First Trailer and New Images for NEED FOR SPEED Starring Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, and Imogen Poots [UPDATED]

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DreamWorks has released the first trailer for director Scott Waugh’s (Act of Valor) video game adaptation Need for Speed. The film chronicles a cross-country race against time as a blue-collar mechanic (Aaron Paul) who was framed for manslaughter by a wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver (Dominic Cooper) sets out for revenge in a high-stakes underground racing tournament. Judging by the trailer, Need for Speed is almost the opposite of what I expected. I assumed it would simply try to rival the Fast & Furious movies, and instead it looks far more dramatic. There’s no rule that an adaptation of a video game can’t be serious, and the car stuff looks good. Consider me interested.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Imogen Poots, Kid Cudi, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson, Dakota Johnson, and Michael Keaton. Need for Speed opens in theaters on March 14, 2014. [Update: DreamWorks has released two new images from the film, which are now included after the jump.]

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Here’s the official synopsis for Need for Speed:

Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, DreamWorks Pictures’ “Need for Speed” captures the thrills of the game in a real-world setting. An exciting return to the great car-culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when authenticity brought a new level of intensity to the action, “Need for Speed” taps into what makes the American myth of the open road so enticing.

The story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country race against time—one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. In a last attempt to save his struggling garage, blue-collar mechanic Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul)—who with his team skillfully builds and races muscle cars on the side—reluctantly partners with wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). Just as a major sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save the business, a disastrous, unsanctioned race results in Dino framing Tobey for manslaughter.

Two years later and fresh out of prison, Tobey is set on revenge with plans to take down Dino in the high-stakes De Leon race—the Super Bowl of underground racing. To get there in time, Tobey must run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet, dodging cops coast-to-coast and dealing with fallout from a dangerous bounty Dino put on his car. With his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia as allies, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.

 

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  • Marcus

    I like Scott but can I be honest? This looks like total crap. And that cheeseball voice over isn’t helping you AT ALL. You guys need a new trailer (without the video game dialogue) – trust me on this one ; )

  • Mars

    How can you say you were surprised for the better? The voice-over was cringe-inducing and the car stuff looked so cheap. Scott Waugh clearly wasn’t given a real production budget and probably shot the whole movie on 7D’s and GoPro’s. Whoever writes these opinions is a total fucking tool.

    • http://movieguynewsreviews.blogspot.com/ Josh

      so because their opinion is different then yours they’re a tool? no offense, but you’re a fucking idiot. All film is subjective to different opinions. There is no definitive good or bad movie. I personally agree with them and think this looks great. Way better than I expected.

      • Samuel

        I’m sorta with Mars, but without the harshness. But i think that Waugh would have gone the 7D and GoPro route even with a budget. I watched a behind the scenes which made the car chase shots look pretty mindblowing – so who knows. Its just the voiceover is trite and it does look a bit cheap and nasty. Fingers crossed that we are wrong.

      • axalon

        It was nice that you wrote “no offense” before calling him a f*cking idiot.

      • Mitchell Taco Nash

        Haha. Yeah, good point. It’s like when someone says, “Now, I’m not racist, but…”, then follows up with something extremely racist.

  • Thomas Andersen

    Looks kind of cheap. To CGIy and too much like a video game introduction.

    • Nerdgasm

      You realize that besides the first car that is on fire flipping that there’s no CGI in this trailer other than touch up right? You’re an idiot.

      • Thomas Andersen

        I said CGIy didn’t I? By that I mean cheap looking. So who is the idiot?

  • bretthickman

    It pretty much looks exactly as I imagined it would. Fairly crappy, but maybe better than F&F

  • Zoxx

    Aaron Paul needs new representation badly. To go from Breaking Bad to this….

    • bombinUSA

      who was aaron paul before breaking bad? he had some minor roles in mi3 and other tv shows (x-files), but he didn’t have much of a career. Now he’s got his very first starring role in a feature film right after breaking bad and you’re questioning his representation? lol

      • Nick

        Not his very first starring role in a film but otherwise I agree. Plus this looks decent to me. Surprised some troll hasn’t said “so.. It’s breaking bad, with cars instead of meth” lol. It wouldn’t make sense but still I expected that somehow.

  • Craig Boyd

    So this is a movie based on a video game that’s based on a movie quote? This is gonna be FAAAAAN-TASTIC!

  • peter

    I was expecting Vin Diesel and The Rock to appear any minute

  • Tony Wesh

    anyone know the name of the soundtrack used in the trailer?

    • Strong Enough

      Lady Gaga: “Do Your Homework”

      • Tony Wesh

        Congratulations, you’ve achieved the highest level of being a dumbass

      • Strong Enough

        and you sir have 3 thumbs down

      • Tony Wesh

        and yet I don’t care

      • Strong Enough

        yes you do. deep down inside you do.

    • Gunther

      Same trailer they use for PROMETHEUS trailer. It’s a classical piece done by Max Richter

      • Tony Wesh

        Thank you

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  • Rjd123

    It’s so funny coming to Collider and having everybody hate on trailers. How many trailers have looked amazing only to spurn out a terrible movie and vice versa?! We will find out whether the movie’s good when it comes out.

  • Strong Enough

    Need For Speed: Shakespeare Mode

  • bidi

    i feel like we were just given a bad trailer. i just can’t believe they’re taking this premise THAT seriously. i feel like they were going for Man of Steel or something, cuz the internet approval for that was so overwhelming. it’s gotta be way more fun than this. i mean it stars Kid Cudi for God’s sake. it’s not gonna Oscar bait. just next trailer, tone down the super seriousness and let’s have some fun. throw in a few “yeah, bitches!” and we got ourselves a movie

  • Kevin

    Why are most videogame movies based on videogames without stories?

  • Jamesy

    I like that the tone seems different from F&F and doesn’t look like a straight up racing movie. I think they leaned more towards the serious side with the first trailer to distinguish it from F&F on purpose, maybe with the second trailer or some clips we’ll see some more of the tone they’re trying for. Love Aaron Paul so will give it a chance, and those saying it looks too much cgi, I didn’t spot any dodgy effects? The races and cars looked realistic to me.

  • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

    My guess is that the full intent was to separate this from Fast & Furious. That is the purpose and it worked on me. I’m interested now.

    Agree with many that the actual tone is not going to be quite so serious and the quote started a little cheese but as it went on I think it worked.

  • NICK НΛRT

    i actually think it looks pretty decent. sure the voice over sounds a little bit cheesy and was probably done at the last minute, but the racing stuff looks pretty damn cool in my opinion

    • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

      I’m with you. It looks like just the right amount of seriousness and cheese.

      • Jamesy

        Aaron Paul is…Serious Cheese!!! Coming summer 2014

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  • LEM

    That trailer is awful.

  • Mikey The Riot

    Looks better than all Fast & Furious movies… Im serious btw. Ill take Aaron Paul over Vin Diesel any day. Good for him, he’s a great actor and deserves to be put in big budget action movies.

  • cineast4

    Where’s batman?

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  • HerbalHobgoblin

    So Jessie got a new license….

  • Prince Gupta

    NFS is my most loved game in my life, but now i have to watch the movie in any cost …………..cuz whatever i’ve played i wanna see how does it looks in real

  • Prince Gupta

    NFS is my most loved game in my life, but now i have to watch the movie in any cost …………..cuz whatever i’ve played i wanna see how does it looks in real

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