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Free Fire: Guns, Guns and More Guns

April 26, 2017

Free Fire is a blast of old school mayhem that features lot of gore, death and profanity. Director Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, Kill List, A Field in England, High-Rise) is one of my favorite directors and I love how all of his films have been insanely different. The guy keeps expanding his filmography and you never know where his films will go. The dude has guts and has proven he can balance cults, violent travelers, tall mayhem and people yelling at each other in fields.  If you are into genre film making that doesn’t pull punches you should check out Wheatley’s films.

Free Fire revolves around two crews of insane people shooting at each other. On one side you have two IRA members Chris (Cillian Murphy) and Frank (Michael Smiley) and their idiot sidekicks. On the other side there is South African gangster Vernon (Sharlto Copley), his associate Martin (Babou Ceesay) and their idiot sidekicks. Joining the fray are Justine (Brie Larson) and the broker Ord (Armie Hammer) who flip-flop allegiances throughout.

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What I love most about Free Fire is how you never know where it is going. Like most Ben Wheatley films there are twists, turns and people being shot while turning. There are no heroes and the people you originally dislike become kinda likable. Each and every person has a unique personality and you hate as they get filled with bullet holes. My favorite part of the film involves the clash between dirtbag Stevo (Sam Riley) and fellow dirtbag Harry (Jack Reynor). Their feud from the prior night is what makes the night go bad and I love how the two of them just really want to kill each other. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a feud end so terribly and you will cringe as the gore is turned to 11.

Some of these people die in terrible ways…..

Free Fire is bound for cult classic status and I can’t wait to watch it again. It is grimy, nasty and would make for a perfect doubleheader with the grimy/nasty War on Everyone. I understand why mainstream audiences have shied away, but I hope fellow cinephiles help spread the word and get more people to watch this violent little thing.

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Guarding the Galaxy: The 10 Best World Savers of Cinema

April 25, 2017

With the Guardians of the Galaxy ready to save the galaxy again I wanted to praise movie characters who helped save planets. These great heroes saved billions of lives, sacrificed themselves and even deployed some sweet dance moves to save the day.

Enjoy! Comment below and let me know who your favorites are!

10. Joshua Keyes and Rebecca Childs – ‘The Core’

Imagine if you were tasked to drill to the center of the earth and ignite some nuclear bombs to save the world. I’d humbly turn the job down and hope whoever decided to go on such a bonkers mission succeeded. The Core is not a good movie, but I love the idea of the mission. The cast is amazing and Aaron Eckhart and Hilary Swank do their best to make the stupidity palatable.

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9. Lone Star – ‘Spaceballs’

When a giant Meter Maid starts sucking all the air out of planet Druidia a miracle needed to happen. It’s a good thing Lone Star was there to use the Schwartz and switch the giant machine from “suck to blow.” I love that the bad guys plan was to suck the air out of a planet so they didn’t have to rely on canned air. Spaceballs is the best.

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8. Korben Dallas and Leeloo Dallas – ‘The Fifth Element’

Love will save the day! The Fifth Element is a bonkers masterpiece and it features some beautiful world saving. When all seems lost and no missiles, guns or spin kicks will save the day, it comes down to Bruce Willis simply saying “I love you” to Milla Jovovich. Not a bad deal!

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7. James Bond – ‘Moonraker’

James Bond has been saving the cinematic world for well over 50 years. However, Moonraker features him saving the planet from space. Watch the clip below and you will hear one of the most insane innuendos ever featured in cinema.

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6. Steven Hiller and David Levinson – ‘Independence Day’

What I love the most about Independence Day is the chemistry between Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum. I want a movie that features them sitting in a spaceship talking about life. They are polar opposites but I love how their characters flew into space, snuck into a giant enemy spaceship, blew it up and then walked like absolute bosses.

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5. Robert Capa and Cassie – ‘Sunshine’

Sunshine is my favorite science fiction film and the ending is pure insanity. If you are into trippy rides that go to crazy land you will love how Sunshine ends. Cillian Murphy and Rose Byrne are the best and if you are a fan of Chris Evans films you will dig his performance that got him the Captain America role.

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4. Luke Skywalker – ‘Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope’

Luke nailed an impossible shot (Thank you Ersos) that for almost 40 years confused everyone. I love how he stayed calm, trusted the force and somehow shot two laser blasts into one convenient hole. With one shot he saved the rebels and blew up the most dangerous weapon ever created.

