REVIEW: FAST AND FURIOUS 6

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FAST & FURIOUS 6

Director: Justin Lin

Starring:

Vin Diesel , Michelle Rodriguez , Paul Walker , Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

I’ve never wanted to drive a car over 60 so bad in my life.

Fast and Furious 6 otherwise known as Fast 6 was release a couple of days ago. It has fast cars, hot girls, fast and intense actions scenes.  Dwayne Johnson stars as Luke Hobbs who makes a deal with Dominick Toretto in order to put an end to an to Shaw, who’s being investigated for destroying a Russian military convoy. Dominick is not quick to agree until Hobbs presents him with a photo taken very recently. This photo is of former girlfriend turned corpse, Letty. Reluctant but wanting to get to the bottom of it, Dom agree and a thrill ride of cars, explosions, planes and tanks and family ensues.  Even “The Rock” with his meaty head, was like, “Okay, KICKIN’ ASS TIME!!” but I digress…though…serious…dude STOP BEING SERIOUS!

plot

Dominick Toretto and his gang have spread out after their big heist in Rio De Janeiro and life is good. Then you have Luke Hobbs come to spoil it with recruiting Dom, Bryan and the rest michelle-rodriguez-and-vin-diesel-in-fast-six-2013-movie-image__spanof the crew to catch a man named Shaw to whom of which took out a Russian Convoy. Dominick is very reluctant at first until Hobbs shows him a photo. A very recent photo of his dead
girlfriend Letty and here we have one of the minor problems. Letty was dead and they should’ve kept it that way due to the fact that the memory subplot felt a little empty and a tad unnecessary however, it does work well into the story and is actually used in a poignant part of the film. It’s not used long though. This is meant to be a fast and furious movie, no pun intended. If it took its time then, I don’t believe this would have been as much fun as it was action packed. They do show the characters getting a long and how much their family means to each other as well as quite a few comedy relief moments. This movie did not stretch beyond what it was supposed to do which was entertain with an enjoyable fun movie that’s not bogged down with a huge dark plot like a lot of films this summer season. A very basic, fast paced movie with a lot of action and not a lot of exposition to clutter up the works. Luke Hobbs has to work with Dom in this one and it was a good twist as oppose to keeping the rivalry going. It’s not original because a few movies have teased or used this aspect before.

4.0 /5.0

Presentation

fast-and-furious-6-nuThe visuals in this film aren’t breathtaking by any means however, it’s very fun to watch. So much that you may never notice the passage of time. The directing style is very fast and very
furious, again no pun, which is the way it was intended to be. There is a lot of shaky cam in the fights however so it may be a bit hard to concentrate on what’s going on during the fights but, who cares? Justin Lin continues this style of directing which easily carried over from Fast 5 and it still pays off very well in the end. If there is only one complaint is about how it shows the crew bringing down a cargo plane during the last few minutes of the film. It doesn’t take away from it, but still it seemed like they were anxious to put that out there. Typical action car movie affair but still very enjoyable.

The racing scenes in the film are actually few and far between and it comes between Letty and Dom racing against each other for no other reason than to race, or jog her memory…see that was a pun. The amount of car action you see is more or less plot oriented and don’t have much to do with the racing that people come to expect with the Fast and Furious movies, but with that being said it continues that tradition just fine. After all, it has the cars and the car-orientated action…plus a tank. Who doesn’t want a tank in a car movie? Just saying.

4.0/5.0

Music

Fast and Furious’ soundtrack implores the usual combo of cars, action and rappers and it’s clearly demonstrated in the first minutes of the film which was a great opening intro, music by 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa,  for a movie such as this. The music is also as fast paced and action oriented as the visuals and compliments it well on every level. The soundtrack will give some people the urge to drive a car which is what it was suppose to do. The visual style and music come together and make it a fun film going experience.

Verdict

This installment of the Fast and Furious franchise is very enjoyable. It has a lot of good car action. Car on tank, Car on Airplane action and Vin Diesel and The Rock kicking ass with each other rather than against each other. The bad guy is very typical even though it seems a lot bigger than he really is. The action is well directed and the music blends in just as well with said action. At the end of the day, Fast 6 was a good time to sit there and watch. This is one of the movies where the comedy relief is good, the action is good – it makes for a very enjoyable, “let’s pop this in and watch.” kind of movie and it’s good see. It’s not dark as a lot of the movies this season is trying to go although the film series cannot commit to having Michelle Rodriguez’s character die, but even with that it doesn’t take away from it. At the end you will feel like driving your car fast and furious.

