Chattahoochee Valley gets starring role in 'Need for Speed'

Film shot on 13th Street Bridge opens in theaters

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 14, 2014 

Put on your Sunday best. The Chattahoochee Valley is ready for its closeup.

"Need for Speed," the movie that shot several scenes here last summer, debuted in Columbus on Thursday night. Several parts of the movie were filmed throughout Georgia.

According to Carmike Cinemas, the movie received the red-carpet treatment in town Thursday night.

You can view the film in 2D and 3D at Carmike 15 at Columbus Park Crossing and Carmike 13 at Hollywood Connection.

Showtimes begin at 1:15 p.m. and run through midnight today.

Movie trailers have shown clips of the scenes shot on the 13th Street bridge. The bridge was closed to traffic for a few days in June for filming.

It's unclear if the high-speed chases that were shot on Veterans Parkway and Interstate 185 were included. They also filmed scenes at St. Francis Hospital.

The reviews for the video game-turned movie haven't been great. Forbes' review headline said it is so bad it's good.

"If you can ignore or embrace how cartoonish and self-sabotaging the characters are and how moronic the screenplay is," writes contributor Scott Mendelson, "there is fun to be had to this old-school 1970's-style throwback."

Starring Aaron Paul from "Breaking Bad," the movie revolves around "a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind," according to

Dominic Cooper, from "Captain America: The First Revenger," and Imogen Poots, from the 2011 rendition of "Jane Eyre," also star in the film.

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