3. Harry S. Stamper – ‘Armageddon’

Harry S. Stamper is the bravest man to ever live and he earned the number three spot on this list. The dude flew into space, drilled a hole into an asteroid and sacrificed his life to save the world. This list needed a blue-collar dude and Harry is that man.

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2. Rita Vrataski and Cage – ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

I love everything about Edge of Tomorrow. Emily Blunt, Tom Cruise and Bill Paxton are perfection and the action is amazing. Emily Blunt’s character Rita Vrataski is my favorite action character of this decade and I love how she was able to be tough without acting tough (know what I mean?) The ending is pure action awesomeness and I actually want to watch it again right now!

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1. Peter Quill – ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Dance off bro!

Peter Quill saved a planet via dancing. Anytime someone can save a planet with some dance moves it goes straight to #1. I love Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Void: Squishy, Scary, Creative and Very Fun

April 23, 2017

The Void is a  horror film that does a lot with little and will become a bonafide cult classic. What I love is how the budget was stretched incredibly thin but still looks and feels like something that didn’t need crowdfunding. The film first hit my radar when Mr. John Leavengood of John’s Horror Corner wrote in support of the film’s funding. Two years later we are blessed with a film that is totally confusing but nice to look at. If you are a fan of gore, practical effects and head-scratching you will love The Void.

I am going to be 100% honest (not just 93% or 72%) when I say that I don’t care what The Void is all about. I was able to follow the plot but in the end, I was more pleased with the trip than the destination. After reading through Wikipedia, Reddit and message boards I’ve come to the conclusion that I love what directors Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie were able to achieve. The made a tiny budget look amazing and provided us with cool monsters, neat visuals, and nerdy triangle cultists.

The Void focuses on a ragtag group of randoms who are trapped inside a small town hospital by white-robed triangle cultists. Since it is a horror film they also have to deal with squishy/gooey creatures inside of the hospital. Also, the people inside are turning on each other and becoming squishy/gooey creatures. Thus, there is a whole lot of murder, mutilation and people being stabbed in their eyeballs. As more squishiness happens we are transported to an alternate dimension (I think) where people come back to life and look gross.

You may be thinking that I wasn’t paying attention to the plot of The Void. I’m pretty sure the directors didn’t even know what was going on. In an interview with Dread Central, the directors said there is a meaning to it but I still don’t buy it. Here is what Gillespie what to say:

MFF Special: John Travolta, Cigarettes and Box Office Data

April 21, 2017

Post-workout cigarettes are the best.

John Travolta had a beautiful run playing villainous men who maniacally smoked tobacco products. Beginning in 1994 with Pulp Fiction and going all the way to 2004’s The Punisher no man has smoked so villainously. What I love most about his smoking is how the various smoking styles differed.

Pulp Fiction – Stylish but not over the top

Broken Arrow – Full on addiction

Face/Off – Kinda cool

Swordfish – Looks like he is always about to facepalm himself

The Punisher – Dude smoked a pipe……

I wrote a post a couple years back about the smoking and now I’ve returned to breakdown the box office and critical data.

Sidenote: This data features zero correlation, causation or major calculations. It is dumb data intended to put a smile on your face.

1. The Average Rotten Tomatoes critic score is 59.2%

I love that Face/Off currently has a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes because it is wildly insane. Travolta went full overacting villain and the result was glorious, strange and awesome. It is only two points below the much beloved Pulp Fiction which has a 94% rating. If it wasn’t for The Punisher 29% and Swordfish 26% Travolta would be the king of all smoking villains (I think).

I’m kinda bummed that the Thomas Jane Punisher movie didn’t do well. What I love is how Travolta was in the cigar land of Tampa and chose to smoke a damn pipe. Tampa finally gets put on the map and the dude doesn’t go with the obvious (maybe that is brilliant).

Excuse me while I prepare this pipe while you sit there…..

2. The Average IMDb score is 7.04

7.04 is a very good average for Travolta. Pulp Fiction has a crazy 8.9 score but the others carry their weight and prove that people love movies that feature Travolta chain smoking. Broken Arrow and Face/Off were legit events and they were carried in part by Travolta’s smoke inhalation. My theory is that he looked awesome in Pulp Fiction so he just kept doing it until he didn’t (Punisher). 

 

3. The Average inflated domestic box office is $120,357,903

$120 million is nothing to blow smoke at. During his smoking run Travolta put people in the seats and undoubtedly taught people how to smoke cigarettes incorrectly. I remember being 100% stoked to watch Face/Off, Broken Arrow and Swordfish. Travolta was a cool villain who wasn’t afraid to rock funky haircuts and do weird face waterfalls all over people’s faces and that made $$$$.

