I have no idea how in its eighth installment The Fast and the Furious franchise has reached the box office clout of Star Wars. While it’s nowhere near as possible as THE SAGA in the US; globally, it seems there is a worldwide love of fast cars, pretty people, explosions, and increasingly humongous set pieces. The Fate of the Furious opened with the largest international opening in history, passing even Star Wars Episode VII to set the new record. The opening is bigger than Furious 7, but is F8 an improvement on the first movie in the series to be a legitimately great action movie? No. In no way is it a descent of epic proportions, but it feels a lot like the fifth and sixth installments: islands of cool moments, enjoyable enough, but bloated beyond justification and beginning to get mired down in its own mythology. Continue reading Movie Review: The Fate of the Furious (2017) “CARMAGEDDON!!!”
I came late to the Fast franchise….well, late and early. I have related the tale before that, following the premiere of the first film in the series, I sat in my 1994 Saturn in a theater parking lot full of sensible family sedans borrowed from parents and watched said sedans go nuts. Peeling around corners, fishtailing wildly while their owners tried to locate the NOS button, it took a solid 30 minutes for the automobile carnage to subside to the point where I could putter home. I skipped the next five. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Furious 7 (2015) “Abu Dhabi Auto Acrobatics”
The thing about the Fast movies is that, starting with Fast Five (which is also when the series became a lot of fun), with each subsequent installment, they have to find a way to top the ridiculous thing they did the previous time out. Flicking a switch to use up a NOS can isn’t cutting it anymore. I was under the impression that the insanity of Fast 7 could not be topped. Then the first trailer had a wrecking ball, a tank, and a submarine. NONE OF THAT TOUCHES THE INSANITY IN THE SECOND TRAILER!!! There is a point during this short film of vehicular mayhem, where I was screaming at my computer that it had won, and I will submit and just go see if there’s anything left they haven’t already bombarded us with with in two trailers. The title is still stupid though. Read below for plot details (ARE YOU GOING FOR PLOT???).
Continue reading Trailer Time: The Fate of the Furious Trailer #2 *THE CARS ARE FLYING!!!*
After managing to pull a miracle out of the tragedy of Paul Walker’s death and turn in a seventh Fast & the Furious that rocketed to $1.5 billion globally, which makes it still the sixth highest grossing film of all-time, I think the series should ended on that triumphant note. However, this is the age of the franchise, so it was immediately renewed for three more installments (at least) with potential spin-offs for series regulars. Fast 8 certainly landed a great young director in F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) and added Oscar winners Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren (really?) to their giant ensemble. Then they went and put a title on this thing that Telemundo would have rejected as overly melodramatic. The Fate of the Furious? Sigh. Check out the first look at the film, and plot details below from Coming Soon. I’m certainly intrigued by this trailer and stoked that Kurt Russell and Jason Statham will be back. What I will keep calling Fast 8 opens next April. Continue reading Trailer Time: The Fate of the Furious Trailer #1 *Say it Ain’t So, Dom!*
Furious 7, to me, remains to most stunning hit of the year. This movie is only Titanic and Avatar in terms of global box office. That is astounding. The seventh entry in a series is the third highest grossing film of all-time. What’s more, it’s REALLY good and all of this was done in the shadow of the tragedy of Paul Walker’s death, which the film handled in a classy and laudable manner. I absolutely have to see how some of the stunts in the film were done so this is a day one purchase for me. BluRay.com has your full rundown on what goodies Universal has in store for your home theater when Furious 7 roars in on September 15, 2015. Continue reading Furious 7 Blu Ray & DVD Date and Details (Extended Version)