Need for Speed is definitely a movie that's worth getting hyped for this spring. Even if you don't buy into the epic tale of revenge that has been teased in the trailers, this video game adaptation looks worth watching for its beautiful cars, high speeds and devastating wrecks alone, and it's no surprise that the cars have been at the center of a lot of the marketing.
A new featurette goes inside the "Muscle Car Foundry" and gets under the hood of Need for Speed's car porn. Before being allowed in front of the camera, the film's vintage muscle cars were tooled up at SMS Supercars to allow for greater speeds and more effective stunt driving. Aaron Paul's character, Tobey Marshall, drives a custom-built Mustang with a 900-horsepower all-aluminum supercharged 5.8-liter V8 engine. It goes pretty fast.
Over at Yahoo there's a new UK quad poster for Need for Speed, which has pretty much everything you could want: cars, cars, Aaron Paul, more cars, and a car dangling from a helicopter. The latter is the result of an insane stunt that can be seen in the second Need for Speed trailer, but it's just one of many cool moves that were more or less almost entirely pulled off for real, without the aid of CGI.
As epic as this story of "love, vengeance and motor oil" might be, the cars themselves are very much going to be the stars of Need for Speed. Earlier featurettes showed Paul and the other actors being trained up in the art of stunt driving so that they could be filmed actually driving the cars, and the latest featurette offers a fresh look at how the race and chase scenes in Need for Speed were shot, with crane-mounted cameras on top of the speeding cars. Imagine the insurance costs.
With Fast and Furious 7 delayed until 2015, Need for Speed looks like a worthy substitute for 2014's big driving-based action movie. Perhaps it will even be the start of a new age for the troubled video game movie genre.
Need for Speed will arrive in theaters on March 14, 2014.