Month: April 2015

2015 highest grossing movie predictions

So I actually had the idea for this post a while ago but never got around to posting it and it needed some editing in retrospect with Fast and Furious 7s box office success. But anyway for the rest of the year these are what will be the highest grossing films and in specific order.

My top 10

1. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

2. Avengers Age Of Ultron

3. Spectre

4.  Fast and Furious 7

4. Jurassic World

5. The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2

7. Mission Impossible V

8. Ant-Man

9. Terminator Genisys

10. The Man From U.N.C.L.E 

Not surprising me or any of you I guess, Star Wars tops my list, it’s the biggest franchise on that list for sure and a new film in the series in 10 years has fans in a frenzy already, 8 months before release. The recent 2nd trailer stirred up fans emotions and its’ huge Youtube view count just goes to show part of the enthusiasm for it, a franchise with its’ own celebration event is something pretty big. Age Of Ultron is obviously going to be huge as well, with well established fan favourite characters and some cool new ones, plus a cool new villain in Ultron, I also think it’ll outgross The Avengers.

Third on my list is the upcoming Bond film, Spectre with a minimalist title and approach, great cast and following on from Skyfalls’ huge success, this film being successful is to be expected, though whether it will gross up to a $1 billion is up in the air, though if Fast 7 could in just 17 days, I think Spectre has a good chance.

Fast 7 was a surprise entrant to the billion dollar club and it’s incredible to think it’s already set as one of the highest grossing films of the year, just 4 months in, immediately following it will be Jurassic World I think, it may not reach the heights of Star Wars, The Avengers or even Fast 7 but it’s definitely gonna be big. Simply because the Jurassic franchise is mostly loved and it’s a long awaited sequel. I think 5-10 will be in that order more or less, though Tomorrowland and Mad Max Fury Road are also good shouts, I don’t see either flopping and they’ll probably be fairly successful.

I put MockingJay Part 2 and Ant Man in bold because I think they may be surprise contenders, The Hunger Games is huge and each new film seems to gross more than the last, so it may end up doing better than expected, also Marvel always tends to hit the mark with their films and Ant Man may do better than most people expect it to. Anyway those are my thoughts and we’ll see how the rest of the year pans out, very exciting and cool year for film at that.

Jared Leto as The Joker revealed… no one panic

So David Ayer released a character portrait of Jared Leto as the Joker and oh… well, he looks interesting, predictably there is some backlash online but let’s not panic everyone, Leto is a fantastic actor and of course the film is still being made/no one has seen it yet so there’s not much to judge at this point other than the books cover.

But yeah let’s talk about that appearance for a bit, Ayer seems to be going for a Joker look specifically from the comics with the Joker having a more lean appearance and the iconic shorter green hair, there’s also that image out there with Leto as the Joker holding a camera sideways, referencing the comic issue ‘The Killing Joke’. Seeing that image initially took me by surprise a bit, seeing this new Jokers’ new look and shorter hair, though Leto could easily pull of the longer hair as he has in real life for several years.

Now onto this Joker, it’s maybe a bit too on the nose with the “haha” tattoos and him having damaged tattooed across his forehead but meh, I get the vibe Ayer is going for with a quite clearly insane, menacing looking Joker. The look is quite refreshing actually I think, making the Joker look physically imposing for a change is interesting, we all know the character is insane but seeing a more physical Joker brings a new element to the character, no we don’t nee to see tattoos on the Joker saying “I’m crazy” or “haha” but it is a part of this portrayals aesthetic.

We’ll be getting a pretty deranged Joker (maybe a bit more deranged than the Jokers’ we’ve seen on the big screen) and that’s interesting enough, I’m more interested in Letos’ actual performance in the role than his look and I’d love to see Leto balance playing a maniac with some subtlety ,as odd as that sounds. Leto is great at playing elaborate roles and I think he’ll fit in just fine as the Joker, with the range to do an over the top super villain but also tone it down a few notches and be psychologically intimidating. Yes the look is clearly controversial but yeah, a characters’ look is only half of the story, we need to see some acting too.

