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.

Monday, 23 March 2015 20:27

Wild Card Review

Wild Card marks the second time legendary screenwriter William Goldman has adapted his own novel Heat for the big screen. The first time was a 1980's Burt Reynolds thriller; now it's been repurposed as a vehicle for Jason Statham. Its origins aren't surprising considering how much it feels like a film from a bygone era, a throwback to old school action flicks that crucially – like its leading man - never takes itself too seriously.

Monday, 16 December 2013 21:53

Homefront Review

If Homefront proves anything, it's that the primary cast of The Expendables are virtually interchangeable. Sylvester Stallone penned the script almost a decade ago with a view to starring in it but at almost 70, the actor has deemed himself too old, instead recruiting his Expendables buddy Jason Statham to step in. Presumably the script stayed exactly the same as Homefront is reminiscent of a pulpy 90s thriller that wouldn't look out of place on the filmography of Stallone, Willis or Rourke.

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...

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 20:50

The Expendables 2 Review

With a cast that reads like a who's who of old age action stars and a premise no more advanced than "Who would win in a fight between...", Sylvester Stallone returns with The Expendables 2, the follow up to 2010's The Expendables. Handing over the camera to Con Air helmer Simon West, Stallone has called in a few favours from even more of his craggy-faced friends to ensure The Expendables 2 is bigger, badder and older.