Movie Review: The Fate of the Furious (2017)

Well this review was a long time coming. If you’ve followed my blog for an extended amount of time, you’re probably aware that I spent a decent chunk of 2015 reviewing every “Fast & Furious” movie leading up to the seventh installment. Then later that year I did that one. So this franchise has become a bit of a staple for this blog. So let’s talk about the eighth installment.

Family… “The Fate of the Furious”.

After our beloved gang pulls another job for the government, their leader Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) betrays them and starts working for a shady hacker/terrorist known as Cipher (Charlize Theron). So we follow the crew as they do everything in their power to stop Cipher and get Dom back. Not gonna lie, I found myself surprisingly engaged by the narrative here. Maybe I’m biased because I’ve grown attached to this world and these characters, but I felt like there was a lot of effort put into making the story here as dramatically engaging as possible without sacrificing the fast and furious thrills of the franchise. This does bring down the pace ever so slightly, but never to the point of ruining the movie. It’s still generally a fast-paced action fest, and I do appreciate some of the slower moments as they add a surprising amount of nuance and genuinely interesting conflict to the story. So yeah, not perfect, but still very good.

The characters in this are just as colorful, charming, and entertaining as ever, but now also have added character conflict due to the aforementioned part of Dom going bad. Speaking of which, let’s start with Dom, once again played by mumblegrumble master Vin Diesel. Dom is usually the same ol’ guy in every movie, so it’s nice to see him get a little extra character development for a change. And I must say, this is the best I’ve seen Diesel in this franchise, the dude shows that he can do more than just his signature mumblegrumble. Charlize Theron as newcomer villain Cipher is really good in that role, playing her with a generally quiet menace right out of a 90s movie (which I love). Next we have Dwayne Johnson and Jason Stathamas Hobbs and Shaw, both returning characters, mortal enemies forced to work together to stop Cipher. Their banter here is amazing, their chemistry is amazing, they are amazing. Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Kurt Russell all return in their roles, and they are all very good in their roles. And in a few other supporting roles we have Scott Eastwood, Patrick St. Esprit, Kristofer Hivju, and Celestino Cornielle. So overall it’s quite a well rounded cast.

The score for the movie was composed by franchise mainstay (bar the sixth one) Brian Tyler. And it’s another good score. Big bold brass and the occasional soft string and piano. It’s not exactly the most original or unpredictable score, but it serves the movie just fine. There’s also a handful of licensed songs used throughout, all hip hop, all fitting really well in their scenes. So yeah, the movie has good music.

“The Fate of the Furious” was directed by F. Gary Gray, and I think he did a good job with that. He shows with his direction that he knows how to make actions feel like they have weight. So when things happen, they feel like they happen and really hurt, even when it’s clearly done mainly in a computer. Which brings us to the action scenes, which are the dumbest, silliest, most insane set pieces this franchise has seen so far… and I love all of them. I love heavy dramas, I love being intellectually challenged… but sometimes I just need something ridiculously stupid to put a big smile on my face. And the action in this movie did just that. The action in this is an absolute blast to watch.

This movie has been decently well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 67% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 56/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6.7/10.

“The Fate of the Furious” is an absolutely bonkers action movie with a lot of heart, and while that might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I absolutely loved it. It has a really good story, really good characters, great performances, good music, and great directing/action. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “The Fate of the Furious” is a 9,56/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “The Fate of the Furious” is now completed.

Sometimes you just need something stupid.

“Wheelman” teaser trailer!

Hello there, my friends! Time for some trailer talk! So here we go!

We have now gotten our first look at Netflix original movie “Wheelman”. So what’s this all about then? Well, Frank Grillo stars as a badass getaway driver who gets pulled into a really bad situation. And that’s really all we know, and that’s all we need. Getaway driver, bad situation, action, Frank Grillo. Now, I’ve actually had this movie in my sights for a while mainly due to a couple of things. For one, it stars the aforementioned Frank Grillo, one of the most badass actors working today. And it was produced by both Grillo and Joe Carnahan, the man who made the excellent “The Grey” and the really fun “Stretch” (which I recently reviewed *Nudge nudge wink wink*). So since I follow their social media feeds I’ve known about this project for a while, and now we finally have our first look at it. And while there isn’t a lot of footage to go on, I would still say that I’m excited. I’m always up for a good action movie, and a bit of Frank Grillo. Sure, the director, Jeremy Rush, hasn’t directed a movie prior to this, but I am still quite interested in this. “Wheelman” is set to be released on October 20th, only on Netflix.