And also am I defending this Joker portrayal because I’m a big Leto fan… absolutely yes, also I’d love to see Margot Robbie as Harlie Quinn next.

Fast and Furious 7 review

Dom Toretto and Crew are back in an emotional send off to Paul Walker and in an action packed multiple story romp, Fast 7 for the most part is a great film and delivers emotional and adrenaline filled highs, the action in the film is some of the best action in the franchise. The char chases are great and it’s a thrilling ride from start to finish.

The film kicks off setting up the context for the film, a few months presumably after the events of Fast 6 after Doms’ crew took out Owen Shaw, his big brother Deckard Shaw is out for revenge, Jason Statham slides straight into the role with straight delivery and his no nonsense attitude, I found a few of his line quite funny actually. And we see what he’s capable right at the start as he brawls with Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), using a grenade to gain the upper hand and putting him out of action, what follows, Shaw then attacks Doms’ family house and begins his hunt for them.

This as a basic plot is interesting enough but the story does veer in a different direction (pun intended) with Dom being approached by Kurt Russels’ character to enlist his team to find a certain hacker (Nathalie Emmanuel) who knows the whereabouts of a very valuable, hi-tech machine called the Gods Eye. Which can find anyone, anywhere on the planet, you need to suspend your disbelief here but hey, it is a Fast and Furious film and probably not the most ridiculous thing in the film.

And onto the action, Fast 7 does that well with some excellent fight scenes, especially involving Paul Walker, Statham and Vin Diesel of course, Statham is more than an adequate foe but maybe too adequate, to the point where he feels invulnerable, practically falling into horror villain territory. He seems to turn up everywhere, kill a bunch of people and can’t seem to be killed, but that being said he does make a good villain, Dom and co again fit into their roles well with the back and forth between Taj and Roman again being good comic relief. Letty and Doms’ relationship is explored a bit more in the film but not in great depth, with Letty still regaining her memory from her accident in Fast Five, once again the ensemble cast adds to the viewing experience as you feel like you’re along for a mission with the crew, getting to see how they react to danger/changing situations around them.

The cast interaction is strong as ever and Nathalie Emmanuel as Ramsey makes a good addition though her character isn’t explored that much. The set pieces in the film are great though borderline ridiculous how do you top the worlds’ longest runway, stealing a bank vault and destroying a tank with supercars… jump supercars out of planes and skyscrapers of course. And all for the better I say, they make the film more memorable and it’s great to watch, the story however… it wasn’t all that compelling, not because it was confusing but I just didn’t find it as good as Fast Fives’ or the first two films’. And also I felt the film dragged on, something I’ve never really felt about a Fast and Furious film before, around 10 minutes to the end I was wondering when things would wrap up, although the majority of the film was very entertaining and engaging.

Fast 7 is a great film, it’s not exactly the pinnacle of the franchise for me but it’s an entertaining thrill ride nonetheless, Paul Walker gets a very nice send off, the action is great as is the acting and the film serves as a great example of how to change up and transition a franchise from one thing to another. It’ll easily go down as one of the most memorable films in the franchise and an interesting thing to ponder is where the films can go from here.

8/10

. Great larger than life set pieces, with some brilliant action scenes

. Great seeing old favourite characters play off each other, plus Statham makes a good villain

. Story wasn’t that interesting

New Jurassic World trailer reaction

New Trailers… new trailers everywhere but hey I’m not complaining, so new trailers for some of the biggest films of the year have been dropping for the past week or so and now we have a new Jurassic World trailer.

Straight off the bat we see Chris Pratt working closely with and training the Velociraptors, which still looks cool, an interesting plot point in the Jurassic series as a whole – actively working with dinosaurs to a reach a certain goal rather than running away from them, making a new dynamic in the series.

