Movie Review: Star Trek Beyond (2016)

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Star Trek Beyond”!

As the Enterprise goes out to explore an uncharted part of space it gets attacked by the villainous Krall (Idris Elba) and his followers, which makes the Enterprise crash on some unknown planet. So now Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), and the other people of the Enterprise have to team up with an alien woman named Jaylah (Sofia Boutella) to try to stop Krall and also find a way off the fucking planet. All of this makes for one hell of an entertaining plot. It’s a fun and fast-paced adventure that gives us an entertaining popcorn plot while also honoring the original series in a good way. Sure, this plot doesn’t exactly break any new ground, but it’s still pretty damn good.

The characters in this are al layered, interesting, and incredibly entertaining. Chris Pine is once again terrific as Kirk. Zachary Quinto once again knocks it out of the park as Spock. Karl Urban was once again fantastic as Bones, AKA my favorite character in this reboot series. Anton Yelchin (may he rest in peace) was once again great as Chekov. Zoe Zaldana was once again great as Uhura. John Cho was once again great as Sulu. Simon Pegg was great as Scotty. Okay, let’s just put it like this: Returning cast was great. I especially liked how they teamed up various characters in the movie that didn’t get too much time together in the previous two movies. My favorite of those was Spock and Bones, their back and forth was fantastic! Now, let’s talk about the newcomers. Idris Elba was great as Krall. At first he just felt like your typical scary alien villain, but during the third act (no spoilers) you learn moe about him and I thought he got a lot more interesting and compelling as the villain. Sofia Boutella was great as Jaylah, this alien woman that our heroes meets in the movie. Her character was interesting, funny, and badass… I really liked her. So in conclusion: It ‘s a great cast and they’re all giving great performances.

The score for the movie was (like in the previous two movies) composed by Michael Giacchino and once again it is great. Big, epic, and overall very well composed… it’s a great original score that perfectly fits the movie, not much else I can say about it. I’ll also say this, there’s a certain licensed track used in the movie in a really fun way, not gonna say what it is or how it was used, but let it be known that I thought it was quite awesome.

This movie was directed by Justin Lin (the man behind 4 of the 8 “Fast & Furious” movies) and I think he did a great job. The shots look great, and the action scenes are very well handled. The action scenes flow very well and they are just awesome! The visual effects once again look absolutely fantastic, and the the makeup/prosthetics are absolutely amazing! How “Suicide Squad” took the Oscar over this movie is just baffling.

This movie has been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 84% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 68/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,1/10. The movie was also nominated for 1 Oscar in the category of Best makeup/hairstyling.

“Star Trek Beyond” is an incredibly fun summer blockbuster filled with good character moments while also honoring the original series. It features a great plot, great characters, great performances, great music, great directing, and great visual effects (CGI and practical). Time for my final score. *Gets beamed up to ship*. My final score for “Star Trek Beyond” is a 9,87/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “Star Trek Beyond” is now completed.

“In loving memory of Leonard Nimoy”.
“For Anton”.
Tears, man… tears.

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: 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: Fast Five (2011)

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Jesus tapdancing Christ, we are already at number 5 in the series. So let’s cut the crap and get straight into the review, shall we?

Dudes and chicks… “Fast Five”.

So once again Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker, R.I.P) return to cause more vehicular mayhem. But this time it is to pull the heist of a lifetime so they can buy their freedom. But they can’t do this alone! They hire a team of people who are experts in their respective fields. And this team consists of previous cast members Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson, oh fuck no), Tej (Ludacris), Han (Sung Kang), Gisele (Gal Gadot), Leo (Tego Calderon) and Santos (Don Omar). But at the same time they have to worry about taking down a druglord AND staying clear of federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). Before giving a verdict… how did we go from ripping off “Point Break” to ripping off “Ocean’s Eleven”? Anyway, the plot in this movie while slightly more layered than what is good for the franchise, I love the plot to the movie. While it has a few layers, it is well done and surprisingly simple. Since this movie doesn’t take itself that seriously and instead embracing the ridiculous aspects of the franchise it really helps. It knows it is stupid and it wears it like a badge… kind of like 1996’s “The Rock”.