What are your thoughts on this? Are you excited for “Wheelman”? And what’s your favorite movie about/heavily featuring a getaway driver? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments.
Have a good one and enjoy the teaser!

Movie Review: Cop Car (2015)

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I wouldn’t really say that there are a lot of independent movies featured on my blog. There is maybe one or two every now and then, but not a lot. So let’s review one right now!

Ladies and gentlemen, don’t steal a fucking… “Cop Car”.

During what I would call an adventure, two boys (James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford) find an abandoned police car that still has the keys in it for some reason. So the boys take it for a bit of a joyride. What they don’t know is that they stole it from a pretty corrupt cop (Kevin Bacon and his very interesting mustache). And now we get to see the boys fuck around with the car while the officer tries to find out what happened to his car and where it is. And for most of the movie I think the plot worked. From a basic standpoint, the idea of the plot is pretty unique and actually somewhat realistic. I mean, these kids seem around 10 and I do think that if a pair of 10 year olds would find an abandoned car with the keys in it they would take it. However, I did say that the plot worked mostly. And what I mean is that towards the end it starts falling apart and it starts turning into a less realistic B-movie. And based on that I feel like the movie wouldn’t become as great as it could have.

The characters might not have big arc they follow, but at least they’re entertaining. Kevin Bacon is absolutely fantastic as this really corrupt Sheriff who jsut lost his car which happen to be filled with guns and a few other surprises. But it’s great to see Kevin Bacon in a great role like this. Although I do wonder about that mustache of his. Anyway, what else is there? Oh yeah, the two leading kids… they are surprisingly good. Having kids act in a movie is a big gamble since they very often turn out pretty awful. However in this movie the kids actually give very good performances, at least from a child actor standpoint. Shea Whigham is also really good in his role. Every actor seen in the movie does a great job.

The score for “Cop Car” was composed by Phil Mossman and it was pretty good. Nothing mindblowing or great, but still good. It worked for the movie and helped build a little bit of tension at a few points. It’s pretty well composed and never distracts or ruins anything.

This movie was directed by Jon Watts and despite not really knowing anything about him prior to seeing this movie, I thought he did a great job directing this movie. The shots look great and everything is steady. I also love a lot of the environments you get to see in the movie, the southern states have some pretty great sights that work very well in movies. Also, here is a fun fact about the movie for you: The dispatch voice that you hear throughout the movie was provided by Kyra Sedgwick who is married to Kevin Bacon.

This movie has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 79% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 66/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,2/10.

“Cop Car” has a very original idea for it’s plot and it works all the way except for the end. But the movie also has really good acting, good music and excellent directing. Time for my final score. *EEEEOOOOOEEEEEOOOO*. My final score for “Cop Car” is an 8,70/10. I think that it’s worth buying.
Worth buying

¨Cop Car” is now reviewed.

Kids’ll be kids… Hicks’ll be dicks.

Movie Review: Furious 7 (2015)

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As some of you might remember, I reviewed every single “Fast & Furious” movie back in May of this year because of the at that point recent release of this damn movie. And from that it’s taken me more than 6 months to get around to it. But at long last, we are here. So let’s stop with this shit and get with it.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Furious 7”.

Ready for some more stupidity? *Smack* Ouch, okay I’ll do it right! The story of this movie is that Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), the brother of the the last movie’s villain, is coming after the gang to get revenge for his brother. So it’s up to Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker, R.I.P) and all the other guys we know and love to try and stop him. Now that is the main plot we are supposed to care about, but at the same time we get a secondary plot of the gang helping a governmental orgainzation led by Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) with finding a device that could locate any person on planet earth. And it is all very convoluted and guys, this is what the problem was with “Fast & Furious 6”. Don’t get me wrong, I think the plot of this movie is more well handled than in the last movie, but it’s still a bit convoluted and that takes away a bit from the enjoyment of the movie. I mean, it’s fine I guess.

The characters are just as enjoyable as last time and their performances have neither imporved nor gotten worse. So let’s discuss some of the newer ones… like Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw. I would say that putting Jason Statham as the main villain of your movie is a damn good idea, it is one I highly approve of. And while Statham’s performance was really good and menacing, I still felt like the character was underutilized and that he was only there to mess things up a little for our heroes. Then we have Kurt Russell as the mysterious Mr. Nobody and he was awesome. Come on, it’s Kurt fuckin’ Russell! Sure, he wasn’t in teh movie too much, but he was still great… He’s Kurt Russell! One thing I feel kind of split about is the character of Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). Don’t get me wrong, I think he might be the best thing that ever happened to this franchise, but he is used so little in this movie that it’s a bit disappointing. Sure, whenever he is on screen we get some of the best parts of the movie, but they are so few and far between that I almost feel betrayed.