We see shots we’re already seen from previous trailers including the water faring Brachiosaurus and shots of Jurassic Park crowd goers as we hear Owen Gradys’ (Chris Pratts’) cynicism at the overall idea of making a hybrid dinosaur, they’re “wow enough” just being dinosaurs – and he’s right. Then we get a bit more of an explanation on the creation of the D-Rex, it was made to make more of a wow factor for the park, though we learn the D-Rex had a sibling… which she ate, more discussion of the hybrid goes on, describing its’ design. We already know it’ big and that it escapes its’ enclosure, prompting the main plot of the film, the D-Rex is also smart… she removes the tracking device from her own flesh, recognizing it was a foreign object (probably), so we have a deadly hybrid dinosaur bigger, faster and smarter than a T-Rex.

And speaking of the so called highly intelligent ID-Rex, she also kills other dinosaurs for a sport as Pratts’ character explains, not eating her kills but seemingly wanting to kill and eat people, the premise in itself is great for a Jurassic Park film because it flips the script, with the humans hunting a dinosaur for a change. Pratt devises a plan to ride out with Velociraptors and a tactical team to take out the D-Rex but it doesn’t seem to quite go to plan.

We also see the ID-Rex in full near the end, looking menacing as ever, with a pretty cool design I have to say, it kinda looks like a T-Rex but also distinctly different and also the scene in theBbio-dome with the Pteranodons/Pterodactyls is an interesting one. The Dinosaurs seem to be communicating with each other somehow, the ID-Rex with the flying Dinos at least, cross Dino-communication is a thing now I suppose and the helicopter crashing into the dome is also the reason how the flying Dinos escape and cause some havoc in the Park.

Something also seems to go wrong with the Velociraptors training as one of them attacks one of the tactical team, the trailer leaves us with some interesting talking points about the film and possibly one of the best dinosaurs in Jurassic Park to date with the ID-Rex, being highly intelligent and potentially orchestrating other dinosaurs to attack people… At least that’s how I read the trailer, you really do wonder how exactly they’ll take the ID-Rex out, if they manage to (presumably with other Dinosaurs, T-Rex..) but we still haven’t seen the T-Rex at all so the film may be playing that card close to it’s chest.

The ID-Rex communicating with other Dinosaurs may have been an interesting twist to spring on us all during the film rather than the trailer but it gives us something cool to talk about and further pushes the idea of the D-Rex being intelligent, which is cool but so far the film looks great and I can’t wait to see it.

5 reasons why The Force Awakens will be great

So I’m sticking to my guns here and going ahead with thinking that Star Wars Episode 7 will probably be a great movie and a great Star Wars movie at that, made by a Star Wars fan and fantastic sci-fi director JJ Abrams. I’d say the franchise is in good hands and after two fantastic trailers and a tonne of hype, the world is ready for a new Star Wars film.

Here are my reasons:

. New (potential favourites) characters

Star Wars is great at introducing great, beloved characters, yes even in the prequels we have Qui-Gonn, Obi Wann, Jar Jar, and so on, it’s a franchise that has ample opportunity and chance for noble, quirky or downright evil characters from a variety of species. The new filmmakers for Star Wars must be more than happy to be inheriting such a rich, vast universe to create from and I’m sure we’ll get some future fan favourite characters, just from Episode 7, already calling Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) as one.

. Returning favourites

The prequels are set before the original films chronologically so that meant no returning favourites which was a shame, but not anymore as the new trilogy is a continuation of the story after Return Of The Jedi, meaning new characters and classic old favourites, Luke, Leia, Han Solo, C3PO, R2D2, Chewbacca. Seeing the original trilogies’ characters interact with their new world and new characters is something any long time Star Wars fan should look forward to and it should be great to watch, seeing the characters and how they are now and what’s changed with them.

