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    Posted: September 13 2014 at 4:15am
Sorry I got back to you so late...

Worst Actor: Aaron Paul
Worst Screenplay

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Vits Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 02 2014 at 6:33am
For what do you think it should be nominated?
Originally posted by moviecritic1994

I know I'm suppose to save the whole "worse thing about this movie" till last

Not at all. You're the one writing the review. The format is up to you.
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My Review for: NEED FOR SPEED

Almost everything in Need For Speed feels very forced and completely forgettable. This film is going to be hard to review not because it's god awful because it's just a bland movie trying very hard to be a Fast and Furious movie. Considering this movie is based off a video game, that is the first red flag. Let's take a look at "Need For Speed".

Toby Marshall (Aaron Paul) is of course a race car driver. He does a lot of illegal race in this small town (who knows where it is?) with his idiotic friends. Toby somehow gets framed for manslaughter and goes on this revenge race across the country to get into another race to save his mechanic business. Yeah this plot sounds like total bullsh*t to me. Remember how I said almost everything in this movie is forced? Well the plot is one of those things. I know I'm suppose to save the whole "worse thing about this movie" till last but I might as well get it out of the way here. The only thing that was important to the makers of this film was the Racing, car crashes and whatever else having to do with cars. The "story" of Need For Speed just isn't that interesting. Every single plot device feels very contrived and fake. It really does feel like watching a video game than actual motion picture and really that's the main reason Need For Speed fails.

Of course, a forced story also comes with forced and boring characters. Yeah every single character in this movie is as flat and as interesting as driftwood at sea. In fact I pretty much grew to hate most of them because these characters were annoying to listen to. I didn't care about anyone in this movie, even Toby himself. Both the character and Aaron Paul's performance aren't really good at all. He's mainly just trying to be a race car driver version of Batman. He's mainly a stiff humorless jerk the entire film. Everybody else in the cast are clearly trying their hardest, but it's not enough to make any of their characters interesting or 3 dimensional.

The only good thing about Need For Speed is the action scenes. The racing is quite exciting and those scenes are the only things in the film that feel real. I mean they should be there's supposedly no CGI when it comes to the Races and stunts. But again all the action in the world can't make this movie interesting and it doesn't hide the fact that this film is mainly style over substance. So even the good stuff in this film suffers a bit.

Need For Speed isn't the worst movie of the year, I have seen far worse in 2014. Still, the movie is just very... loud and dumb. The story is weak, the characters are 1 dimensional, the main character is freaking boring and of course the film as a whole is just filler until the next Car Chase.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jesse685 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 06 2014 at 4:14pm
Originally posted by Vits

I forgot one category: Worst Reckless Disregard for Human Life and Public Property. Seriously, several unseen characters probably died because of the street racing.

Might I also suggest another category:

The Craig Sullivan* Award for Worst, Most Obnoxious Use of Criterion Drifting, Crashing and Jumps in an Action Film

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Vits Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 06 2014 at 9:22am
I forgot one category: Worst Reckless Disregard for Human Life and Public Property. Seriously, several unseen characters probably died because of the street racing.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Vits Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 05 2014 at 8:31pm
I just saw it. For your consideration: Worst Screenplay. Oh, and maybe Worst Director and Worst Picture. But not:
-Worst Actor for Aaron Paul.
-Worst Actress (or Supp. Actress?) for Imogen Poots.
-Worst Supp. Actor for Michael Keaton (neither for ROBOCOP).
-Worst Screen Combo for Paul and Poots (that sounds kind of funny, right?).
-Worst Screen Ensemble.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Doppy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 13 2014 at 9:42am
Originally posted by Vits

Yeah, because how do we know a car's gender?

Simple, if you remember the protagonists call their cars with female  "nicknames" , that's where the idea has sprung! 

I could also mention the Deep Purple : "nobody gonna steal my car, [...] she's a highway star" .
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Yeah, because how do we know a car's gender?
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Originally posted by oiram

Maybe as Worst Screen Combo.

It could be a solution Wink
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Post Options Post Options   Quote oiram Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 13 2014 at 5:24am
Maybe as Worst Screen Combo.
Elizabeth Hartman and Judith Barsi are more talented and beautiful than Scarlett Johansson and Chloe Grace Moretz. Fact.

Worst Supporting Actor: Brendan Fraser/Gimme Shelter and The Nut Job


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Doppy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 13 2014 at 12:36am
Should we nominate all the fast cars of the film in the "worst supporting actress" category?
In my opinion they deserve this, seriously.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote oiram Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 19 2014 at 3:22am
Why not Dominic Cooper, who is one of the blandest villains on film, or Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi, one of the most annoying Deus Ex Machinas ever?!
Elizabeth Hartman and Judith Barsi are more talented and beautiful than Scarlett Johansson and Chloe Grace Moretz. Fact.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dun-Ida Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 18 2014 at 8:09pm
Who I think deserves to get nominations: 

Worst Picture. 

Worst Actor: Aaron Paul. There were a few scenes where he was convincing. However most of the time he barely showed significant emotions. He was quite tedious for most of the movie. 

Worst Supporting Actress: Dakota Johnson. Just like Aaron Paul her performance was insipid. 
Imogen Poots. Just like Dakota Johnson she did little to be convincing. 

Worst Supporting Actor: Michael Keaton. A commentator is supposed to have some sort of characteristic that appeals to a large audience. Michael Keaton failed in being an appealing commentator. 

Worst Director: Scott Waugh. It is obvious that all he did was sit/stand behind the sets and then hastefully stitch the scenes together. 

Worst Screenplay: George Gatins. In addition to the screenplay consisting of dull dialogue the story's twists and turns are too preposterous to be overlooked. 

Worst Screen Combination: Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots. There is little on-screen chemistry between them. This is because of the dull performances of Paul and Poots. 


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Post Options Post Options   Quote jesse685 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 15 2014 at 1:39am
I got back from seeing this. I have 2 different perspectives of what I thought of the film. 

From the perspective of a Need for Speed fan, I found it better than some of the recent games and dare I say it, this is what Need for Speed: Rivals should have been like to begin with. The script and dialogue are what I expected from the older games and I felt the film was nicely paced. The action was solid and well-handled.

From the perspective of a Razzie forum member, obviously the script could use some major "tune-ups" (Sorry, I felt like making that joke) and the acting I felt was alright and hilariously bad at the same time but it was expected from a video-game adaptation. The only nominations I would give are Worst Screenplay and Worst Supporting Actor for Dominic Cooper or Scott Mescudi.

NFS Fan Rating: 8/10
Razzie Forum Member Rating: 4/10

When you see or if you've seen the film already, what did you guys think? Who and what should or shouldn't be nominated for?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote oiram Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 12 2014 at 5:52pm
Vits is supposed to do that.
Elizabeth Hartman and Judith Barsi are more talented and beautiful than Scarlett Johansson and Chloe Grace Moretz. Fact.

Worst Supporting Actor: Brendan Fraser/Gimme Shelter and The Nut Job


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Post Options Post Options   Quote moviecritic1994 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 12 2014 at 5:12pm
RT consensus: "With stock characters and a preposterous plot, this noisily diverting video game adaptation fulfills a Need for Speed and little else". (25%)
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