Matthew Chmiel added
I honestly believe that the Fast and Furious franchise is the most consistent franchise in film history and as of right now, May 2013, Furious 6 (the film's "official" title) is the best movie of 2013.
[Side note #1: Up until 2011's Fast Five, I thought 2 Fast 2 Furious was the best film in the franchise with Tokyo Drift being a close second. Yes, I saw Tokyo Drift in theaters because I'm awesome.]
[Side note #2: The second most consistent franchise in film history is the Final Destination series. Who would've thought the fifth entry would've been the best in two, separate franchises in a single year?]
Part movie, part love letter to the fans who have stuck with the franchise over the past twelve years, Furious 6 delivers everything a fan could have ever wanted and then some. For those of us who have stuck to the franchise, this is the pay off you've wanted. This is the by-product from the combination of the sheer ridiculousness of 2 Fast (physics clearly no longer exist in this universe) and the bombastic delight of Fast Five. You'll be smiling from ear-to-ear throughout the film's brief 130-minute running time. Just remember to make sure to stay after the credits as it delivers one of the best "HOLY SHIT" moments in years.
As someone who has seen each of the films theatrically since I was fourteen, you know where I'll be when the next one is released.
The beauty of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot from four years ago was that it opened the door for creativity in a franchise most considered to be done and over with.
Instead, J.J. Abrams followed it up with a remake of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan infused with the fun and excitement that came from September 11th, 2001.
I saw Sunshine during its brief theatrical release (Note: I've seen all of Danny Boyle's films theatrically since 28 Days Later) and later again when I purchased the Blu-ray, but the third act changing gears from a science-fiction film to horror doesn't connect with me. Don't get me wrong, I like the film, but the third act doesn't hold up when compared with the first two.
Fake tits. Gratuitous, graphic violence. Alarmingly dark humor (especially for that of a mainstream studio film). Rapid-fire editing. Reused camera tricks from past films. A film that overstays its welcome by 20 minutes. 100% All American. Ladies and gentlemen, the Michael Bay we came to know and love is back!
Pain & Gain might seem like that of a Coen Brothers production that was taken over by Bay in pre-production, but it's by far his best in years. The only thing that prevents the film from getting a higher rating is if Bay could just hire a competent editor that could trim the fat.
There were two things that I noticed while I was watching this movie.
1. This was the fourth film I've seen this past week in where the score was composed by a musician (the others being The Lords of Salem, Oblivion, and The Place Beyond the Pines).
2. This was the third film I saw this week that I totally dug the first two acts only to see the entire thing just fall apart during its final act.
Danny Boyle knows how to make a film. He just doesn't know how to make a film that handles a twist well. Kinda like that movie he made called Sunshine.