The score for “Furious 7” was composed by Brian Tyler and as you may know, I’m a big fan of that guy. And as per usual, he delivered a great original score for the movie. It is big, bombastic, tense and surprisingly emotional. I would really dare say that this is one of the best scores I have ever heard from Tyler. With that said, does the rest of the soundtrack work for the movie? Yes… yes it does. They managed to fit songs perfectly into the scenes they were used in. And with that said, I feel like i should maybe touch on the song “See you Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth. The song was created as a tribute to the late Paul Walker and his character Brian who would most likely get retired after this movie. And I have to say that the song worked, it is a fitting send-off for Walker and his character. I can also say that I think it is a good song, maybe even worthy of an Oscar nomination…

This is the first “F&F” movie since “Tokyo Drift” that have had a new director take over. So now instead of Justin Lin directing it, we have James Wan who is more known for horror movies than for action. But I have to say that I think he did a good job directing this movie. Sure, the hand-to-hand combat sequences were not that great because of a higher framerate and for a little bit of shaky-cam in them, so they are not impressive at all. However, when there is over-the-top vehicular mayhem in the movie, Wan really did a fantastic job! It’s silly, stupid, ridiculous, absolutely bonkers and pretty fucking fun. Really, instead of Vengeance Hits Home, the tagline for the movie should’ve been Physics Be Damned. 

This movie has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 81% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 67/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,3/10.

While bogged down a bit by a convoluted plot and underutilization of certain characters, “Furious 7” is still one of the best entries in the franchise. With fun characters, a really great soundtrack, really good directing and a fitting send-off for Paul Walker, it’s definitely still a fun movie. Time for my final score. *Cough*. My final score for “Furious 7” is an 8,95/10. It’s definitely worth buying.
Worth buying

My review of “Furious 7” is finally completed.

*Looks out window*. Is that Jeff parachuting a car?

Movie Review: Mad Max – Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

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We are finally here, the final part of my series of “Mad Max” reviews (“Fury Road” not included). It has been a… strange journey to say the least. From the revenge story of “Mad Max” to the vehicular insanity of “The Road Warrior” and now we have the finalé left.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you… “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome”.

Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) is back to be scruffy-looking and badass. This time he stumbles upon a place called Bartertown where he meets the town’s leader called Aunty Entity (Tina Turner). But after some shit hits the fan, he gets exiled into the wasteland and left to die. But then he is taken in with some children who live in a forest/jungle/how-did-that-end-up-there-in-the-sandy-wasteland whom he then teams up with to rebel against Aunty Entity. While I was entertained through the entirety of the movie, I feel like the plot got a little… stupid. I love the first half where he is in Bartertown/Thunderdome, fighting for his life, but when he ends up with the kids it feels like an entirely different movie… and not really in a good way. It started to feel less like a “Mad Max” movie and more like a Steven Spielberg movie. And I was not the biggest fan of how the plot developed, even though it was enjoyable to watch.

I think it’s safe to say that Mel Gibson is fantastic as Max. He nailed it the first two times, and he nailed it here too. I would even say that he got some great character development in this movie, with Max evolving a fair amount as a character which is great to see. I was however worried about the casting of Tina Turner in the movie. Don’t get me wrong, I love her, I think she is a fantastic musician… but since I have never seen her act before I was worried that she would suck. Did she suck? Not really. While she wasn’t as terrible as I thought she might’ve been, she was still not great. Her performance was at a lot of times over-the-top and a little campy, but she was still fine. All other performances on the other hand were pretty great. And since this is a “Mad Max” movie you can expect that everyone have lost their fucking minds and are all very colorful, which is always fun.

The music was done by composer Maurice Jarre. And as per usual it was great, with Jarre showing that he can create pieces of music for all moods a movie wants to show. There were also one or two tracks done/sung by Tina Turner and those were pretty great which is to be expected. All of the music was in fact very well composed and really enjoyable to listen to.

