With the massive success of the billion dollar Fast & Furious franchise, car films have actually become a genre in their own right. And with the aftertaste of its sixth edition still fresh in memory, it could not have been a better time for audiences to experience Need for Speed.
The movie of this popular video game franchise is all set to appeal to a broad range of audiences, not just car and action enthusiasts.
Need for Speed has tapped into the talent from the TV revolution of our age. Need for Speed features the rising Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, whose very screen presence and powerful performance do wonders to its appeal. Starring Paul was one of the factors why drama fans came flocking to the theater.
And since its release, Need for Speed has already grossed over $130 million.
Well the movie certainly has created a stir at its Premiere on March 28 in Rawalpindi.
The film is about a former race driver living as a broke mechanic. He hits the road again and loses everything he has to a rival in a bet. He is framed for a crime and must race against the clock to avenge the humiliation in a thrilling way.
The film has its share of mandatory clichés and cheesy lines, but they may not backfire considering how they were expected by some in the genre. However, the film makes up for any of its shortcomings in the script through its stunning visual effects. The film is particularly brought to life by Michael Keaton’s entertaining appearance.
Furthermore, a great reason to respect the film is its remarkable car chasing stunts. The remarkable visual effects, the driver POV chase shots and stunts are the greatest achievement of director Scott Waugh in the film. And it is the action that has drawn such massive audience to this movie.
Unlike contemporary Hollywood, the production of the film does not lean on CGI for the execution of some of its most jaw dropping stunt scenes. The stunts certainly remind you of the originality of car chases in the 70s and 80s.
Whether it is the startling realism of collisions or a breathtaking scene involving a US Army chopper… Well let’s just keep spoilers to that.
But all in all, Need for Speed is a real treat if you can’t get enough of action and thrills on the screen. Featuring cars such as Ford Mustang, Shelby GT500, McLaren P1, Lamborghini Sesto Elemento and Koenigsegg Ageras, the film is a must watch for car enthusiasts.
And nothing beats the only 3D show in town at Cine Goldplex in Bahria Town, which just celebrated the premiere with top Pakistani motorsports enthusiasts. Most of the audience at the premiere were awestruck by the stunning visuals of the film and were thrilled to be at the event.
But don't worry if you were not there. Just don’t miss the next show.
For some of you, it may not even be a matter of choice.