Cert: 12A Runtime: 136 mins Director: F. Gary Gray Cast: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Charlize Theron, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Scott Eastwood and Kurt Russell
I will beat you like a Cherokee drum
Ever since Dwayne Johnson made his appearance in the Fast & Furious franchise it has become immense. After the tragedy that shadowed Fast 7, we all expected it to be the last one. But here we are Fast 8 is now the highest grossing opening film of all time, beating Force Awakens! It shows you that this franchise isn’t dead just yet. So what is The Fate of the Furious about? Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.
Fast 8 included over the top, high flying action and was a relatively good new addition to the franchise that started relatively small. The Furious line has grown into a beast over the past years and is never better in terms of pulling its shares at the box office. Its fast paced action is enough to let us dismiss the lack in narrative and structural content that more sophisticated viewers may be looking for. However this is what is it and no one does it better, a fun, dumb explosion of a franchise that audiences have grown to love.Although its 8th instalment definitely ups the ante from Furious 7 in terms of action the emotional story that the 7th managed to tell in a beautiful send off to the late Paul Walker is sadly not found in this new film. Paul Walker’s absence has really left a void in the franchise that they tried so hard to fill with new comer Scott Eastwood. The relationship between Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson and their chemistry was brilliant. Their to and fro bickering and love/hate relationship was just so good. Rather, the original furious gang really slacked off; Tyrese Gibson and Ludicrous’ characters were both not as fleshed out and seeing as Vin Diesel’s Dom has gone rogue and out of the team the original gang really members really aren’t so colourful and interesting. Overall I would say that even though the action and car chase definitely tops its predecessors. This film was rather not as good as the franchise’s more notable entries such as its 5th and 7th instalments.
Cert: 15 Runtime: 120 mins Director: Paul Feig Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne Miranda Hart, Jude Law, Jason Statham and 50 Cent
I look like someone’s homophobic aunt!
Another Melissa McCarthy movie you say? No thanks! This has been the main conversation the movie going public say these days. Tammy was awful, Identity Thief was terrible, St. Vincent was ok. The main grasp of Spy for me was Paul Feig. This man is helming the female comedy revolution at the moment but he is re-making Ghostbusters and I don’t like him for that. Spy has received a lot of rave reviews by critics. This has been the saving grace of the film in my opinion. What is Spy about then? Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is a middle-aged desk-bound CIA analyst, who is the agency’s unsung hero behind their most dangerous missions. However, when one of her colleagues, the James Bond-like Bradley Fine (Jude Law) is killed during by lethal enemy agent Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne), she decides to go out into the field to avenge his death. Sent out undercover, Cooper must infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.
The writing was good, the one liners in the movie has to be funniest one liners I’ve heard since the movie Whiplash and some of jokes really worked. The movie’s pacing was fast and never slow. One of the problems in modern comedies is how dragging the pacing and jokes are. In this movie, they feel refreshing. I don’t know about you, but Paul Feig’s direction of the action scenes are golden for a comedy like this. He also pulls off some cool one liners in the script. Some of the jokes in the movie are sometimes predictable and just fell flat to me. I know this may sound like a small little nick pick to most people but the movie has a James Bond like opening just like Bond films always open but of cause this movie does it’s own take on it and it really wasn’t all that good, as I said before it’s a small little nick pick but it could have been a lot better. This may be a spoof of spy movies, but it can also be viewed simply as a spy movie that happens to have a female lead. Many of the same plot devices are used. But, as with any movie, what matters are the characters and whether or not we care about what happens to them. This movie basically ends with the lead and two other supporting characters walking off into the sunset.
Melissa McCarthy is back on form in “Spy”, you immediately take a liking to her delightful Susan Cooper and you will be rooting for her for the whole film. Make no mistake, the familiar foul-mouthed McCarthy persona does make an appearance.Even if the marvellous physical comedy skills of Melissa McCarthy is front and centre on display here, you also cannot ignore the comedic talent displayed by the other actors in the cast, many of whom are more known for dramatic roles. Rose Byrne was so on point as the mega-snooty Raina Boyanov, so funny in her straight-faced over-the-top alpha-bitchy mode. The rich comedic rapport McCarthy and Byrne had with each other as mortal nemeses certainly buoyed the middle act. It was so surprising that this glamorous actress is not averse to physical comedy.My unexpected favorite in the cast is Jason Statham and his uncharacteristic portrayal of abrasive CIA Agent Rick Ford. We usually see him as the strong and silent macho hero taking up the cudgels of the oppressed in his many action films. He is still strong and macho, but whoa, Statham is definitely NOT silent here! This must be the first time I have heard him deliver lines in mile-a-minute speed as he proudly relates his many incredible career exploits. Jude Law was right in his element as Bradley Fine, a suave, tuxedo-clad secret agent and charming ladykiller. Give Spy a go people!
Cert: 12A Runtime: 137 mins Director: James Wan Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Kurt Russell
I don’t have friends, I got family.
Franchises you take the good you take the bad and that’s what you get! When the first movie came out we knew what we could get cars, girls and action but this is what we see in every film here. When we hit the 3rd film it was dying on it’s feet in all honesty but since then it came back from the ashes! I will admit I haven’t seen a Fast & Furious movie for a long time. I had to read up the goings on in the second half of the franchise. Unfortunately the sudden death of Paul Walker truly made this film more meaningful and the end of the franchise (potentially). What is Fast 7 about then? Dominic Torretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew thought they left the criminal mercenary life behind. They defeated an international terrorist named Owen Shaw and went their separate ways. But now, Shaw’s brother, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) is out killing the crew one by one for revenge. Worse, a Somalian terrorist called Jakarde (Dijmon Honsou), and a shady government official called “Mr. Nobody” (Kurt Russell) are both competing to steal a computer terrorism program called God’s Eye, that can turn any technological device into a weapon. Torretto must reconvene with his team to stop Shaw and retrieve the God’s Eye program while caught in a power struggle between terrorist and the United States government.
Before I say anything else the Paul walker tribute was very humbling the cast and crew should be proud of the outcome. Fast 7 was fast, over the top and entertaining! The film throws action scenes one another with reckless abandon. There haven’t been many hybrids of vehicular mayhem, shooting spree and fisticuff carnage this magnitude in cinema. James Wan creates the view of these sequences with poise. The camera work is made to appreciate its chaotic action, either it’s CGI made or real collision of metal and flesh. The action sequences are very very OTT! But damm it’s entertaining. Azerbaijan was a brilliant piece of choreography and stunt work. Characters should be familiar for the fans of the series, the actors have become so comfortable with their roles that it gives them an advantage for the acting. The plot and script is very predictable but this is what we expect from the franchise. It’s delivered to a mass audience where we don’t need to think just watch! When Vin Diesel talks about family and life we know it’s real and raw. This was his homage to Walker, you can feel the sadness in the picture. It’s definitely a good watch.