George Miller returns as director, but is this time also joined by George Ogilvie who I have never fuckin’ heard of. No offense to the man, I’m sure he’s a nice guy, I just haven’t heard of him before. Anyway, holy shit this movie looks amazing. Out of all the movies so far, this might be the best looking one out of them all. The cinematography is beautiful and the pans and zooms and overall directing is simply great. It also has some pretty great action scenes. Mainly two of them; The first one is the fight in Thunderdome between Max and a huge, muscular man named Blaster. The second one is the big chase at the end which is typical “Mad Max” badassery. What is a little weird about the movie is that it is the only one in the series (“Fury Road” included) that is rated PG-13. Why the sudden change of age rating, Miller? It doesn’t really take away from the movie, I just find it weird. Answer me, damn it!

This movie has gotten some mixed reception to say the least. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 81% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 80/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 4/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,2/10.

“Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome” is a strange movie. It has an entertaining plot that still derails itself halfway through, but it also has really fun characters/great performances, and excellent soundtrack, terrific directing/cinematography and awesome action. Time for my final score. MAAAAAAAAAAAD MAAAAAAAAAAX! My final score for “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome” is an 8,78/10. I’d still say that it’s worth buying.
Worth buying

I have finally reviewed the final part in the “Mad Max” trilogy (A.K.A. “Beyond Thunderdome”).

Who runs Bartertown?

Movie Review: Mad Max (1979)

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I know, I know, I am a bit alte in the game when it comes to the “Mad Max” franchise. But hey, better late than never, right? Anyway, time for another series of reviews based on a movie franchise. And this time it is for (if it wasn’t obvious already) “Mad Max”. So I will try to review all original movies before “Mad Max: Fury Road” comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray. And yes I know, I am not done with my series of “Jaws” reviews, but I swear that I will get that done soon enough. But for now, let’s talk about the first of a series of Australian movies.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Mad Max”.

The world has almost gone to shit (that’s a new one). There is still a little bit of order left in the world with police officers still existing to keep everything in control. In this movie we follow officer Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) who have to take up arms again to try to take out a motorcycle gang to avenge his wife and son. That is basically the plot in a nutshell, strange thing is that it doesn’t happen until fairly late in the movie (mild spoilers I guess). Not that the plot is slow, not at all. The plot moves at a really good pace, it’s jsut so weird that the main plot of the movie comes in at such a late point. Anyhow, the plot is really good.

The characters are prety good I guess, it just seems like no one is completely sane (SIdenote: I guess that is why they call it “MAD Max”). How is the acting then? It’s fine at best, no one gives really a noteworthy performance in that sense. I guess the best one comes from Gibson who actually is really good in the movie. However, everyone else is at best fine. The bad guys however (for the most part) are rather meh. I think the actors confused crazy for weird and awkward. Because the main bad guy (Sidenote: The one called “Toecutter” played by Hugh Keays-Byrne) doesn’t really give that great of a performance here. Like I said, I think he confused crazy and psychotic with weird and awkward. And that kind of drags it down a bit for me. Gibson’s really good though, so that’s something!

The score was composed by Brian May, no, not the guitarist from Queen, but an Australian man who did music for a bunch of Australian movies. Anyway, it was good, definitely a product of it’s era. You notice that this music was composed back in the 70’s, it has the sort of 70’s action-thriller style. I don’t know how to explain it better, that is the only way I can explain it. And it was pretty good, fit the movie well enough.

When you watch this movie, would you expect it to come from the same guy that directed “Happy Feet”? Because I sure as shit didn’t. Because this is a violent and weird movie that is as far from a movie about cute dancing penguins as possible. Anyway, this movie was directed by George Miller who did a great job with directing this movie that apparently was on a very thin budget. The shots look great and he did an overall great job. And the action in the movie is really cool too. They did a lot of crazy stunts with the vehicles and I love seeing these types of real stunts because we never get them these days. Fuckin’ CGI…

This movie has been pretty well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 89% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 67/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,0/10.

“Mad Max” is a mixed bag of stuff. The story is good, the acting is for the most part fine with Mel Gibson being really good and the main bad guy not being that great, the music is fine, the action/stunts are great and the direction/camera work being great. Time for my final score. *Australian Phrase*. My final score for “Mad Max” is an 8,77/10. I think it’s worth buying.
Worth buying

Review of “Mad Max” is done.

