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.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 22:24

Suicide Squad Review

So far, the guiding principle of the burgeoning DC Extended Universe seems to be reacting to negative criticism. Not in the way the series fans react, which has gone so far as to include a petition to end Rotten Tomatoes. No, the films themselves appear tailored to address the aspects most criticised in their last film: Batman v Superman’s plot took pains to address the level of civilian death in Man of Steel and now David Ayer’s supervillain ensemble piece Suicide Squad is tasked with overturning the severe lack of fun in Batman v Superman.