On Facebook last night, I discovered a picture that was relentlessly amusing. It read 'replace one word in a movie…
Get the Fifth Gear.
Former cop Brian O'Conner partners with ex-con Dom Toretto on the opposite side of the law. Since Brian and Mia Toretto broke Dom out of custody, they've blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom.
As unapologetically cheesy and joyously entertaining as the last time I watched it. I still can't believe the fifth instalment in a poor franchise could turn out as good as this.
Well, my oh my... Justin Lin just broke the old Hollywood sequel law and created the best flick of the entire series!!!
Not really a great accomplishment considering that the entire series was garbage, eh?
How smart can Lin be if:
- he adds emotional punches to fool audiences that the film has actually some depth?
- he extends the average running time 10 minutes more to construct his own "Ocean Nine" ripoff?
- he recruits The Rock in a role that suits him and has more muscle mass than Vin Diesel?
- changes the whole street-racing idea and turns it into an entirely different film with an ambitious drug lord, Brazilian guns, a larger ensemble cast, drama, comedic…
The idea to take a creatively stalled and uninteresting series which somehow managed four films with the world's most boring characters and a plot that collectively amount to "hey, cars are cool, aren't they?" and change that into an exciting, intriguing, fast-paced heist series that uses its obsession with cars to its advantage was probably the greatest stroke of genius of 2011.
The characters don't get much development, but did you expect/want them to? Justin Lin and crew know where their best assets lie and thankfully, that's in creating a fun heist movie rather than attempting Cars: The Movie But Not The Pixar Movie, Part V. Also, somehow they got an amazing and potentially career-defining role out of Dwayne Johnson,…
At this time I would like to apologize to every car-related movie I have ever trashed. Crash... Drive... Gran Torino... Herbie Goes Bananas. I hated all of you but you didn't make me want to jump off my balcony and end it all.
Every bad character introduction, every stilted wisecrack, every pan over the Christ statue, every note of 1998 era generic electronic/rock fusion soundtrack, every unnecessary camera swoop around characters hunched over brooding, staring at each other awaiting a nod signaling mutual respect, is another knife into my spine making me pray for sweet death. The dialogue may as well be the noise of the Charlie Brown teachers, it serves as much purpose. Bwa bwa bwa bwa cars. Bwa bwa let's go bwa bwa bwa. It's all just visual noise, car porn, and any scene that could be potentially good is ruined by something else.
Recommended for fans of tight t-shirts and sweat.
So I guess I was lying when I said that Tokyo Drift was my favourite out of the F&F series. It is pretty evident that Fast Five is better than the entire series combined when the train sequence near the beginning comes to an end. I mean, what an action scene. The concept is pretty great, and I think the execution of the concept is pretty great as well. And that's really why Fast Five shines. There is a sense that everyone involved wanted to make something big and bombastic, and this is definitely evident on screen.
So now having seen the entire series, with tickets for the sixth film already purchased for tonight, I give you my ranking of the films.
Updated after seeing Furious 6
1. Fast Five
2. Furious 6
3. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
4. 2 Fast 2 Furious
5. The Fast and the Furious
6. Fast & Furious
There are a couple of things that don't make sense.
First of all, I hate anything and everything motorsports related, I don't care about cars at all and know next to nothing about them. Yet for some reason I have seen every single one of the films in this ludicrous franchise.
Secondly, how is it possible that the fifth film in a franchise is the best? And not by just a little bit, but by quite some margin? Makes no sense whatsoever.
Suffice to say, I enjoyed this quite a bit. There is this scene at the beginning where Walker and Diesel drive a car off a cliff. That scene instantly betrays that…
This is the only movie in the franchise that I have watched from start to finish. I don't feel like I'm missing much.
I've seen worse attempts at over the top action, and car porn, but at this isn't ashamed of what it is. The characters seem kinda lame, and I have a hard time believing Vin Disel can beat up the Rock.. wait.. nevermind.
I didn't think the franchise would get better as it went along, but that seems to be the case at this much. Bravo.
