Tag: Vin Diesel

***2015 RECAP*** MOVIE REVIEW | Fast & Furious 7 (2015)

Fast & Furious 7

“One last ride.”

A decade or so ago, a mate had The Fast & the Furious on DVD and insisted we watch it.  It turned out to be exactly what I predicted in all the worst ways.  Refried action movie clichés, macho bullshit, terrible dialogue and nonsensical set pieces built around an even less coherent plot.  Years passed, sequels kept on coming and I successfully ignored them.  Until Fast Five.  Reviews and ecstatic reactions from people whose opinions I generally trust just kept on coming.  So I caved in, watched it, loved it.


Fast Five took the refried action movie clichés, macho bullshit, terrible dialogue and nonsensical set pieces built around an even less coherent plot, and it blew them all out to obscene proportions.  This kind of self aware, but not sarcastic approach, reinvented the franchise and took it to whole new level of brilliant insanity.  Fast & Furious 6 upped the anti once again and was another brain snapping, glorious mess of chaos.  Which is why I have been pretty excited to see what bat shit craziness they have come up with for Fast & furious 7. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Fast & Furious 7 (2015)

Fast & Furious 7

“One last ride.”

A decade or so ago, a mate had The Fast & the Furious on DVD and insisted we watch it.  It turned out to be exactly what I predicted in all the worst ways.  Refried action movie clichés, macho bullshit, terrible dialogue and nonsensical set pieces built around an even less coherent plot.  Years passed, sequels kept on coming and I successfully ignored them.  Until Fast Five.  Reviews and ecstatic reactions from people whose opinions I generally trust just kept on coming.  So I caved in, watched it, loved it.


Fast Five took the refried action movie clichés, macho bullshit, terrible dialogue and nonsensical set pieces built around an even less coherent plot, and it blew them all out to obscene proportions.  This kind of self aware, but not sarcastic approach, reinvented the franchise and took it to whole new level of brilliant insanity.  Fast & Furious 6 upped the anti once again and was another brain snapping, glorious mess of chaos.  Which is why I have been pretty excited to see what bat shit craziness they have come up with for Fast & furious 7. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | ***AFI 100*** #71. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

“The American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies was selected by AFI’s blue-ribbon panel of more than 1,500 leaders of the American movie community to commemorate 100 Years of Movies”. Every weekend(ish) during 2015, I’ll review two(ish), counting them down from 100 to 1.

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“Hell, these guys deserve to go home as much as I do. They’ve fought just as hard.”

For the last 15 or so years, pretty much all war movies have been shot and edited in a very specific way.  And not just war movies and big battle scenes, but one on one fights in action movies as well.  The camera doesn’t just watch the action now, it’s in it, being rocked by explosions, knocked around by combatants, with shots edited to keep the viewer a little disorientated.  When done right, you get cool, visceral action like in the Bourne movies.  When done wrong, you get incomprehensible shit, like in The Transformers movies.  Right or wrong, they all stole their style from one man and one movie.  Steven Spielberg and Saving Private Ryan.


In one of the most famous scenes of the last two decades of movie making, Saving Private Ryan opens with the storming of the beach at Normandy, the beginning of the allies final push to take Europe back from Hitler.  I hail of bullets and explosions, we focus on the platoon of Capt. Miller (Tom Hanks).  Against all odds, they survive the invasion and are given their next assignment.  When a War Department Colonel (Bryan Cranston) back in America finds out that there’s one poor mother in Iowa who’s about to get four telegrams on the same day announcing the death of four of her five sons, he decides the fifth boy will be sent home safely. (more…)

***2013 RECAP*** MOVIE REVIEW | Fast and Furious 6

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Until a year or so ago, my history with The Fast and the Furious franchise consisted of half watching the first one on DVD back when it came out.  Then, last year, something amazing happened.  I watched Fast and Furious 5 and my mind was blown.  Usually the kind of movie I avoid, I was worn down by a wave of positive reviews and gave it a go.  It turns out it’s in the same genre of hyper self-aware action movies like the Crank films and Shoot ‘Em Up.  While regular action movies bore me, the sense of humour the above mentioned titles have about themselves make them really fun.  And Fast and Furious 6 knocks it up a notch.

So after the heist in 5 made the regulars millionaires, The Rock, their pursuer in 5, tracks down Vin Diesel’s Dom and gets the ball rolling in part 6.  There’s another pack of thieves out there using cars and they include Diesel’s ex, played by Michelle Rodriguez, who it turns out died in one of the earlier movies…  Or did she?  No.  No she did not.  But there’s no point explaining the plot more than that.  Mainly because I don’t really remember it, I didn’t pay any attention to the plot.  This movie is too kickass to concern itself with a coherent plot.  Keep up.

All you need to know is, they get the gang back together and drive some super sweet cars super fast.  Boring Paul Walker is back and so his boring missus.  This time though, they procreate a boring kid.  So he has something to fight for, I guess.  Again, the plot stuff only ever gets in the way of the awesome.  But when it does get out of the way, the awesome flows and it’s awesomely awesome.

The addition of The Rock really is genius.  He’s a good actor who knows just how much cheese to bring to a movie like The Fast and the Furious 6.  He never quite winks at the camera, but there’s just enough there to let you know that he’s in on the joke and having a ball.

The car scenes are always impressive.  This is the director’s third crack at the franchise and he’s obviously learned how to shoot an exciting car chase and whatever other loopy insanity the writers come up with.  Plenty of it is so overblown that it loses all believability, but I’m fine with that.  In a movie like this, more really is more.

I’m still wary of everything in the franchise that preceded part 5 and have no desire to ever see them.  And luckily, the opening credits of 6 breezes through a highlights package of them all, so I never have to.  But I know I’ll definitely be lining up for Fast and Furious 7, and not just because of the part 6 end credits sequence showing that Jason Statham will be in the next one.  I can’t wait to see what insanity they come up with to keep this crazy train barely on the tracks.

Fast & Furious 6
Directed By – Justin Lin
Written By – Chris Morgan