Fast and Furious 6 – A Movie Review

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Jun 012013

Click to view the trailerSince Dom (Diesel) and Brian’s (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin’s empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete. Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again.

In Theaters:   May 24, 2013;  MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action and mayhem throughout, some sexuality and language); Genres: Action/Adventure, Sequel; Run Time: 2 hours 10 minutes; Distributors: Universal Pictures

Director: Justin Lin

Writers: Chris Morgan (screenplay), Gary Scott Thompson (characters)

Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson

Oh boy. This is not a movie I would have gone to see, but we had the nephews over spending the night, and it’s what they wanted to see, so off we went.

I can’t believe the reviews it got, and not just from views, but from critics as well. Many claiming it’s the best movie of series. I was no fan of the others, so that would be a low bar for me, but this movie just didn’t make much sense from start to finish. The acting was bad and the dialogue stilted. I realize it is just an action movie designed for fun, but Star Wars was more believable. There were unbelievable scenes throughout such as: A thin, metal cable that can immediately stop a semi going at 70 MPH, and doesn’t tear out of the wall/cut the semi in half; A tank that drives at 70 MPH on a highway; Said tank, that after crushing dozens of civilian cars, for some reason doesn’t crush the car of one of the protagonists; A character that can jump across bridges, catch another character, land on a car, and be fine; People who get hit by cars multiple times and get up. Continue reading »

Get Smart – A Movie Review

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Jul 082008

Get SmartMaxwell Smart is on a mission to thwart the latest plot for world domination by the evil crime syndicate known as KAOS. When the headquarters of U.S. spy agency Control is attacked and the identities of its agents compromised, the Chief has no choice but to promote his ever-eager analyst Maxwell Smart, who has always dreamt of working in the field alongside stalwart superstar Agent 23. Smart is partnered instead with the only other agent whose identity has not been compromised: the lovely-but-lethal veteran Agent 99. As Smart and 99 get closer to unraveling KAOS’ master plan–and each other–they discover that key KAOS operative Siegfried and his sidekick Shtarker are scheming to cash in with their network of terror. Given little field experience and even less time, Smart–armed with nothing but a few spy-tech gadgets and his unbridled enthusiasm–must defeat KAOS if he is to save the day.

Genres: Comedy, Thriller and Adaptation; Running Time: 1 hr. 50 min.; Release Date: June 20th, 2008 (wide); MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some rude humor, action violence and language.

Director: Peter Segal

Cast: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin, Terrence Stamp

I used to watch the old series and Don Adams is a unique comic actor. Steve Carrell’s portrayal of Maxwell Smart was very good. There’s enough of the old stuff to keep you reminiscing and even a fun little cameo from one of the surviving members of the original cast. Even more so than earlier film attempts, they made this for the big screen with action that would’ve never been possible on the old series. For those who may not remember the original series, this is a great primer to go and catch up with it if you can.

I think the main disappointment for me was a lack of chaos (pun intended). In the series, Smart seemed to just leave a constant stream of chaos in his wake. There was less of that here. All the larger and expected gags were there, but it just lacked a lot of the little gags that were so much a part of the series. But overall it’s a good watch.

Long Live C.O.N.T.R.O.L.!

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