I knew exactly what I wanted out of this film, and I was not disappointed.
Now I can turn my brain on again.
Universal's strategic memoranda for the franchise: drop "Furious" from the title - redefine the parameters of the franchise, something broader, more accessible - the inclusion of automatic weapons and bank robberies, staples of the summer tradition. But with the jacked up action comes an awful lot of camaraderie, an emphasis on community, with the gang hanging out in garages, talking trash to one another during their carefree preparation for a job that awaits, but never really looms. The main set pieces all pretty fantastic, logic tossed aside, while the motive - stealing from the bad guy to clear their name - murky beyond belief, but it's an excuse, like many Westerns of the past, for our favorite beef cakes to hitch together and do the job.
NO LOGIC. ALL BADASSERY.
Laughably bad. And I thought this was where the series was supposed to pick up again. At least it wasn't infuriatingly bad like the last one. All the main surviving characters from the original are just shells of what they once were. The secondary characters from the sequels who return here were all unrecognisable thanks to how forgettable those films were, and nothing they did in this will make them memorable. The highlight was The Rock. That probably sounds like an insult to something. But really he was the best thing about this. I would watch another action film with him in it if it was done properly with a director who knows how to make action realistic and entertaining.…
fast & furious: ocean's eleven
θυμάστε μια εποχή που ο κανόνας έλεγε ότι όσο προχωρά μια σειρά ταινιών τόσο πιο χάλια γίνεται; είχε υπάρξει αυτό το πράγμα, δεν είναι ιδέα μου, έτσι; επειδή πλέον όχι μόνο δεν ισχύει, αλλά ο κανόνας τείνει να φτάσει στην αντίθετη πλευρά. υποθέτω είναι καθαρή, χολιγουντιανά-εφαρμοσμένη βιολογία. εξέλιξη, προσαρμογή, αυτοσυντήρηση. αν μια γενιά ταλαντούχων σκηνοθετών γεννηθεί και γαλουχηθεί εντός του franchise/DTV/reboot/restart/multi-sequel συστήματος, θα μάθει αναγκαστικά να μεγαλουργεί εντός αυτού. ο justin lin πιθανότατα θα μπορούσε να γυρίσει μια τρομερή περιπετειάρα δίχως αριθμό δίπλα της, αν είχε γεννηθεί 25 χρόνια πριν. σήμερα, απλώς παίρνει τα κλειδιά ενός bleh franchise, του δίνει μερικές φρεσκαριστικές πινελιές, παίρνει επιστροφές στο box office (= μεγαλύτερη δημιουργική ελευθερία) και αποκτά σιγουριά κι…
Pretty low brow but put together with great energy. The characters are sketched out more than fully developed, but the actors bring them to life with some game performances and manage to make some pretty corny material work well (a face off and stare down between Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson is a highlight). It’s a little long for the genre but never really wears out its welcome, as Lin keeps the story moving along at a nice clip. The action scenes, despite being edited a little too quickly for my tastes, have a nice tightness and weight to them, thanks in part to the emphasis on practical effects. The climax in particular is sensational, and it really captures the…
I've been surrounding myself in the Fast and Furious universe for the past two days and this is easily the best one out of the series to date. What used to be a franchise consisting of unstimulating car chases and races, set to very early 2000's rock/hip-hop that was just as repetitive as the action taking place on-screen, has been transformed into something truly innovative that no one saw coming. Fast Five has come to be known as the defining turning point in not only the quality of the Fast and Furious franchise, but also the Fast and Furious universe, story-wise and direction-wise.
The bountiful abundance of visual space and the quick changes between visual perspectives are the two main…
- Inglourious Basterds
- Hobo with a Shotgun
- Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief
- Safety Not Guaranteed
- Charlotte's Web
- Final Destination 2
- The Silence of the Lambs
And we're done!
Who would have guessed!
No I'm off to have my brain lobotomized.
- Sharky's Machine
- Absence of Malice
- On Golden Pond
- Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
I've always been interested in what other people are seeing and watching, and naturally, I love looking at Weekend Box…