He’s a very, very Maaaaad Max…

 

Movie Review: Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

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At last, my friends… we are here. The last part of my series of “Fast & Furious” reviews. Of course I will review “Furious 7” at some point… but that’s not now. No, now we review the 6th one which seemed like it would be the final one (yeah right). So now it is time to wrap up this series of reviews with…

“FAST AND FURIOUS 6”!

In this movie we have Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) asking the gang to help him take out dangerous mercenary Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). So once again Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker, R.I.P), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris), Han (Sung Kang) and Gisele (Gal Gadot) has to team up and cause some major mayhem! But we also get this really odd and almost out of place sidestory how (Spoilers for “Fast & Furious” (2009) if you have not seen it) Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) actually survived that crash, lost her memory and got recruited by Shaw. Again, it felt really out of place and I don’t get why it exists. It just makes the entire plot really convoluted and kind of over it’s own head. This is something that I felt dragged the movie down a bit for me, a convoluted plot. The plot sin’t bad per se, it’s just (like I said) dragged down by those twisty little parts.

The characters are as great as ever. Vin Diesel growls like always. Paul Walker was really good in the movie too. I feel like he finally managed to give a performance that was above “Good” but below “Great”. Tyrese Gibson was funny and not annoying (unlike in “2 Fast 2 Stupid Title”). Sung Kang was great, I really liked him since he showed up in “Tokyo Drift”. Gal Gadot was also really good. Ludacris was pretty entertaining too. Riddle me this one though, boyh in “Fast Five” and this one his character is a bit of a tech wiz… yet that theme never popped up in “2 Fast 2 Stupid Title”. What the hell happened screenwriters? Fuck it! And of course… Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs… fucking awesome! I mean, it’s Dwayne Johnson… nothing more needs to be said. I also did like Luke Evans as Owen Shaw, he was a pretty good villain. I did overall enjoy all characters.

The score was apparently NOT done by Brian Tyler which is weird because he made the music for the previous three movies and apparently he made the score for “Furious 7”, so why wasn’t he involved with this? Apparently it was done by a bunch of different musicians. And yes, it did fit really well. NEXT!

Remember the laws of physics? Yeah well you can say goodbye to them in this movie. They basically nowhere to be found. With that said, the action in this movie is pretty fucking great. The c-q-c (Close quarters combat) was pretty well done. The driving parts were also pretty spectacular. At this point they have nailed everything they need to nail when it comes to being an action movie about Fast cars and Furious Vin Diesel.

This movie, while pretty well-received, was not as well-received as the previous installment “Fast Five”. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 69% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 61/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,2/10.

“Fast & Furious 6” is a fast-paced, badass action movie with a few good performances, some pretty good music and awesome action. However, it is brought down by a convoluted plot with a bunch of out of place twists. Time for my final score. *Window breaks* What the hell, Jeff!? What happened? You flew out of a car? And you’re alright? Well, shit. Envelope? Thank you, now go away! My final score for “Fast & Furious 6” is an 8,40/10. Even though the plot drags it down a bit, it is still worth a rental.
Rent it

“Fast & Furious 6” reviewed.

Plan B? We need a plan C, D, E. We need more alphabet!

Movie Review: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

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With “The Fast and the Furious” month just keeps going, time to review the third part of the series. No delay, let’s do it!

Guys and gals… “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”.

So for the third movie they decided to drop all of the main characters for a new guy. In this movie we follow high school student Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) who gets sent to Japan to live with his dad (Brian Goodman) after Sean crashes a car at a construction site (Whoops?). And of course since this is an “F&F” movie he gets into even more racing shenanigans. But this time it is through the ways of drift racing! Simple plot for a simple movie. What I liked about it is that unlike “2 Fast 2 Furious” the plot of this movie isn’t trying to be more than it actually is. In that movie we had a racing movie trying to be a cool undercover cop movie and I feel like that detracted from the overall quality. But in “Tokyo Drift” we have a plot that is simple and knows what it is. The only things about it that tries to be slightly above the whole racing movie thing is that they bring up a little Yakuza (Sidenote: For those of you who don’t know, the Yakuza is the Japanese mafia) in the latter half of the movie. But they didn’t exploit that to look deeper than it actually is and therfore did not ruin the plot. Yes, the plot is not my favorite dumb-dumb plot ever, but I did enjoy it more than “2 Fast 2 Stupid Title”.