. Better technology

It’s 2015, the last Star Wars film came out almost 10 years ago now and Revenge Of The Sith looked visually fantastic, so imagine how good The Force Awakens will in full HD and in an IMAX theatre… yeah. CG tech has come leaps and bounds in the past few years and even from the trailer, things are looking great already, seeing the Milennium Falcon, Tie fighters, new locales/planets in glorious 2015 high visual specs should be something.

. (Potentially) more Sith and Jedi

This one is a bit of hunch but the film’s called the Force awakens.. we see a Sith in the trailer, Luke is in it, so yeah I’m guessing we’ll be seeing some new introductions to both sides which is awesome, we are yet to see any all out wars between Jedi and Sith in a Star Wars movie and the prospect of that is awesome. If one theory I’ve heard about does end up happening, with force sensitive characters in the film waking up to the force in a sense, that allows potential for adding of various Jedi and Sith.

The prequels were chock full of Jedi but it was mainly a Jedi/Republic vs separatist/Trade federation fight, with Count Dooku, Darth Maul, the emperor and eventually Anakin being the only Sith. For The Force Awakened so far we have at least 4 force sensitive people in Luke, being a Jedi, Leia, Kylo Ren as a Sith and the force sensitive person that Luke is talking to in the 2nd trailer.

. JJ Abrams is directing

This one is a bit of a no brainer in my opinion, Abrams directs great visionary sci-fi films and he knows how to make a good cohesive film, the prequels can be openly criticised for being bloated and for their clunky dialogue but Abrams should bring a modern, concise touch to Star Wars. With great action, brilliant visuals – a staple for JJ Abrams and importantly some better dialogue, Star Wars is a space drama but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve quality scripts, you can already see some Abrams-isms in some shots in the trailers, the fast zoom when following ships in flight and some lens flare.

Nod bad things per se, I think the franchise is going in a great direction.

Batman Vs Superman teaser trailer reaction

Oh man.. it’s here, the big daddy of upcoming superhero film trailers, Batman Vs Superman, it leaked online before its’ intended date but it’s now online in full HD and it looks great, we start off with a voiceover discussing (Superman) superpowered people and their role in society, while we see brief shots of Superman. With Superman looking quite iconic and saviour like, that is, he’s standing among a crowd of people with painted faces, then he’s holding up what looks like a rocket or piece of a spaceship in one, he’s standing in a hall with soldiers in another and floating in front of the sun in the last shot of him.

The main shot is presumably Metropolis with part of its’ skyline, focusing on a statue in the foreground as the shot pans in closer, revealing it’s a graffitied statue of Superman with “false god” written on it, hinting at the general tone of the film, the public is not a fan of Superman.

Another narrator comes in, talking about rage and anger, as we see Affleck/Bruce Wayne, looking at the Batsuit, then the Batwing/jet… then the Batmobile and finally Bruce in the Batman costume, looking very power armour-y, with his glowing white eyes as he stares up at Superman. Batman has an almost robotic voice, which makes me think the suit may actually be powered/mechanical in a way, though that’s just my speculation, finally Superman jumps down to the ground to seemingly confront Batman.

While we don’t see that much in the trailer, the tone is quite telling, it looks dark.. really dark, Batman does not look like playing around and seems to be gunning for Superman, as does the public, it’s interesting that the film may explore the fallout of Man Of Steel and the destruction of Metropolis as a way of humanity questioning superpowered beings existing. And yeah it sets up an interesting premise, which may also explain Batman wanting to square off against Superman/bring him to justice, as I imagine that may be his intention.

If this is slightly more of a Batman than a Superman movie then it may approach the Batman – Superman dynamic from Batmans’ point of view primarily, at least the trailer seems to paint it that way, with Superman being viewed as the ‘antagonist’, the alien character that is the hot topic of debate, forcing Batman into action. The angle the film seems to be going at with the public questioning superpowered beings is an interesting one, touched quite a bit in Justice League cartoons and the comics but not on film as much.

