CAST: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Gal Gadot, Luke Evans, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gina Carano
DIRECTOR: Justin Lin
RUNING TIME: 130 Minutes
THE STORY: After their last heist in Rio where they got away with $100 million, the professional criminal group comprising of Dominic Toretto (Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Walker) and others went their separate ways and are living their respective lives, although they remain wanted fugitives. However, life doesn’t feel quite that complete living on the run and away from home.
On the other side, Agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) and his new partner Riley (Carano) are investigating a crew of highly skilled and ruthless mercenary drivers who having been wrecking havoc across different countries. Hobbs knows that there’s only one way to stop this criminal unit and that is through outmatching them in their own game – street level racing. Thus, Hobbs tracks down Dom to try and enlist the help of his gang to take down this bad ass criminal unit. In return, he will grant them full amnesty for their past criminal deeds, allowing them to finally return home – the United States.
Dom does not seem too bought over by the idea of helping Hobbs at first. But when Hobbs gives him an incentive in the form of Letty Ortiz – thought to be dead and who is last spotted hanging with the new criminal unit Hobbs is after – Dom goes all the way to find his former love and to bring her back.
Right from the start the Fast and the Furious franchise was all about the thrill and excitement of street racing and action sequences with flashy cars. The story writing was mediocre at best, with weak character development, poor acting and questionable plot holes, the main focus was on the cars and the action performances. But despite the weak plot, the audience lovingly lapped up the adrenaline pumping joy ride that was presented to them onscreen. And by sticking to this formula of keeping the action element central to the film, while tweaking and improving progressively on the other aspects like character and plot, Fast and Furious 6 stayed true to its roots while delivering something superior than its predecessors, and hence very crowd-pleasing.
In Fast and Furious 6, there’s really not much to nit-pick about. In terms of entertainment, almost every moment was gratifyingly satisfying for both the die-hard fans as well as the average viewer. As if the level of stunts in the previous film was not insane enough, the director went and up the ante by epic proportions! And by epic I mean so ridiculous that it just rocks! Think tankers, jumbo planes, flying humans and crazy combat fights in addition to all the flashy car jazz. The resulting action was just so ambitious and outrageous, even unrealistic at points, but it was just so much fun that you couldn’t care less about the reality of the stunts in reel life versus real life.
The pace of the film was exceedingly quick, keeping everyone on the edge of their seats as we transitioned from one action packed scene another. It was a nice pace as it kept the adrenaline rush going so the excitement level never died down, while still managing a smooth and clear flow of the story.
In all honesty, I only became a fan after the fifth installment, but it is in this latest sixth film that I really fell in love with the franchise and the individual characters. Kudos to director Justin Lin for injecting subtle but vital elements into the story that bridged the connection between character and audience, thus making the film that much more enjoyable and endearing. I really loved the heathy dose of humor in this installment, especially from the characters of Tyrese and Ludacris. It really added an endearing appeal to the characters while bringing a funny light-hearted feel to the story that complemented the fun of the action. Also, the way the humour was delivered really fitted the nature of the film. The touches of WWE type fights were also genius in my opinion given that the “Rock” (Dwayne Johnson) was a former wrestler, and incorporating it into the film seemed like such a big fun tease. Sometimes it felt like I was watching a wrestling show, it was priceless because these moments just come out from nowhere.
Given that Fast and Furious is meant to be action heavy, the growth in character development this time round was a nice touch as this aspect is often under-looked in such films. There is a deeper focus on the characters as compared to previous installments, but of course the action still remains the main bulk of the plot. The other main but lesser known attribute of this film is its underlying theme of Family and Loyalty. This additional layer of values makes the film that more intimate and adds depth to the otherwise shallow action oriented story, and it is what I believe draws the audiences apart from just the action junkies. As Dom said, “You don’t turn your back on family, even when they do.”
The addition of male eye candy Luke Evans was a great choice as he exuded an air of classy, suave villainy. Maybe his God-like aura had a part to play in that (Evans played Zeus in the film Immortals). On the female side, Gina Carano did not really impress me much but her fight scenes were a sight to behold, after all she was a former mixed martial artist. Michelle Rodriguez really impressed me with her moves though, the fight scene that she had with Carano was hardcore to the bone. It looked pretty realistic and both did not hold back with the punches and kicks, just pure good old solid hand-to-hand combat.
Breaking it down, Fast and Furious 6 is one big nutty ride of thrills and spills, peppered with a good dash of humour and character development, in a nutshell – a good crowd pleaser. It is no wonder that majority of the crowd went nuts for it, making it a hit in box offices internationally.
