New Movies Opening
The Hangover Part III - Rated R - Starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, John Goodman, Melissa McCarthy and Heather Graham
This time, there's no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? When the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.
Fast & Furious 6 - Rated PG-13 - Starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Ludacris, Luke Evans and Gina Carano
Hobbs has Dom and Brian reassemble their crew in order to take down a mastermind who commands an organization of mercenary drivers across 12 countries. Payment? Full pardons for them all.
Epic - Rated PG - Starring the Voice Talents of Aziz Ansari, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson and Beyonce Knowles
A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group of characters in order to save their world and ours.
Movie Review - Fast & Furious 6
3 1/2 out of 4
“I feel the need, the need for speed.” That’s exactly what you’ll get and more with Fast & Furious 6 (or Furious 6 as the films actual title card suggests) the newest film in the high octane, car chasing, Vin Diesel growling series. The Fast and Furious franchise is an enigma, typically it begins to dip in quality as the sequels begin to pile on and the mere existence of a new entry becomes a big question mark. Somehow Universal and the team behind the Fast & Furious movies continue to make these films more exciting and engaging than the previous one. Fast & Furious 6 defies all odds to become the best entry the filmmakers have made yet by delivering on all promises to top what they have done before while also keeping the relationships of the characters the center of the piece. If you think the characters aren’t important take a quick glance back at the third entry, Tokyo Drift, which was void of any of the original stars and it looked like the series was headed for the impound lot. Thank God it didn’t because the first films were only a warm-up to what was to come.
Dom (Vin Diesel doing his best 80s action impersonation) and Brian (the blonde kid, Paul Walker) and the rest of their team are scattered throughout the globe and are living the high life after their heist in Rio. Dom has shacked up with Elena (Elsa Pataky), Brian is now a father of a future exhaust head with Mia (Jordana Brewster), Han (Sung Kang) and Gisele (Gal Gadot) are looking to settle down in Tokyo (more on that later), Roman (Tyrese Gibson) is spending his money about as fast as he runs his mouth and Tej (Ludacris) has got philosophy?... Life is good and for all intents and purposes they intend to keep it that way, but watching them lounge around all day wouldn’t make for a very interesting movie so in walks Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson, one of the best additions to the series) with a photograph and not just any photograph but one of Dom’s thought dead girlfriend Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). She’s now working for a former S.A.S. soldier named Owen Shaw (Luke Evans, bringing a whole new level of menace for our team) who’s one piece away from putting together a super weapon that can wipe out the power of any country for 24 hours. Leaving it completely vulnerable to attack making it worth billions to the right buyer. The deal is if Dom and his team help Hobb’s bring down Shaw they get full pardons, plus Dom gets to try and bring Letty back.
For a series that seems so shallow on the surface the theme of family continues to be the driving force behind these movies (at least in the last two anyways). I for one never thought much about this series or the characters in them, but since Fast Five that’s all changed. The actors have really settled into these roles and the relationships between them seem genuine and natural. There are some great quips and one liners spouted amongst the cast and despite how dysfunctional they are bottom line is they are a family and one I find myself rooting for, especially when they get into some pretty hairy situations.
You have to give credit to series writer Chris Morgan and director Justin Lin (who’ve worked on the last three together) for having the undeniably difficult task of coming up with new ways to wreck some of the sexiest cars you will see. It will be very hard for anyone to top what they’ve done in Furious 6 (probably one of the reasons why Lin is moving on after this one) from a high speed chase with a tank, to a runway involving a plane the size of a planet that never seems to end (seriously it has to be the longest runway in the history of film). Wait until you see what’s been dubbed the “flip car” and when you see the cars flying through the air it’s nice to know those are real and not CG. Just some good ol’ fashioned movie stunt carnage. Even the fist fights have gotten better with a stellar one in the tunnel of a train station between Letty and series newcomer Gina Carano (Haywire). The gold medal has to go to Dom and Hobbs fighting what must be the hulk’s cousin, it’s a full on testosterone fest but it’s a glorious thing to watch.
With another thrilling chapter under their belt I have to say I’m utterly thrilled to see where this franchise goes next. If you ever wondered where Tokyo Drift actually falls in terms of continuity you’ll know if you stay after the credits. I highly recommend that you do because what’s coming in Fast & Furious 7 is going to blow your mind. The screening I attended when the big reveal happened the entire audience gasped and cheered at the same time. Fast & Furious 7 is just one year away, but it can’t get here fast enough.