Monday, 20 May 2013

My Thoughts on Fast and Furious 6 - Movie Review

Fast and Furious 6 proves Fast Five was no fluke.


The Fast and Furious series has been a bit of a roller coaster, the first was a good fun movie (if not just a remake of Point Break for cars fans), the second dropped in quality so I didn't even check out the third in cinemas and still haven't watched it properly. Then Fast and Furious (the fourth) reunited the original cast and showed signs of life and began to rise. But it wasn't until Fast Five was released and remixed the formula into an action heist film that the series really hit its high point. The franchise now stands unique being a big budget summer action movie that doesn't rely on superheroes, fantasy creatures or is set in space.

Don't get me wrong I love the superhero films, but I miss the days of the big budget Lethal Weapons, Point Breaks, Die Hards (this years appalling fifth entry doesn't count), and now the Fast and Furious franchise fills that void.

So after delivering a truly awesome fifth entry, how does the sixth stand up? Very well. Ver well indeed.

Straight off the bat I'll say the story's maguffin is a little weak, some of the films logic and "We're family" speeches are a bit forced. But these are very minor criticism's and are literally my only gripes with the movie. Everything else is stellar and Fast and Furious 6 is one hell of an action movie.

The actions sequences are made up of (as you'd expect) car chases and fight scenes. The cars chases are extremely fun with some truly crushing crashes, but what truly impressed me is how brutal and well choreographed the fight sequences are. I'm not exaggerating when I say these are some of the best fight scenes I've seen in a film since last years The Raid. Considering this is a 12A I was surprised how full on the fights were.

The cast all play their respective roles well, with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson taking the lead. However the rest of the crew all get decent screen time, with one truly awesome chase that leads into a double fight scene, which only includes the secondary characters and is still riveting.

As long as you're willing to leave logic at the door and accept that some plot points exists purely to set up the next action sequence you will have one hell of a time with Fast and Furious 6.

Bring on Fast Seven, due in cinemas next summer.

8.5/10

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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Man Of Steel Banners

Get your speed on!

Two new Man of Steel movie banners! Superman and Zod flying full speed towards each other!





I cannot wait for this movie!

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Thursday, 16 May 2013

Full Pacific Rim Movie Trailer

Giant robots fight huge monsters. What else do you want?

New full Pacific Rim movie trailer below.


Do you like?

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Thursday, 9 May 2013

My Thoughts on Star Trek Into Darkness - Movie Review

Before I get into my thoughts on Star Trek Into Darkness, it's probably best I set the scene so you know where I'm coming from. I have never been a huge Star Trek fan (nor Star Wars for that matter), I've enjoyed the films but I'm not overly fussed by them, I've always been a super-hero or action adventure fan when it comes to huge franchises. That said I absolutely loved the 2009 reboot, and it was primarily down to the fact that JJ Abrams was intentionally widening the reach of the franchise and focusing on the adventure!


So when Into Darkness begins with a James Bond/Indiana Jones type sequence that finds the Starship Enterprise crew half way through a mission on an exotic planet, count me on board! However, this is the films highlight in my opinion, which in turn becomes a blessing and curse as nothing really tops it. After this amazing opening, the movies story starts proper and we're sent on a journey of awesome special effects at break-neck speed.

The films story is relatively straightforward but is driven by several twists, some of these work better than others as a few feel a little forced. One criticism I would have is that none of the characters are overly well developed and so I was never really emotionally engaged with them when the twists came, that said the film is still extremely enjoyable.

Some of the movie marketing for this film has been criticised for looking like a generic sci-fi rather than a Star Trek film, with little focus on the Enterprise or space travel itself (this for me was actually a positive). Although the first half of the film lives up to its marketing, the second half is pretty much all set in space or on the Enterprise. This I wasn't expecting, I thought the movie would have been predominately set on earth or at least other planets and people sat on the deck isn't quite as exciting.

The movie has strong acting from it cast, great special effects/set pieces and some funny one liners. However, Into Darkness suffers from the same problem as Iron Man 3; in that it's a solid and fun adventure, but doesn't quite live up to the hype it's marketing campaign had built. Still highly recommended though.

8.5/10

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