OCHOPUSS GOES TO THE RACES — N4S THE MOVIE ON 8LIST

March 23, 2014

Some cars are better than others. Some are just plain super. See why on 8List — there’s a reason this site won an Anvil award by the by.

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Ah, I remember the first time I got behind the wheel of an N4S car and tasted the pleasures of street racing. Of course, every other gamer was experiencing the same delights of authentic driving physics and genuine police heat on your tail in August of 1994 with the release of the first title that would become the “The Need for Speed” franchise.
We’ve come far since the pixelated days of the original game on 3DO consoles and the PC’s DOS operating systems. EA Entertainment has since published more titles, like “Need for Speed: Underground,” “Shift,” “ProStreet,” “Nitro,” “The Run” and “V-Rally” as well as many “Special Editions,” and all of them let the player get behind the wheel of exotic race cars and the chance to triumph on both real race tracks and gritty street duels.

Even if it was drifting, dragging, with or without weapons, various tastes of police pursuits, or just straightforward faster-than-the-other-guy competition, N4S always remained gritty, realistic, and the primo title for underground, barely legal racing.

Now comes the movie adaptation, which enters around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a blue-collar mechanic who also happens to be a race car driver with mad skillz. Surprise: he also races muscle cars on the side in unsanctioned street-racing circuits.

“Need for Speed, The Movie” tells a story of honor, friendship, and loyalty and the high-octane journey of one man looking to clear his name. Tobey Marshall’s whole world is soon turned upside down when he is sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

In prison he spends the next two years thinking about one thing: vengeance. His best chance at defeating his enemy, Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper), is the high-stakes car race known as De Leon. The Super Bowl of underground racing, De Leon takes place once a year and only a few select drivers are invited to participate with the winner taking all.

While the N4S movie barely holds water with the thinnest of B-movie plots, the actors and the intense street action are as intense as ever. And, for fans of the TV series “Breaking Bad” who are familiar with the lead actor, it’s not just Jesse Pinkman driving fast in gorgeous cars.

Here are eight supercars featured in the film for car geeks to salivate to, girls to swoon over, and motorheads to get their underwear in a twist. Or, as Pinkman would say: “Go faster, bitch!”

Read the rest over at 8LIST. 

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