Once again we have characters that are kinda fun but still not that great… kind of like “2 Fast 2 Stupid Title”. The only difference is that these characters seem less cartoonish. On the plus side, no annoying Tyrese Gibson. On the negative side, no Ludacris. I can however say that Lucas Black was pretty good in the movie. Now I have never considered him a terrific actor… mainly because I have only seen him in “NCIS: New Orleans” up to this point. But he was pretty good and played his character well.

This is the first movie in the series to actually feature an original score. Of course there are a lot of licensed tracks heavily based in the hip-hop/rap department. And while they were even better fitted into the movie than in “2 Fast 2 Stupid Title”, they were nothing special. What I care about is the original score of the movie… that was actually really good! It was done by the always terrific Brian Tyler who never disappoints. We also got one track in the original score by motherfuckin’ Slash! Hell yes! And that track was fucking badass! *Ahem* Sorry… I liked the music in the movie, it fit.

This is the movie that introduced Justin Lin to the franchise and thank god it happened. Not that the other directors were bad, it’s just that Lin was a good choice. He makes his movie look smooth, slick and cool. This might be the most well-directed of the movies so far (Sidenote: By “so far” I mean out of the movies I have seen). It is more well-directed in my opinion. And the driving scenes are as fun as before… nothing more to it. Also, if you have not seen it yet, there is a pretty cool cameo in the end that I will not spoil.

This was not a very well-received movie. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 37% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 46/100. Roger Ebert gave this one, like the two previous movie, 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 5,9/10.

“The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” is jsut as stupid as the previous movies but still understands that the plot doesn’t need as many “layers” unlike the previous movie. It also has a decent performance from Lucas Black, a really good soundtrack, slick direction and fun races. Time for my final score. *Jeff drifts in* Holy shit… nice drift, Jeff! You got the envelope? Thank you… now drift away! *Jeff drifts away* My final score for “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” is an 8,52/10. I actually think it is worth buying.
Worth buying

“The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” is reviewed.

3 Fast 3 Furious

Movie Review: 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

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Hello and welcome back to my month of “The Fast and the Furious”! You know, the thing I started the other day where I try to get through all the “Fast & Furious” movies before the end of may. So let’s not stand still any longer, let’s dive into the sequel to that 2001 racing movie.

Ladies and gents… “2 Fast 2 Furious”.

Hey look, stupid racing! *Donk* Ouch! Okay, okay, I’ll do it properly! Since I have to talk about the plot I better get it out of the way. So in this movie we see the return of Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker, R.I.P). In this movie he gets teamed up with childhood friend Roman Pierce (Tyrese Gibson) by the FBI to take down a Miami drug exporter in exchange of getting their criminal records cleared. So they tried to add more layers to a plot about silly action movies about fast cars and hot chicks. Oh well. The plot, while not bad, was really fucking stupid. They didn’t need the extra layer and I feel like it brought down the movie as you were reminded sometimes that there was a plot to begin with. They thought they made a great plot when really they didn’t.

What this movie lacks in plot it makes up for in characters. They are all colorful, not very well-acted, but colorful. But hey, at least Paul Walker got slightly better at acting since the first movie. Tyrese Gibson, while not a great actor, was enjoyable in the movie. And the guy who played the villain Carter Verone (Cole Hauser), he was almost cartoonish in how he portrayed him. But by far, best character in the movie has to be Tej (Ludacris), he was fucking awesome. I don’t know, I just enjoyed him.

The soundtrack for the movie is pretty similar to the one from the first movie with the only major difference being that there are no Limp Bizkit styled songs. Only hip-hop/rap this time. And this time I feel like the choice of songs was slightly better than the previous movie. Last time I feel like they just grabbed a couple of songs and threw in there. In this movie however I feel like they actually gave some thought to which songs to use and when to use them. So I am glad they learned how to do it… at least do it better.

The action scenes in this movie are just as fun in this movie if not even more fun. I don’t really know why I like them more, I just do. Somehow they just feel faster and more fun. Also, did anyone else notice that a large chunk of the lines in this movie felt like they could be lyrics to a rap song? Because to be it felt like that… weird.

This movie as not very well-received among critics and a fair amount of people. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 36% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 38/100. Roger Ebert knew the movie was just stupid fun and gave it 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 5,8/10.

“2 Fast 2 Furious” is 2 stupid 2 hate (Sorry about that). The addition of a slightly thicker plot brings it down while still having enjoyable action scenes, colorful characters and a slightly better performance from Paul Walker. Time for my final score. Wow, you got here fast, Jeff. You said you are… 2 Fast 2 Furious? Just give me the fucking envelope! Now go away! My final score for “2 Fast 2 Furious” is a 7,44/10. I think it’s worth renting.
Rent it

Review of “2 Fast 2 Furious” is done.