Also seeing Batman in the Batsuit was great and and it’s good we see both titular characters facing off, the tone of the film is quite adversarial so far and you have to wonder how the other Justice League characters will fit into it but as far as teasers go, that’s a great appetizer for things to come.

An interesting point to finish on is with the narrator near the end of the trailer talking about rage and anger corrupting men as we see Affleck/Bruce, looking at the Batsuit, surely Batman can’t be bad. But maybe this Batman is just a lot more rugged and doesn’t mess aroud, he may hurt people and definitely wants to hurt Superman. Interesting take on Batman the big screen for sure, a veteran, angry and very skilled Bruce out for justice.

Star Wars Force Awakened teaser trailer 2 reaction

So if you didn’t know, it’s Star Wars celebration weekend in, a 3 day event going in California this week and a Star Wars panel just wrapped up a few minutes ago, which included JJ Abrams and appearances from some new faces and original trilogies cast, which was awesome.

A new teaser trailer also dropped and well there are definitely new things to talk about, it starts off with a crashed star destroyer on the desert planet (possibly Jackoo, a new planet as JJ Abrams has stated) and we hear a voiceover from someone force sensitive talking the force in his family. He says this as he picks up a rusty, old Darth Vader helmet no less, this person is a Skywalker (is it Luke talking? Possibly, but also entertain the thought that it’s Han and Leias’ son talking… or Lukes’ kid talking, we’re getting a bit expanded universe here but you never know).

A person hands over a lightsaber to another character as the voice finishes talking (Daisy maybe?) as the voice says that they also have it (the force).

And actually on Vaders’ helmet, my assumption aside, we don’t know who’s picking it up, though it seems to be implied to be the narrator is as he mentions his father in relation to the force, it could be as straightforward as Luke talking but it could also be a interesting misdirect, Kylo Ren holding the helmet?

The cloaked character talking also has a robot hand as we can see when he touches R2D2, like Luke does, so that could be a hint.

We see Daisy and Finn together with BB8, running away from trouble, seen as explosions and probably the empire in the background, confirming they meet probably near the start of the film and travel together.

We see Kylo Ren in action and using that cross-hilt lightsaber and we also see his face, a full image of his face on a poster is also online now. He does look a bit stormtrooper-y but it’s an original look for a sith. And speaking of stormtroopers, we see even more of them in the teaser, as well as a new look, chrome stormtrooper, I wonder who character that could be….

Han and Chewie are finally shown as well with Hans saying they’re “home” which is great, fitting back into their roles like a year hasn’t even passed, we haven’t seen Luke or Leia yet though but so far so good. And interestingly some fan theories online turned out to be true, about a crashed star destroyer in the desert for one and Daisy coming across it.

The trailer is impressive though, Star Wars is going in a solid direction under JJ and the teaser’s given fans enough to be excited about without showing too much, I like that JJ isn’t relying too much on old locations, weapons etc but is introducing a lot of new things, which is great for the franchise. In terms of characters, the aesthetic of said characters, planets and vehicles as well. Though it is another teaser so of course there are things to think about.

. Who is the (Jedi) force sensitive person talking in the trailer?

. Who is that chrome stormtrooper?

. Is that a new empire insignia behind the stormtroopers?

. Why is a tie fighter attacking the empire/stormtroopers? (Is it being piloted by a good character?)

. Who is the voice in the teaser talking to? That person presumably being the new Jedi of the story

. Who exactly is Kylo Ren?

Ant Man trailer reaction

So Marvel dropped their full Ant Man trailer today and it’s looking great and as I expected, it’s not going to be overly gritty or dreary and there will be humour in it of course (Paul Rudd’s in the lead role, it had to be) and well it is a Marvel film, Marvel doesn’t do full gritty. And yeah the Daredevil series is pretty gritty but also has its’ comic relief.

