Sunday, 23 April 2017 16:39

The Fate of the Furious Review

Given that The Fate of the Furious is the eighth entry in the surprisingly enduring Fast & Furious franchise, we all know what to expect from a Fast film by now: muscular men in muscle shirts driving muscle cars, scantily clad women cheering them on, increasingly outrageous action set-pieces and, most important of all, family. As much as the series’ focus has shifted from street racing toward grand-scale heists and globe-trotting espionage, it has also doubled down on its focus on the family at the centre of it all. Familial themes powered both Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7 and are once again integral here, with one particularly juicy hook: fiercely loyal patriarch Dom Torretto (Vin Diesel) has turned on his makeshift family.

Monday, 13 April 2015 19:22

Fast & Furious 7 Review

Beginning life as a humble rejig of Point Break for the street-racing world before eventually morphing into a huge, unwieldy, action movie behemoth, the Fast & Furious franchise has been on a long, strange journey in the 14 years since it began. The tragic real-life twist of star Paul Walker's death late in 2013 left the franchise in a state of flux but with the use of Walker's younger brothers and some slick CGI, latest instalment Fast & Furious 7 has made it to cinemas and it's a fitting tribute to its fallen star.

Wednesday, 06 August 2014 20:56

Hercules Review

Brett Ratner is a director that isn't held in particularly high regard. At his worst, he's capable of putting a beloved franchise on the skids for a few years but at his best, he is a competent director who can turn out a solidly entertaining film. His latest effort is swords-and-sandals actioner Hercules, a loose adaptation of Steve Moore's graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars.

Sunday, 08 September 2013 18:01

Pain & Gain Review

Pain & Gain was supposed to be Michael Bay's 'small' movie, a break from the huge blockbusters he's been churning out since the late 90's. Compared to his recent oeuvre, it's certainly a smaller film but with a $30 million budget and the star wattage of Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, it's hardly an intimate, personal affair. It does however skew closer to Bay's 1995 debut film Bad Boys – and a case could be made for it being his best movie since then – but make no mistake, this is still a big, overblown and unbearably stupid film that's unmistakably a Michael Bay picture.

Thursday, 23 May 2013 20:50

Fast & Furious 6 Review

The trajectory of the Fast & Furious franchise is almost inconceivable. Starting all the way back in 2001 with The Fast & The Furious, the series looked to be running out of gas pretty quickly with dismal sequels 2 Fast 2 Furious and seemingly unrelated Tokyo Drift signalling a steady decline in box office receipts.

Monday, 29 April 2013 12:41

Final Fast & Furious 6 Trailer

Due for release in only a couple of weeks, the sixth instalment of the Fast & Furious franchise got a new - and supposedly final - trailer today. Fast & Furious 6 sees the return of Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), this time hot in pursuit of a master criminal Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) in London. In order to catch Shaw, Hobbs enlists the old Fast & Furious crew (Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang) and some ridiculous action takes place, including a chase scene involving a tank...

Tuesday, 02 April 2013 22:22

G.I Joe: Retaliation

After Stephen Sommers got it woefully wrong with 2009's G.I Joe: Rise of Cobra, the responsibility to turn popular toy franchise into a semi coherent film falls to Step Up director John M. Chu. He gives it a good go with G.I Joe: Retaliation and the end result lies somewhere between the first movie and a good movie, not a complete disaster but a clunky, meat-heated film that lurches from one plot point to another.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011 19:37

GI Joe : Retaliation

Unexpected sequel to 2009's dismal Rise of Cobra may surprise us all. Is that how you would pronounce Machinima?