The Fate of the Furious: Just Fun, Ridiculous, Bulls**t

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

DIRECTED BY: F. Gary Gray

STARRING: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Scott Eastwood, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Charlize Theron

GENRE: Action

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United States

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage… and to bring home the man who made them a family.

Alright…let me take a deep breathe before I dive into this. The Fate of the Furious is exactly what you would expect from a Fast and the Furious franchise. The action is absolutely ridiculous, with plenty of moments that are over the top in that FnF style. This time though, the ensemble cast of The Fate of the Furious actually look like they are actually having fun. This was a major problem with the last few films in the franchise, as it just seems like each member of the cast was there just to earn the paycheck. But, as always, the soundtrack is just fantastic and upbeat. There is so much life in the music that it wraps of the film in a nice bow.

This needs to be a buddy-cop movie ASAP

However, The Fate of the Furious is exactly what you would expect from a gigantic, dumb, action movie. While the moments are epic and crazy on a scale that really shouldn’t be measured, most of those moments are complete bullshit. Let’s talk about the obvious one shown in the trailer, with Dwayne Johnson throwing the torpedo. Since they obviously couldn’t show the whole scene in the trailer, DJ is able to handle driving a large truck (with very little help from Tyreese) and scoop up the torpedo as it skids across the ice. He even throws it at the pursuing enemies, killing many in the process. That moment had almost our entire team yelling BULLSHIT in unison.

PROS:

  • Plenty of dumb action.
  • Entire cast chemistry.
  • Sexy cars as always.
  • Lit soundtrack.

CONS:

  • Way too many bullshit moments.
  • Storytelling.

SCORE: 6.0 / 10

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Snowden: Releasing All of the Secrets

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DIRECTED BY: Oliver Stone

STARRING: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Scott Eastwood, Logan Marshall-Green, Timothy Olyphant, Ben Schnetzer, LaKeith Lee Stanfield, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage

GENRE: Biographical Political Thriller

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United States, Germany

Disillusioned with the intelligence community, top contractor Edward Snowden leaves his job at the National Security Agency. He now knows that a virtual mountain of data is being assembled to track all forms of digital communication — not just from foreign governments and terrorist groups, but from ordinary Americans. When Snowden decides to leak this classified information, he becomes a traitor to some, a hero to others and a fugitive from the law.1600x800-snowden-film-2016-43-jpg-cb6de713

Courtesy of The Australian:

“Gradually Stone increases the suspense with a climax of a sort being reached when O’Brian, on a giant video screen, reveals personal details he knows about Lindsay. Like another CIA operative, Chris Boyce, who back in the 1970s was horrified to learn of the agency’s efforts to destabilise the Whitlam government — as recorded in the book by Robert Lindsey and the 1984 film The Falcon and the Snowman, directed by John Schlesinger — Snowden makes the agonizing decision that the public needs to be made aware of the extent to which the government is invading the privacy of the world’s citizens.

19543336_303Some Stone films, such as JFK, Nixon and Born on the Fourth of July, have been bombastic in approach; Snowden is surprisingly low key, and all the more effective for that. Gordon-Levitt’s characterisation of the geeky idealist convinces on every level, and Woodley’s role as his more progressive partner has more depth than this kind of role usually allows. The film will start debates and raise questions, but its revelations are troubling and well worth delving into.”

PROS:

  • Main cast performance.
  • Steady pacing.
  • Not too much truth stretching.
  • Fantastic score.

CONS:

  • A “safe film” for Oliver Stone.

SCORE: 9.0 / 10

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Fury: Brad Pitt is in WW2 Again!

Hello everybody! Today we have the WW2 tank epic Fury.

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DIRECTOR: David Ayer

STARRING: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, Scott Eastwood

GENRE: Military, War

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States, United Kingdom

April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

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Fury, one of the few films out this year that I actually stumbled into watching. The character development of the majority of the characters are spectacular, as it really convinced me that they were a band of brothers. The tank design was actually well done as well, which is not normal for a war film. Brad Pitt, Mark Ruffalo, and Logan Lerman all performed very well unlike their counterparts.

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Fury was an enjoyable film, but I did have a few issues with it. The film was overly lengthy, as I could cut at least 45 minutes of footage and it still could be good. The majority of the supporting cast was quite disappointing, especially with the impressive cast list. What did y’all think of Fury? Let me know in the comments below.

PROS:

  •  Half main cast performance.
  • Setting.
  • Tank design.

CONS:

  •  Supporting cast performance.
  • Logic loop holes.
  • Some lack of character development.

SCORE: 6.5 / 10

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