Fast and Furious sure understands that success lies in the fans, and fans love interaction and continuity. In franchises, continuity is the key because it is the link between one installment and the next. By the end of the film, viewers are reconciled with the events that happened in Tokyo Drift, and now everything connects and makes sense. This is one smart move as what was thought to be a stand alone movie at first has now become an integral part of the franchise. No doubt, new fans of Fast and Furious will be scampering to watch Tokyo Drift in order to keep up with the backstory. But the real turning point was when the franchise brought back the original characters when making Fast 4, no sequel would be as endearing as seeing your beloved familiar characters coming back to life onscreen;]
Stars of FF6 get a taste of Car Prices in Singapore (Start at 1.20 mark)
Photos from the official UK FF6 movie site, check out the site for more movie related content and cool downloads!;]
With each passing month, the date draws ever nearer to the release of the sequel to Despicable Me – the show that introduced us to the wonderful world of yellow gibberish talking minions!!! And with that comes a new trailer showcasing more fluffy minion cuteness (especially at the end part), and a clearer look at the plot of the new movie. Enjoy the trailer!;]
There’s just something about watching the unlikeliest of people sweating it out and fighting each other that hits the right bell. Helen Mirren wielding a sniper gun just looks so totally bad ass that it is reason enough for me to want to catch RED 2. Plus now that I’ve spotted a certain hot korean hunk (Lee Byung-Hun – IRIS, G.I. Joe) in the cast line-up, the incentive to catch this film just doubled!;] Apart from that, John Malkovich’s expressions and humour in the trailer is spot on and just cracks me up. Plus there’s also Catherine Zeta-Jones in it! It sure looks like it’s gonna be one hell of a fun ride!
The film is slated for an August release date, will definitely be keeping a lookout for this:)
For Zombie loving fans who are romantics at heart, Warm Bodies must look really appetizing judging by the trailer. Cute chubby boy actor (About a boy) turned super hot and sexy looking man, Nicholas Hoult – who is dating current super hot hollywood commodity Jennifer Lawrence (Hunger Games) – stars in the lead role as a zombie who starts developing feelings for a girl after consuming the brains of his latest victim. The hilarious and absurd situations of zombies combined with a romance factor could be an interesting recipe. And going by how popular zombie movies are becoming (World War Z starring Brad Pitt is coming up too), I sense a new wave coming. Maybe the vampire and werewolf era is becoming a thing of the past, and zombies are becoming the new drool worthy pinups;) Oh and did I mention? The studio behind the Twilight Saga, Summit Entertainment, is backing this film* Coincidence? Whatever it is, I’m a fan of Zombie shows so that works for me ^.^
After a zombie becomes involved with the girlfriend of one of his victims, their romance sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world. – IMDb
Here are some not as commercially (read blockbuster kind of promotional marketing) publicized movies that have caught my attention, they all look thrilling and intense!
Denzel Washington stars in this thrilling drama, need I say more? I have loved every movie of him that I’ve seen so Denzel definitely has a good track record with me!;]
“In this action-packed mystery thriller, Academy Award winner Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot who miraculously crash-lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault, and what really happened on that plane?”
This film looks like a charmer. The trailer is much more appealing than the synopsis below:)
“A habitual sperm donor in his youth, David discovers that he’s the biological father of 533 children, 142 of whom are trying to force the fertility clinic to reveal the true identity of the prolific donor code-named Starbuck.”
After the delightful experience of watching Ruby Sparks, I have grown a more positive inkling towards Paul Dano movies as I loved his performance in that film. And so seeing his name in the cast of For Ellen is what really caught my attention and got me watching the trailer. This movie is probably old news for those overseas, but For Ellen has yet to show in my country:(
“Aspiring rock star Joby Taylor (Paul Dano – THERE WILL BE BLOOD, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE) has wanted nothing more than to “make it,” having flirted with fame but never crossed over into true success. In the midst of a low period in his life, he agrees to sign divorce papers with his estranged wife (Margarita Levieva – “Revenge,” “How To Make It In America”) in order to see money from the sale of their home, only to discover that by signing the papers, he will forfeit all custody of his six-year-old daughter, Ellen (newcomer Shaylena Mandigo). With a good-natured lawyer (Jon Heder – NAPOLEON DYNAMITE) unable to make headway in reversing the decision, and a girlfriend (Jena Malone – INTO THE WILD) that represents an era of his life that he might be ready to graduate from, Joby negotiates a visit with his daughter to explore whether he is able to walk away from his child, and whether it might be too late for reconciliation.”
What drew me to this film was the poster and the cute dogs in the first few minutes of the trailer. But to my pleasant surprise, at the end of the trailer I found myself feeling warm and glad to have stumbled upon this. This film looks like an endearing story revolving around the unlikely friendship between a young 21 year old and an elderly widow. The characterization of the roles look promising too. It gives off a warm, tender vibe that make me fuzzy wuzzy and charmed inside. But there’s definitely a deeper and more sombre aspect to it as well.
BACK TO 1942
Chinese history has led to some really strong and emotional storylines in films, especially during the war periods. Those usually tend to make me self reflect on life once the credits start rolling, hence I always keep a look out for such dramas as they can get really intense. Back To 1942 looks like it could be interesting:]
“Back in 1942, Henan Province was devastated by the most tragic famine in modern Chinese history, resulting in the deaths of at least three million men, women and children. Although the primary cause of the famine was a severe drought, it was exacerbated by locusts, windstorms, earthquakes, epidemic disease and the corruption of the ruling Kuomintang government.”