Nowadays R-rated action fests have a tough time breaking the $100 million mark. John Wick 2 is unbelievably awesome and it only made $91 million (which is really good). Both Face/Off and Broken Arrow made over $100 million domestically and Swordfish came close with $96 million. That doesn’t really happen anymore when it comes to original R-rated properties.

Travolta loves showing off his cigarettes.

Conclusion: Travolta should’ve smoked cigarettes in Battlefield Earth

Battlefield Earth is pure unbridled garbage. However, if Travolta would’ve been smoking cigarettes his character would’ve looked cooler (I have no proof of this). Also, the smoking might’ve helped him in The Taking of Pelham 123, Mad City and The Killing Season. My theory is that without the prop he couldn’t channel a properly evil character and he floundered in massive prosthetics and overly-manicured facial hair.

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John’s Horror Corner: Tethered (2017), Independent Short Film Review.

April 17, 2017


MY CALL:  This was excellent!  EXCELLENT!  Isolated, cautionary, atmospheric excellence.  MORE INDIE REVIEWS (solicited reviews):  Here at MFF we occasionally do horror short film and pre-release indie film reviews on request. Among recent solicited promotions are Order of the Ram (2013; short film), Love in the Time of Monsters (2014; feature length), Interior (2014; feature length), Smothered (2014; feature length), In the Dark (2015; feature length), Trailer Talk: The Void, The Void (2016; feature length), TRAILER TALK: Blood MoneyShort Film Buzz: Burn (2016; press release)Brother (2016; short film), the indie techno-horror Other Halves (2016; feature length), Short Film Buzz: Kickstarter Campaign for Scythe (2016; press release), Scythe (2016; short film), and Shallow Waters (2017; short film).

Disclaimer: This review was solicited by the filmmakers and/or producers who provided privileged access to the film. However, my opinion remains unbiased as I was neither hired nor paid to produce this critical review, nor do I have an investment stake in the film.

Not gonna’ lie—I really like the movie poster and tagline.  Posters and taglines are meant to hook us and can misrepresent the film’s actual content.  But I’m intrigued nonetheless…and, it turns out, this film delivers all you could have wanted.

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At but a brief 12 minutes, I was captivated in minute one!  [I wrote 400 words of this review after only seeing the first minute].  Some excellent shots, even if not necessarily of “innovative” style.  But that’s not always the point, nor would flare be in this film’s style.  Consistently thoughtful, well-practiced and technically sound shots leave us at the mercy of the film’s atmosphere.  The camera lingers on a boy’s weathered face…we are taken aback by the circumstances of his existence as his mother’s harrowing voice plays on a cassette-tape recording narrating the “rules” by which the abandoned blind boy lives, tethered to a weary wooden shelter surrounded by bells and animal traps.

The acting and camerawork were exemplary; the editing…perfect, abrupt, uneasing.  The film opened powerful intrigue overlaying melancholy, with the rigid remoteness and fable-like rules beckoning memories of the finer qualities of The Village (2004), the tip-toeing isolation in The Witch (2016) or the opening shots in The Hallow (2015). The finer moments of the sound editing/mixing (e.g., the rabbit scene) really dropped me deep down the abyssal mystique of this dark woodland fantasy that all viewers, by now, fear will be a cautionary tale of dire consequence.

After you watch the entire film, rewind to this part.  0:44-0:58 (i.e., “the 1st rule”) were 14 of the best seconds of editing I’ve seen this year.  It reminded me of the pub/pint pouring excellence (the brief, quick-cut montage) of Shaun of the Dead, only harrowing!

Complete newcomers to film, the actors playing the boy (Jared Cook) and voicing the mother’s recording (Grace Mumm; whom we never see) were both outstanding.  Jared carries no lines of dialogue (well, one word, off-screen), so part of me might question his ability to carry lines. But his taciturn intensity radiates merit.  Lines or not, he acted the shit outta’ this role and Grace Munn, as his mother’s voice…again, perfect.  These two were perfect and they roped me along into their dark journey.

But what lies beyond the rope’s length?

A man appreciative of nuance, director Daniel Robinette (Samca, Drawn to Fear, The Time Will Come) breeds mood and mystery into this fantastic film—especially in those first two minutes.  He’s generated all I need to support whatever he next pursues.  Solomon’s desperation is as tattered as his clothing, and his soul-broken longing noted each time he pushes “rewind” on his mother’s departing message.

