A force is not an energy so you can't compare a force and an energy and it doesn't make sense to ask if the total amount of force needed the same as the kinetic energy?
However force times distance is an energy, and indeed it is the definition of work i.e. work = force $\times$ distance. So what we can say is that the work is the same as the change in kinetic energy. In the simple case where the force is constant we get:
$$ F s = \Delta KE $$
where $F$ is the force, $s$ is the distance travelled and $\Delta KE$ is the change in the kinetic energy. If the force is variable then we would have to use an integral:
$$ \int_0^s F(s') ds' = \Delta KE $$
One final complication: the equation above only applies if the force is applied in the direction of motion. If the force isn't in the direction of motion then we have to treat the force and distance moved as vectors and our equation becomes:
$$ \int_0^s \mathbf F(\mathbf s') \cdot d\mathbf s' = \Delta KE $$
where the dot means the dot product.