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Why the Need for Speed ​​movie might suck...or kick the butt

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ZTSG 04/01/2022 Truck 164
Have you seen the movie "Red Line"? This is a 2007 racing movie, which includes Koenigsegg CCX, Ferrari Enzo, Lamborghini Murcielago, Ford GT, Porsche Carrera GT and many other super sports cars. It s...

Have you seen the movie "Red Line"? This is a 2007 racing movie, which includes Koenigsegg CCX, Ferrari Enzo, Lamborghini Murcielago, Ford GT, Porsche Carrera GT and many other super sports cars. It sounds like the plot of a very bad movie. This is the trailer:

But it sucked. Bad.

The movie itself was contrived and full of cliches. On IMDB it scores a 3.8 out of 10 (which I think is a bit generous,) and is filled with reviews such as “Easily the worst automotive movie or any movie ever made. This makes Showgirls look like Citizen Kane.”

So, the throw-hot-cars-in-a-movie-and-profit formula doesn’t always work then.

So what makes us think that the upcoming Need for Speed movie, which not only might follow the same formula, but is based on a video game with no inherent plotline, might work?

Let’s take a look...

Why it might suck

So why didn’t F&F suck?

Why it might kick ass

The Games

The Cars

This all means nothing

What do you think of the movie so far?

Why it might suck

First, let’s take a look at the movie plot for each.

mmhmm... what about F&F?

Seeing a recurring theme here?

Take a look at an “On the set” short for the Need for Speed movie:

McLaren P1, Saleen S7, Bugatti Veyron, a fake 900 hp Mustang, Lamborghini Sesto Elemento...you can’t say it’s not full of badass cars.

So why didn’t F&F suck?

Because it wasn’t about racing, it was about a subculture. And it had developed characters, was a genuine action film, and even contains little life lessons. The first movie was good, but I started to lose interest after the next two, and embarrassingly I still haven’t seen F&F6 yet. I’ve heard it’s good, and I definitely need to give it a watch.

And that’s precisely why I’m worried about the NFS movie. It’s about racing. To make it good they’ll have to do a helluva lot more than car chases and stunts, no matter how many kick-ass cars are involved. Otherwise they’d do better to just put some of the racing clips up on Youtube and call it a day.

Why it might kick ass

The Games

I’m a nerd for the Need for Speed series of games. I play the hell out of them. And if the movie team does a half-ass decent job, they’ll throw all sorts of references to the game into the movie.

The Cars

I already mentioned quite a few of the cars shown in the clip above – McLaren P1, Lamborghini Sesto Elemento concept, Saleen S7, Koenigsegg Agera R, Mustang, Bugatti Veyron...it’s hard to beat that lineup, and once we hear about the finalized list of cars in the movie, you’ll be hearing about it.

As a worst case scenario, you’ll have two hours of supercar racing and high-action crashes.

This all means nothing

You’re right, it doesn’t. We have no idea what the movie’s going to be like until it gets closer to release, which is set for March 2014.

All we have is previous examples to go by, so let’s just hope that the team behind the Need for Speed movie learned from the mistakes of Redline and others before it, and took what made other car movies a success and builds on it.

If they think all they have to do is show supercars racing and people walking away from explosions in slow motion, it’ll be a disappointment.

What do you think of the movie so far?

Don’t lie-even if you think the movie will suck, you will watch it. Are you excited to see more actions?