The Fate of the Furious (2017), the most action-heavy action movie I’ve seen since Mad Mad: Fury Road!     

April 16, 2017


MY CALL:  If Michael Bay and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) had a baby and then exposed it to Godzilla-levels of Marvel’s Gamma radiation, you’d get this action movie.  I want to label this the most action-heavy action movie I’ve seen in years—it makes The Expendables movies feel slow and plotty. I had so much fun yelling and laughing at the screen!  MORE MOVIES LIKE The Fate of the FuriousMad Max: Fury Road (2015)—the only other recent film of remotely comparable levels of grand-scale action. Of course, there are also a lot of other Fast and Furious films.  Personally, after the original (for the sake of historical franchise significance), I most strongly recommend Fast Five (2011; best story and best brawl), Fast and Furious 6 (2015; best technical fight scenes), and Furious 7 (2015; most action galore). For yet more Fast and Furious opinions be sure to check out our Podcast on Corona, Belgian Beer, BBQ and the Fast and Furious films, A Closer Look at the Corona Drinking in The Fast and The Furious Franchise, Ranking Fast and Furious 1-6 and Paul Walker’s 7 Best Fast and Furious Moments.

This franchise has taken us across the globe. From Mexico (Fast and Furious), Tokyo (Tokyo Drift), Brazil (Fast Five), all over Europe (Fast and Furious 6), and even to the Middle East (Furious 7).  Every film faces Dom’s crew against bigger villains with larger-scale plans speckling massive explosions and property damage across the globe.  So, then, what can the franchise give us that we haven’t seen before, and that Dom’s crew hasn’t faced before?  The answer is Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel; The Last Witch Hunter, Guardians of the Galaxy, Riddick) himself!

After being double-crossed by Dom, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson; Pain and Gain, Ballers, G I Joe: Retaliation) is imprisoned in an “ultra-maximum security” for crimes he didn’t commit and his only salvation is to take down Dom and his new cyber-terrorist extraordinaire boss, Cipher (Charlize Theron; Prometheus, Mad Max: Fury Road, Snow White and the Huntsman).  To do this, Hobbs is reluctantly forced to team up with fellow inmate and Furious 7’s villain Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham; The Expendables 1-3, Mechanic: Resurrection).

The Rock is a physically tremendous person with a larger-than-life personality. Yet Statham’s Shaw is so cheeky and menacing, we aren’t entirely convinced Hobbs would “beat him like a Cherokee drum” as he had threatened.  With the unreasonably insane resources of Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell; The Hateful Eight, Bone Tomahawk, Furious 7) and Dom’s crew, they get to work.

As usual, the crew brings back all of our favorite characters: Roman (Tyrese Gibson; Legion, Transformers 1-3, 2 Fast 2 Furious), Tej (Chris Ludacris Bridges; Gamer, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and rap performing artist), Elsa (Elsa Pataky; Snakes on a Plane, Fast Five), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez; Resident Evil, Machete Kills, Avatar), and hacker Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel; Game of Thrones, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Fast and Furious 6).  We also find cameos by Leo and Santos, Shaw’s brother (Luke Evans; Fast and Furious 6’s villain), and even Helen Mirren (Trumbo, RED 2)!

Director F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta’ Compton, Law-Abiding Citizen) has taken a different approach than his predecessors.  Among franchise parts 5-8, The Fate of the Furious has by far the most plot holes, unexplained developments, and completely unrealistic character appearances. We also don’t enjoy the fun aspect of seeing the crew plan their heists, rescue missions and escapes. Instead of each of these things (which I do miss), we basically get more, more and even yet MORE action scenes than any Fast and Furious film has ever contained stitched together by vague explanations and hand-waiving as Mr. Nobody says “watch this…” and “here you go [pointing to 89 500hp cars in a warehouse or the most powerful surveillance device in the world].”  I’m not complaining, the action was earth-rattlingly awesome.

So much flavor breathes insane hilarious exhilarating life into this movie.  Shaw and Hobbs’ “I’m tougher than you” banter, the crazy combat prison break scene (packing some utterly brutal action for The Rock and Statham), Cuban street racing in reverse while on fire, the spectacular arctic ice-marauding submarine “chase” scene, a public service announcement regarding the dangers of self-driving cars, “Uncle” Shaw’s laughably awesome plane rescue-escape sequence, The Rock throwing a torpedo, perhaps more car crashes than I’ve ever seen in a single action movie, and so much more (truly there were so many action scenes) that I can’t even remember what else.

