money. I still can't count out Aaron Paul, but this one will hurt his movie career for sure.

SO EA's branched out into ruining films now?

Daniel Lowery:
If EA is making films, then next time, you'll have to pre-order your ticket for the next film before it has been started and then pay more for such extra scenes as the ending.

Haha, that's aptly put!
I bet they wished it was possible, since they've turned into such a massive crapfactory.

Wonder if this will go like Square Enix and Final Fantasy Spirits Within.
In which case; please DO go broke on your movie, EA. You're hurting this industry so badly!!! :(

arc1991:
To be fair, if this is EA's first film and it was just "Boring" not bad or good, then i have to congratulate them, like, seriously, good one EA, Bravo.

If they started out like this, it can only get better...right? Or am i just kidding myself? xD

*looks at EA's track record on games* eeeeehhhhhhhh...... I wouldn't get my hopes up.

OT: First I've heard of this movie since it was announced and even back then I knew it'd be boring just by the logo that'd appear on the box. It's the whole pattern recognition that Yahtzee talks about.

As you can tell, the EA method of checklists, charts and focus groups creates miracles.

A lot of games have plots that are silly and might not translate well into film... but one would think that a racing game would be hard to screw up. It's about racing, you just need enough plot to justify street racing. Ask our hero why he's in illegal street racing and he says, "I got bills to pay, I got mouths to feed, ain't nuttin' in this world for free. Now gimme your wallet."

Though to be honest, of all the racing games I have no idea why anyone would say "We have to do Need for Speed!" Yes, I know it's EA looking for cruel and unusual ways to milk their franchises, but I really can't think of anything about Need for Speed that makes it stand out. A Ridge Racer movie would have a hot chick doing their best Reiko Nagase cosplay, and that would be something to look forward to XD

I forget that one game, but it was the one with the traps and explosions, and dropping planes on foes. That would be pretty crazy to have onscreen as a pure popcorn flick.

Driver... just make Driver: San Fransisco a movie already! I suck at racing games, but it was good fun.

This confirmed my suspicions, when I saw the preview for this when I saw Thor 2: Car porn and poor story and acting. I love the car lineup because its like having your NFS: Hot Pursuit lineup there. But, I do have to say that this lived up to be a big flop just like NFS: The Run.

njrk97:

This image looks like a Power Ranger team, I swear to god.

I'm a bit confused that of all the IP they have access to, they chose one to film that already has a well entrenched competition in The Fast and The Furious franchise.

MrFalconfly:
But Koenigsegg??

And McLaren P1.

And the Lambroghini Sesto Elemento.

Yeah, I spotted the Koenigsegg in MovieBob's video and was like "Okay, now I'm mildly interested..."

...just not interested enough to actually buy a ticket.

Brilliant video, Bob. I got dragged to this movie earlier this evening and kept wishing it could be over. It was insanely boring, which is weird to say about an action/racing flick. Either the film's story itself is genuinely interesting or the action scenes are least fun enough to watch if you let your brain go a little numb. Those can both be good reasons to watch action movies. This movie really is neither of those. Wouldn't mind having it on as a movie the background of my web-surfing and gaming, but wouldn't really want to sit down and watch it.

Poor Aaron Paul. Really, the entire cast in Breaking Bad is incredible in their roles, so you want to hope those actors have a bright future past television and into film. Maybe he is, or maybe his role in Breaking Bad just suited him so well. I wouldn't mind seeing him in something else in the future, but he's not really a leading role kind of actor.

Good vid as always Bob, hit the fine points and what not. That being said I'd like to focus on something that's been bothering me. Thankfully you showed a clip at the end of the video; the Flash. Why? I honestly feel like screaming that at the sky all dramatic like, but I'd only get noise complaints. Of all the superheroes DC has, why Flash? It's not that I hate the character, I just think he's less deserving of a film than anyone else in the JLA. If this is going to be an origin story a chunk of the film is him getting his powers under control. Otherwise what's the challenge to someone that can move at the speed of light (if not faster) Which means the only possible opponent he could face would be another speedster or just someone/something that robs him of his powers. It has been awhile since I've read a Flash comic, but I do recall Mirror Master being one of the few bad guys that gave him serious trouble. Or is this going to be the watered down Flash we saw in the cartoons? Tripping over rubble and crashing into walls? Why not Aquaman? I'd think they'd jump at the chance to create Atlantis as some vast underwater metropolis. Martin Manhunter might have been more interesting. (although I can't recall his true origin atm)I just have a feeling it's going to be a repeat of Green lantern, promising, but a little flat.

Just going to say it: I think Aaron Paul is a pretty bad actor.
Yes, he fit Breaking Bad but I have the feeling that is going to be one of the few places he fit. I personally don't even rate him in Breaking Bad either. I think he was good because of everything around him and he sort of fit the part.
No surprise that he sucks in this then.

njrk97:
I really was secretly hoping this would be good, simply for how awesome the cars would look, but no. Personally i hate the new need for speed games, its niche was street racing with customizing cars that are over the top and they should of based it of that, for example car in game


that would of been cool in a movie that was what need for speed is know for instead we get stuff like this

Generic boring expensive exotic cars that look like any F and F movie ones. Shoot even fast a furious did in better in one movie

See those cars, THOSE are what needed to be in this movie THOSE capture the personality of need for speed cars, but its EA i guess they were not content with IP milking games, now they need to do it with movies too.

I get what they were going for - in the F&F franchise, the cars themselves are "yet another custom charger/mustang/camaro". No-one really cares what's under the hood, what matters is the personalities of who's driving it (and to a lesser extent how that personality reflected in how they've pimped their ride). No-one particularly cares if they swap cars 3-4 (or more) times during the movie, it's all about the ride.

But F&F dominates the personality war - Diesel, Walker, Rodriguez, Gibson, Ludacris, The Rock. I can understand why the decision was made "Let's make it more about the cars" again. The cars featured in N4S aren't just "yet another exotic car" - these are limited edition concept cars that make millionaires cry when they read the price tag. The Agera alone costs over $4million, with the Veyron around $2million. AND they're featured in the games.

The problem is these concept cars are so niche they're unlikely to pull in audiences by themselves - 99.9% of people have probably never heard of Bugatti or Koenigsegg, and when they hear Lamborghini and Ferrari they tend to think of the models you can pick up for "only" ~$75k.

I can understand WHY they wanted to take a different angle than "101 Custom Muscle Cars", but I don't think the angle they chose is going to put butts on seats.

This movie will most likely bomb and EA will use that as an excuse to say "Alright then, no Mass Effect movie!"

It's a sad state of affairs when we have to support a shitty movie in order to get the possibility of seeing a slightly less shitty movie

synobal:
WTF was that torque clip, it was so retarded I was left wanting more.

Hear, Hear. Bob, can't you please make a Torque review here or in The Big Picture? Please?

My thoughts 5 minutes into the review: "Oh, this isn't a Fast and Furious-movie."

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