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Film poster for The Fast and the Furious – Copyright 2001, Universal Pictures (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

REVIEW: IRON MAN 3

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IRON MAN 3

Director: Shane Black

Starring

Robert Downey, Jr.  Gwyneth Paltrow  Don Cheadle  Jon Favreau

Ben Kingsley

The big climax begins and it’s Iron Man facing the Mandarin. Or is it? Will Tony Stark face unbeatable odds and come out swinging like a bigger and better man? Will  We see Lt. Colonel James Rhodes in the Iron Patriot kicking some well needed ass for ‘merica?  This long awaited third film in the series of Marvel movies is on the years summers biggest hard hitters thus far and has kicked off the summer movie season with a BANG.  Though the fans have been divided for one very deceptive point of one character in particular, but I won’t spoil that here!

Story

After The Avengers, Tony Stark has some trouble dealing with everything that had happened. You know, The god with the hammer, The HULK and an ENTIRE RACE OF INVADING ALIENS!IRON MAN 3 Having to deal with all of that, Tony Stark is experiencing a lot of symptoms of PTSD and cannot sleep. So he’s building better suits. Tony developed a neuro-link type device that links him to the suit and his girlfriend, Pepper Potts, has become irritated and understandingly so. A lot of Tony Stark’s past comes back to haunt him in a BIG way and shit, of course, hits the fan in a big way.

The story of the movie is very sound if not lacking in a few areas. The plot is no longer grounded like the first Iron Man movie was so it feels a bit of out place when it comes to certain elements. However, this movie demonstrates what Tony Stark can do with his intellect. You  get to see him on his feet and thinking about how he’s going to solve this little Mandarin problem of his. He’s hurt, he’s got nothing to back him up – Tony Stark is brought down to ground ZERO. He does inherit a tiny annoying side-kick that is suppose to keep him annoyed however, aside from a few small plot points – the kid was entirely disposable.  There is a plot point in this movie that was annoying and will divide the fans. It’s one of those bait-and-switch ideas that will kill the movie for loyalist out there or even those who aren’t that versed with the Iron Man lore. Take it or leave it. Choose your poison. I will say that the overall story was enjoyable if lacking in a few areas.

3.5/5.0

Presentation

tumblr_inline_mkz9vt0TB81qz4rgpShane Black has taken over for Jon Favreau and the tone is completely different from the of the other movies in the entire Marvel: Phase One and Phase Two to this point. It seems that the over all direction is to make it more comic-booky in both visual style in and execution which seem to be the point. The CGI is on point but gets a tad gimmicky at the end (and with good reason). Overall the presentation is what we’ve come to expect from a Marvel grade movie. The suits look amazing from A to Z and with the exception of two giant suits – get disposed of pretty easily too. Gee Tony, WHY?!

The acting is also what we’ve come to expect from Robert Downy Jr and Gwyneth Paltrow and of course Don Cheadle. Ben Kingsley AS the Mandarin does a fan-damn-tastic job as well. However, it seems they try to make too many jokes at times throughout the film however, that’s how Tony Stark deals with his issues. By sarcasm and well…not dealing with them at all. Guy Pearce does a good job as will as Aldrich Killian but towards the end the typical overdose of insane engrosses him a bit towards the better part of the movie.

Just another top notch for the creators of Iron Man and the guys at Marvel Films.

 4.5/5.0

MusicBrian Tyler headed the score of this movie and I have to say that the themes, while power at times, really show its comic book style and distracts from some of the tone of the movie. The theme clashes with what it’s suppose to be representing. While the main theme was not engaging – it just seemed to be typical Brian Tyler type music.  There really isn’t much to say overall to the films score.

