"Need for Speed", By the Numbers

Friday March 14th, 2014

In Need for Speed, which hits theaters today, Aaron Paul picks up where we last saw him in Breaking Bad: Driving a car at a high rate of speed (though now with fewer emotional scars). He plays Tobey Marshall, an ex-convict street racer looking to settle an old score with rival Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper) by taking him on in a high-stakes race. Along the way, Marshall has to contend with the police, as well as a bounty that’s been put on his head.

But that's all plot stuff, and Need for Speed is decidedly not a film in which plot matters. It's a movie inspired by a video game about exotic vehicles, and there are plenty on display: Lamborghinis, Bugattis, McLarens, Benzes—even refueling tanks get a spotlight (it’s your time to shine, refueling tanks!). It’s too early to tell if NfS has the cajones to match the success of the Fast and Furious films, but for anyone desiring a more specific breakdown of what it does have, we kept count.


Illustration by Hevan Chan

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