The characters in this movie are great. They are all fun and get a good amount of space, while not feeling over/underused. Vin Diesel is still really good (if you can call it that) as Dom Toretto. And in this one Paul Walker has not really improved since the last time, but that’s not a bad thing seeing that he was pretty good in “Fast & Furious”. All other characters are great too. AND TYRESE GIBSON WASN’T ANNOYING IN THIS ONE! And of course… Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, he is as awesome as he is in everything. I swear, you could put that guy in a movie where he is in just one room, reading the dictionary and he’d be great. And to be fair, everyone was really good in the movie.

The hip-hop music is back, fitting perfectly in how it is used. They also added a little latino pop, in lack of a better word for it. And for the third (and so far best) time Brian Tyler. And as per usual the score was great. It was intense, it was action-y and it was overall great.

This is Justin Lin’s third time directing an “F&F” movie and it is definitely the most well-directed of the three. It is smooth, it is visually great and HOLY SHIT, THE ACTION IS AWESOME! It is fast, furious, intense and badass as hell! Not just the driving scenes which are by far the best in the franchise so far, but all other action scenes too. The fights, the shootouts, the chases… they are all great. Especially if you are able to suspend your disbelief. Because this movie is so badass that it chooses to ignore the laws of physics. So you science nerds should probably not watch this movie. Thank god then that I love over-the-top stuff like this!

Looking at all major review sites, this is the most well-received of the movies so far. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 78% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 67/100. Roger Ebert liked this one and gave it 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,3/10.

“Fast Five” is big, loud and dumb and it wears it like a badge. With fun characters, a decent story, great music and some awesomely ridiculous action, it is a good movie. Time for my final score. *Vroom vroom* My final score for “Fast Five” is a 9,64/10. It of course gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
Seal of Approval

“Fast Five” is now reviewed.

Kind of sounds like a high-speed handjob…

Movie Review: Fast & Furious (2009)

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My month of “Fast and the Furious” is moving along pretty fast (and furious). So now it is time to review the fourth movie in the series!

Ladies and gentlemen… “Fast & Furious”!

So in this movie we see the return of Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) who has to team up with FBI agent Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker, R.I.P) to take down a drug importer by infiltrating his organization. If this sounds familiar then you’d be right, this is the same plot as in “2 Fast 2 Stupid Title”. Only difference this time is that Brian works for the FBI and instead of annoying Tyrese Gibson we get Vin Diesel. I also feel like the story was handled slightly better in this movie than in “2 Fast 2 Stupid Title”. The biggest negative though comes from the fact this movie takes itself so seriously at times. The previous movie at least knew that they were stupid as shit and fun. This one tries to be serious while also being a movie featuring Fast cars and Furious Vin Diesel. But like I said, I did enjoy the plot slightly more here than in that other one I mentioned before.

The characters, while taking themselves too seriously sometimes, are good. Vin Diesel is being Vin Diesel in this movie and that is something I enjoy. And Paul Walker got slightly better since last we saw him. His performance has slightly improved and that makes me happy. The other actors in the movie are pretty good too. Everybody are pretty good overall.

The music was once again filled with a lot of hip-hop tracks with a few Limp Bizkit styled songs. And they managed to fit them in perfectly this time. One of the problems I had with the music of the original movie was that it felt like they only threw the music in and gave no thought to when and where to use what tracks. And for every movie they have gotten slightly better at it. And in this one they nailed it. We also get another original score by Brian Tyler! And as per usual it is great. Just as cool and well put together as his score in “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”. Would I say it’s his best score? No, but I think it is really good.

The action in this movie is great! Wnat proof? Watch the first five minutes of this movie and say that the little heist(ish) scene in the beginning isn’t badass and awesome! That scene is exciting and really well filmed. And so are the rest of the action scenes in this movie. Justin Lin really seems to know how to direct good action. Again, the cars are Fast and the Vin Diesel is Furious. And I like that!

So how was this movie received? What did people think? Meh. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 28% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 45/100. Roger Ebert wasn’t overly positive to it and gave it 1,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,6/10 (Sidenote: The same score as the first movie in the series).

“Fast & Furious” is a movie that takes the plot of a previous movie in the franchise but does it slightly better, has enjoyable characters with decent performances, a really good score by Brian Tyler and terrific action. But it is also brought down by it trying to take itself so seriously. Time for my final score. *Deep breath* My final score for “Fast & Furious” is an 8,59/10. I do think it is worth buying.
Worth buying

Review of “Fast & Furious” is done.

I wonder if those cars go on… (Vin) Diesel *Smug Face*

 

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.

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