We see a few new things in this trailer including quite a bit of Scott Lang shrinking and growing in the Ant Man suit and fighting in it as well, which all looks pretty cool and isn’t as cheesy as people probably thought it would be. Coming to the end of the trailer I really buy Ant Man as a hero of decent calibre, especially seeing him fighting his arch-nemesis who debuts in this trailer, (Corey Stoll) Yellowjacket, Marvel unveiled the villain of the film in the trailer and we see him in action, going for Scott Lang aka the new Ant Man. Yellowjacket looks pretty menacing and the design of the character’s quite good, same goes for Ant mans’ suit and we also see them fighting at different sizes which is a cool, unique feature of the technology Ant Man and Yellowjacket use, e.g. Ant Man shrinking mid-fight to fight him and so on.  The fight scenes that we’ve seen so far are actually pretty good, for a movie that you may not have expected to necessarily be intense or to have action scenes as good as say a Captain America or Thor movie, Ant Man is shaping up quite well.

Another important aspect of the Ant Man persona is him interacting with insects, namely ants, which we see a bit of in the trailer as well surprisingly and it doesn’t look bad per se, although people may think it’s a bit cheesy, working with ants is part of Ant Man as a character and I think it looks kinda cool.

We also see a bit more of Hope Van Dyne in the film played by Evangeline Lilly (possibly Wasp in a future Marvel film), coaching Scott in fighting and training him up into the role and we have a proper backstory for Scott in general now. Being a former wayward thief who gets chosen, mentored and coached to be the Ant Man by Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) for the greater good, while Corey Stoll opposes him using Pyms’ technology and wants to stop him.

All in all it’s a pretty impressive trailer and looks to be another solid entry in the MCU, I’m impressed by what I’ve seen so far and I think Paul Rudd is pretty well cast for the role, Hank Pym/the traditional Ant Man is usually portrayed as a bit of a goof and not exactly a serious fighter so with Rudd, it works.

Black Sails – the pirate show you've always wanted

Black Sails is the show that serves as a prequel to the Louis Stevenson novel ‘Treasure Island’, looking at the exploits and lives of Captain Flints crew before he came across the island. Season 2 came to a dramatic and entertaining conclusion just a couple of days ago and the 2nd season was quality throughout, an improvement on the already solid season 1, it’s a show I’ve mentioned in passing but never really talked about in detail, so I thought I’d give it a shout.

If you’ve watched the Pirates Of The Carribean films and bemoaned them for lack of realism and grit, blood, genuinely menacing pirates (as good as the Pirates films generally are) then Black Sails is for you, an ensemble, slow burner of a drama with a lot of high stakes. Combating pirate crews, in search of… you guessed it – gold, gritty sword fights that you always expect someone to die in and a lot of people do die in the show, it’s almost like a Game Of Thrones pirate edition if you remove all of the fantasy elements.

It’s also like Game Of Thrones for its’ copious amounts of violence and gore and of course sex, a fair amount of sex but it never detracts from the overall story, the grittyness of the show just adds to the realism of what it really was like to be a pirate in real life. A way of life with often little success, a lot of death, crime and low prospects, something the show doesn’t hold back on, though the characters in the show still constantly push for success, wealth and power, as pirates do.

The show is great with some solid acting from relatively unknown but very talented actors nonetheless, watching the first season I was surprised at good the acting was to be honest, for a show on Starz, the plot also pleasantly surprised me. Black Sails excels at being a great character drama, not being interesting just because of pirate raids, the ship on ship duels out at sea and so on but the drama is generally compelling, the different crews duking it out for treasure or just because they’re generally douchey pirates is always entertaining. And again for a show with such a big cast, each new introduction in both seasons so far has been a good one and as for the cast in general, Toby Stephens as Captain Flint, Luke Arnold as John Silver, Zach McGown as Charles Vane and Hannah New as Eleanor Guthrie are all excellent and are the standouts of the show.