Such a stupid title…

Movie Review: Drive (2011)

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You guys know what is rare to find in movies these days? Good car scenes. And by that I don’t only mean car chases, I mean driving parts in general. Sure we have the “Fast and the Furious” franchise for the car chases, but that don’t satsify the “normal driving” parts. And “normal driving” parts are usually difficult to find if you want good ones. And good storytelling is not rare to find, but sometimes you need something that is both subtle and got something action-y. So then I heard about this movie called “Drive”. So I got curious and watched it a month or two later. So is “Drive” any good? Let’s find out!

P.S. I saw this movie first time a few years back, this review is based on me re-watching the movie now as I am older and understand shit even better.

Drivers and Driverettes…Well…Drive.

The story is set in Los Angeles and follows a guy called “Driver” (Ryan Gosling). Yes he is called Driver (or kid) in the movie, his real name is never revealed. He is a stunt guy at a movie studio, you know doing all the car crashing and what-not. He is also a mechanic at a workshop owned by his friend and boss Shannon (Bryan Cranston). He also lives a third life as a getaway driver. There’s a hundred-thousand streets in this city. You don’t need to know the route. You give me a time and a place, I give you a five minute window. Anything happens in that five minutes and I’m yours. No matter what. Anything happens a minute either side of that and you’re on your own. Do you understand?” That is the first quote we hear not only when he does his getaway driver thingy but also the first quote in the entire fucking movie. One day he meets and befriends his new neighbour Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her son Benicio (Kaden Leos). Irene’s husband Standard (Oscar Isaac) is in jail. Throughout the movie he does a fair amount of driving, he gets a lot tighter with Irene & Benicio, gets signed (by the help of Shannon) for racing by a man named Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks) and ends up in more shit than he originally intended to. The reason this review have been fairly restricted so far is that it is so difficult to not start going on about the entire story in the movie because that would be spoilers. The reason it is so difficult not to spoil is since the story is one of the best in movie history (in my opinion of course). I love it so much that I just want to get into a full discussion about it. But I can’t, this is a spoiler free blog. But yeah, I love the story. Also, the people who went into this and expected a “Fast & Furious”-esque movie will be sorely disappointed.

The characters in Drive are more flawed than a lot of characters I have seen. But that is what makes them so damn good! They have nothing that makes you think “OMG BEST CHARACTER EVER!”. However, you may like them and that is good. ’cause I know I liked them a lot even if some of them (Albert Brooks & Ron Perlman) were total dicks. One character that you’ll most likely actually like is Shannon, he is just trying to make money while also being very nice and a father figure for Driver. He is justbeinghimself and not being a dick in the process. The characters in this movie are so fucking well acted that I don’t mind if they are dicks or flawed or anything. The most well acted (my opinion acting up again) here is honestly Ryan Gosling as Driver, what a great performance! He delivers the character of Driver in such a quiet and cold manor that it can not be ignored on how great it is.

The music I didn’t care too much for at first. Not saying it is bad, just saying it is not my main cup of tea. It is a sorta techno-pop-stuff genre, but I can’t set my finger on it to 100%. It’s hard what to call it. Maybe I should just call the style…DRIVE. So yeah, good music.

Like I said on the story part is that this is not a hard boiled “Fast & Furious” movie like some people might think. This movie relies more on subtlety and philosophy and symbolism to do it’s talking. Also, this movie is beautifully filmed. It just looks amazing!

Reception for Drive was pretty much only good. For example, it won the “Best Director’s” or what it is called award from the Cannes Film Festival. It got a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 93% and is certified “Fresh”. And for once, Metacritic has a good score for a movie, the movie got a 78/100 there. Roger Ebert gave the movie a 3,5/4 stars and named it his “7th favorite movie of 2011”. To quote him:

“Here is a movie with respect for writing, acting, and craft. It has respect for knowledgeable moviegoers.”

The imdb rating for the movie at the time of this review is a 7,8/10. Damn.

So based on my weird opinions on “Drive”, I am giving the movie a 9,99/10. This movie is at the time of this review, my new favorite movie with “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” falling not far behind. I think it’s not only worth checking out, I also think that you should buy this movie if you haven’t. Please, do it NOW!!!

I reviewed “Drive”, my new favorite movie.

See you later!