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 »

Annapolis

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Nov 192006
 

Annapolis.jpgSet against the backdrop of boxing at the Naval Academy, centers on a young man from the wrong side of the tracks whose dream of attending Annapolis becomes a reality.

Directed by
Justin Lin

Genres
Drama, Sport

Cast
James Franco, Jake Huard, Donnie Wahlberg, Jordana Brewster, McCaleb Burnett, Chi McBride, Wilmer Calderon, Jimmy Yi Fu Li, Macka Foley, Jim Parrack

We watched this movie on DVD last Saturday night. From what littler I know about the Naval Academy, it was VERY unrealistic, and had none of the scenes in the trailer.

Jake Huard (James Franco) is a young man from a poor family who wins admission to the Annapolis Naval Academy, but finds it tougher than he thought when he finds himself facing a superior officer (Tyrese Gibson) in the Navy boxing competition.

The story is very similar to An Officer and a Gentlemen and there really isn’t much of a difference between those two films. Still, Annapolis could have been an entertaining popcorn flick. Unfortunately, its dull and very generic. Almost every scene plays like a scene from a better movie. There is no creativity to be found here at all. It’s an empty movie and it has very little to offer. The premise may have seemed like a good idea on paper but it sure didn’t turn out that way. It’s no surprise that it was released in January.

The acting is not very good and it brings the film down quite a bit. James Franco is an okay actor but I don’t think he’s good enough to be a leading man. He just doesn’t have what it takes and this film proves it. Jordana Brewster gives an awful performance as Ali. She’s very pretty but she can’t act at all. Tyrese Gibson can be a good actor when he wants to be, like in Four Brothers. Here, he gives a bland, unconvincing performance and he seemed to be reading from the cue cards the entire time. The rest of the cast isn’t very good but it’s these three that should have carried the film.

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