And of course the supporting/side characters on the show are still great, I generally can’t remember seeing a bad performance from just about any actor in the show, the acting is that solid, as is the writing for the show. With scenes with a lot of dialogue in the show, always relevant to the plot and never being throwaway, they can drag on at times but the writing in general on the show is great, with a hefty amount of swearing and good, sometimes unexpected comic relief as well. So with all that being said, if a gritty, character drama is your type of thing and you love period shows, seriously Black Sails is for you, it takes a little while to get into fully but once you’re into it, you’ll probably like it.

Ranking the Fast and Furious franchise

Fast 7 was just released worldwide, the latest installment in the hugely popular iconic street race turned heist films and to commemorate its’ launch I wanted to rank the series so far (minus Fast 7 of course). Ranked in order of best to worst in my opinion, though I don’t think any of the Fast and Furious films are outright bad, apart from Tokyo Drift. (Now with Furious 7 in the list)

The Fast and Furious

I think the original Fast film gets a bit overlooked, it’s an obvious choice for one of the better films as it’s the film that started it all but that aside, it’s just a really well made and thrilling film, the raw excitement of street racing in a big budget film was something not done well until this franchise after all. The story was great as are the characters and there’s a nice balance there with comedic elements thrown in, the film is so early 2000s but not in a bad way, easily re-watchable.

Fast Five

Fast Five, from the impression I get is seen as the best Fast film to date (until everyone sees Fast 7 anyway) and I would mostly agree, not the best of the franchise in my opinion but a great film nonetheless. The series started to transition after Fast And Furious (2009) into more than street racing and Fast Five really fired on all pistons (pun totally intended) but was just so much fun to watch, the premise was great and the ensemble cast really added to the film.

Seeing Torettos’ family take on bigger, bolder tasks was exciting and seeing how they took on the police and Dwayne Johnson (who is a big enough threat on his own) was pretty cool, plus those great fight scenes, one of the most memorable films from the franchise.

Furious Seven 

The biggest success of the whole franchise, Furious Seven is a great emotional thrill ride and a nice send off for Paul Walker, re-grouping Torettos’ family for one last ride, though there will be more Fast films, Furious Seven has some creative, big set pieces and fully establishes the Fast films as action thrillers with fast cars in them. It’s enjoyable and a good watch, though it does feel like it drags on a bit towards the end and has some predictable moments, it’s still one of the stronger Fast films.

Fast And Furious 6 

Fast 6 represents the franchise taking strides in a different direction, firmly as an action/heist thrillers and the film worked on quite a few levels in delivering that, the action was great, the set pieces were elaborate and over the top in typical Fast and Furious style. Including the hilarious worlds’ longest runway scene at the end of the film but it was rather enjoyable on the whole, with Dwayne Johnson on their side now and exploring more cities in the world, London this time, it gave the film a different feel to it.

Fast 6 was quite an emotional film, with the death of Han, re-introducing Letty and having Owen Shaw and Dom go at it so fiercely, it’s memorable for those moments alone, if not for the tank scene or the runway scene, good film.

2 Fast 2 Furious 

2 Fast was a great film in the franchise and had some great scenes and in terms of just street racing it’s probably the best Fast and Furious film for that, it has that old school Fast and Furious feel to it and some great action and race scenes.

Fast and Furious 

Now this film wasn’t bad in any sense but it just wasn’t as memorable as some of the others, the premise was actually good and throwing Dom and Brian O’Connor into more danger, working with law enforcement and against the criminal underbelly of society was interesting. Fast and Furious had some pretty good action set pieces and some good car chase scenes as well.

Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift

Ah Tokyo Drift, the Jerry (Parks and Rec fans, whats up) of the Fast and Furious films, while I love Japan, Tokyo and Japanese culture, it was a bit of a misstep and it’s not controversial to say that, the whole drifting aspect was cool though and should have been used to make a better Fast and Furious film in retrospect.