2.5/5.0

VerdictOver all, Iron Man 3 was a very enjoyable experience from start to finish and with a few weak plot points and a very annoying plot twist. It’s definitely worth seeing at least once in the theater once or even twice. The film’s score was typical affair and not really complimenting to the overall tone of the film half of the time. With pretty visuals and A LOT of iron towards the end makes the sit through worth it. When Jon Favreau stepped down as director, much of the creative team of the first two movies changed hands with the introduction of Shane Black. To Shane Black’s credit, it wasn’t disappointing in the least and he had made a very decent and solid effort to make Iron Man 3 every bit as Epic as it needs to be. The acting is also top-notch and what we’ve come to expect from the franchise as well. We get to see Tony and Pepper’s relationship grow a bit as well as the trouble that he’s going through which is driving her away and Tony going back to using his brain was a treat to see as well. Tony being out of his element always brings about the best in him as well as the worst. Which gives Iron Man 3…

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Brian Tyler conducting in 2011

Brian Tyler conducting in 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

REVIEW: The Dark Knight Rises

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Director: Christopher Nolan

  Music: Hans Zimmer

Starring

Christian Bale,  Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Morgan Freeman

Original Post Date: July 30,2012 on Facebook

The Dark Knight Rises is finally out and the reviews are in, but does The Dark Knight Rises truly hold up to it’s own legacy? In short, Yes. After much anticipation and hype for this movie brought out an extraordinary turn out with estimated over $160 million in the box office over the weekend.

Note: My heart goes out to all those  affected during the shooting in Aurora  Colorado. No one should ever have to go through that. Movies are created so we can be immersed in the enjoyable stories, visuals and scores they contain within. 

 

 

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 Eight years after the murders committed by Harvey Dent and the tragedy of the Joker killings, Bruce Wayne goes into seclusion after he’s taken the blame, as Batman, for the most murders. Gotham is peaceful and The Dent Act keeps the mob at bay and in Blackgate prison. Bane, comes to Gotham to throw the city into chaos and destruction.

The plot of this film is similar to that of Batman begins but on a larger and somewhat on more epic scale. The story starts out in a really sombre tone and everything seems to function well with Batman in this sort of exile.  The characters in the film are very many. You don’t get a since of Bruce Wayne’s struggle once it gets to a certain point and some of the problems are resolved a little two fast. There is also too much story to fit into the story and runs sort of fast and have a lot of exposition towards the end, but finishes very strong.

Bane is a menacing bastard and pretty awesome as a character and really fun to watch. The chaos taking over the city comes pretty fast, you may get a bit of a sense that there is a lot going on that you don’t see. Bane’s voice is very understandable and not so understandable in parts.   Peace in the City was achieved due to a lie and the consequences come back full circle and Gotham is consumed because of it. Was it really a good idea? Joseph Gordon Levitt is a big surprise and a great addition to the movie. You are in for a few surprises.  Saline Kyle as Cat Woman, whom does an excellent job, stirs up a lot of shit. She’s sexy and kicks a lot of ass and she reverts back and forth from screaming damsel to methodical criminal. Her character’s range is admirable.

This epic is…epic.

3.5/ 5.0

Presentation

 Christopher Nolan has a standard when shooting a film. He doesn’t like to use CGI as much as a normal Hollywood film. The surprising amount of CGI in this film is quite big considering the new machine call “The Bat” and a few others that add to the film as a whole. I’m guessing that Christopher Nolan has thought that the imagery was too big to do practically. While nothing amazing, it does it’s job. Bane’s characterization is in his eyes. You can definitely feel that he’ll..well…break your face. Batman is out more during the day, for good reasons, which adds a sort of awe to the whole scenario.

4/5.0

Music

 This is typical Hans Zimmer affair. The music is epic and even grander sounding. However, it gets really loud really and easily overshadows some dialogue. Especially Bane’s dialogue. The Bane chant ( http://youtu.be/l1rW1ZphiKI ) is use quite fequently and somewhat abused. I felt like it comes a part of the normal score and adds nothing for awhile. A lot of the trilogies’ themes are reused a bit and you even hear a bit of Joker’s theme in there as well.  Overall, pretty typical and loud score coming from Hans Zimmer. He still puts forth a good performance  but could still approve upon it.

3.0/5.0

Verdict

This film was very enjoyable and a lot of fun. You’ll never get that bored feeling unless you..well..don’t like these kinds of films. It’s a fast paced 2 hours and 45 minutes so eat your popcorn and drink your drink with severe caution and bring a catheter. This movie is definitely a Blu-Ray worthy film and completes the trilogy with a satisfying ending to a satisfying franchise. This film has simply climbed into my top 10 movies of all time along with The Dark Knight….

 

 

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Image of the new aerial vehicle used by Batman in the movie The Dark Knight Rises. Português: Imagem do novo veículo aéreo usado por Batman no filme Batman: O Cavaleiro das Trevas Ressurge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cover of "Dark Knight [Blu-ray]"

Cover of Dark Knight [Blu-ray]