THE BIG PICTURE
A 2010 French film with the original title, L’homme qui voulait vivre sa vie, The Big Picture looks very appealing in terms in story and direction. A man who has it all commits a fatal mistake during a moment of rage, and from there his old life ceases to exist as he takes up the identity of the person he has killed and tries to hide from his past. The international release date on iTunes Movie Trailers says October 12, but I have yet to see it in my local theatres. I think it came out in the UK last year already. I certainly hope the local box offices and distributers in my island did not skip on this awesome title! I last saw Romain Duris in the french hit Heartbreaker and I really enjoyed it.
(Trailer at the bottom of the post)
Following the end of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films, I started to have Tobey Maguire withdrawal symptoms. I really loved Maguire’s portrayal of Peter Parker’s geeky and awkward side. Despite having a boyish face and a small frame, Tobey is able to deliver a chilling dark amount of intensity whenever the scene called for it as seen in Brothers and Spider-Man 3; thus there was always something about his demeanor that me and my sister found bookish yet suave. I guess others must have shared our sentiments about his suave-ness because Prada unveiled Tobey Maguire as the face of their 2011 autumn/winter ad campaign last year.
[Pic source: guyswithglasses.tumblr]
Following a period of void on the silver screen, I was all psyched up to finally catch Tobey Maguire in The Great Gatsby later this year, but alas that film has been delayed all the way till May of 2013! Nonetheless, I did not panic. I told myself that there is still the chance to see him on screen this year in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. But to my horror, it was announced that Tobey’s part was deleted from the final cut of the film and his role replaced by Rafe Spall. According to a statement by Ang Lee – “to be consistent with the other casting choices made for the film, I decided to go with an entirely international cast” – I think the director wanted a consistency to his choice of casting, as he might have been afraid of Tobey’s famous name overshadowing the other cast and hence the essence of the film itself. Tough luck for Mr Spider-Man this 2012!
However to my delight, I recently came across the trailer for Tobey’s new film The Details. It is rated as a comedy but the trailer shows that the film is more than that with a rather dark and grim tone infused in the storyline. Infidelity, murder and tension looks like the underlying theme so those who love dark twisted stories might want to take note of this movie. The vibe from the trailer tells me to expect something unorthodox and quirky so I am certainly curiously piqued by this film. The casting looks pretty decent comprising the likes of Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games), Laura Linney, Kerry Washington and Ray Liotta; thus the acting shouldn’t be a worry. All in all, this definitely looks like one intriguing film choice!
(But honestly, the first scene of the trailer with the falling piano was really what sold it for me haha.)
A new international trailer for the Ang Lee film adaptation of Life Of Pi has been released. It is just as enchanting and beautiful as the original trailer, with a little more insight into the story before the shipwreck.
I just have to reiterate what I’ve said in previous posts about how enchanting this film looks! I simply cannot wait to catch this movie and I sure hope it is as breath-taking as it looks.
At the recent 2012 VMA show on Thursday, an exclusive trailer of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 was screened. It features a more detailed look of Bella as a vampire and audiences get to see more of Bella’s new found powers when she tackles a mountain cat! There is also a closer look into the new family of three (Bella, Edward and Renesmee) and the plot of the film is more clearly revealed in the trailer. Here we get to see fuller visuals of the epic war that is to come and the thrills and excitement of some fight scenes, including a few seconds of Bella and Edward fighting together:) All in all it looks like the finale of the Twilight films has got some SIZZLING good stuff lying in wait for us come November!!
I have not read the books but I have heard that the film’s script does not follow the book’s script down to a tee, so I’m pretty curious to see what the book fans’ reaction towards the finale of the film series will be.
(Photo source: The Twilight Saga FB – Cover Photos)
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is set for a November 14 release. In Singapore the film will hit theatres a little later on the 22nd:]
[For a much crispier, clearer view check out the video at the VMA SITE.]
*Update (23rd Sep 2012): See the full length trailer 2 video in my new post.
Two dance flicks are hitting cinemas in the coming months: Battlefield America in June and Step Up Revolution in July. Battlefield America is about kids battling it out in an underground dance competition while Step Up Revolution involves a group of people who take large scale dance mobs to a whole new level by turning their performance art into protest art, in order to save their neighbourhood.
Judging by the trailers, Battlefield America‘s storyline seems kind of cheap and cliche, the only draw of the film for me would be the parts where the kids are performing their dances. As for Step Up Revolution, the storyline looks engaging and interesting enough. But what blows my mind are the large scale dance mobs and the combination of protest action into their dance performance, the short glimpses of the performance routines look pretty damn sleek! Choosing between the two…. I might give Battlefield America a miss but I’m certainly counting down the days to Step Up Revolution. Plus the character Moose from the prequels will be back, and c’mon, who doesn’t LOVE Moose, he’s just a dancing heaven:]
Here are the trailers:
Step Up Revolution