My one complaint about the action was that the technical combat choreography clearly received less attention and the action camerawork was overly choppy (often too close-up and way too many cuts to see what’s going on). However, despite my whining, I still LOVED the fight scenes (e.g., the prison break, submarine chase and the plane escape scenes).  As for the vehicular action scenes, WOW! If you thought the action was turned up to an “11” in parts 5-7, then now I guess we’re at a “12.”  Sure, the plot was lacking and the storytelling was weak (much like comparing The Mechanic to Mechanic: Resurrection or The Transporter to its sequels), but the action scenes here were longer and more frequent than in parts 5-7 while being every bit as grand-scale and elaborate.

These scenes could have been half as numerous and half as long and STILL this would have been a great action movie—but now it’s yet greater! We’re talking Michael Bay levels of destruction and explosions.  It may have fallen well into the deep end of physics-defiant absurdity (even compared to this already absurd franchise populated by cars with Wolverine’s Adamantium shocks and struts)… but I somehow just don’t care.  I loved it.  I can’t wait to see this again.

Beyond the fact that IMDB (Vin Diesel’s page) and movie media announcements confirm Fast and Furious films through a 9th and 10th installment (in 2019 and 2021; when Vin Diesel will be 54 years old), we end part 8 with the storyline wide open for a sequel for reasons that I obviously won’t spoil.

Fast & Furious 6 (2013), bigger cast, bigger biceps, bigger explosions and bigger stakes.

April 13, 2017


MY CALL:  This sequel seems to mostly be about “more.” We have more of everything fans love down to more fights and chase scenes. I’ll always consider part 5 the best, but part 6 is sure to please any action movie fan.  MORE MOVIES LIKE Fast & Furious 6Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) for one. Of course, there are also a lot of other Fast and Furious films.  Personally, after the original (for the sake of historical franchise significance), I most strongly recommend Fast Five (2011; for a second opinion check out Mark’s review of Fast Five), followed by Furious 7 (2015), and this sixth installment (for a second opinion check out Mark’s review of Fast and Furious 6). However, Mark ranked the films quite differently than I did—Ranking Fast and Furious 1-6—and he’d suggest his favorite to be 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003). For yet more Fast and Furious opinions be sure to check out our Podcast on Corona, Belgian Beer, BBQ and the Fast and Furious films, A Closer Look at the Corona Drinking in The Fast and The Furious Franchise and Paul Walker’s 7 Best Fast and Furious Moments.

Fast Five (2011) took the typical sequel path of “going global” and taking us to Brazil.  But evidently a single venue change just isn’t enough.  Now we find scenes speckled all over the globe: a crime scene in Moscow, Brian in Spain’s Canary Islands, Han and Gisele in Hong Kong, and now the crew is summoned to meet in London.

Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson; Pain and Gain, Ballers, G I Joe: Retaliation) has even greater anger management issues than in Fast Five (2011) and I couldn’t be happier about it.  I guess it’s a bit comical when, during an interrogation scene, he tosses a pretty large dude up into the ceiling and across the room into the wall.  But The Rock is such a physically tremendous person with such a bigger-than-life persona that, you know what, I’m just gonna’ give him a pass and enjoy it.

So, at the end of Fast Five (2011) Hobbs said, “I’ll see you soon.”  And here he is knocking on Dom’s door asking for some big time favors in exchange for full pardons for his crew.  What’s the deal?  Dom’s crew of international criminals need to help Hobbs catch yet another crew of international criminals that also has an affinity for highspeed precision cars.

The already huge cast of Fast Five (2011) grows yet stronger—like a ‘roided out bicep!  In fact, with some added muscle mass from preparing for Pain and Gain (2013), The Rock has also literally come into this sequel bigger than before!  We sadly lose the comic relief of Leo and Santos, but gain Riley (Gina Carano; Haywire, Deadpool)!  And for our new villain we have Shaw (Luke Evans; Dracula Untold, Beauty and the Beast, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), who is far more methodical than Fast Fives Reyes.

At 46 years old (in 2013), Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel; The Last Witch Hunter, Guardians of the Galaxy, Riddick) shows us that you’re never too old to wear a tight white tank top and continues to choose bare biceps over sleeves, Brian (Paul Walker; Brick Mansions, Hours, Into the Blue) and Mia (Jordana Brewster; The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Chuck, Dallas) are starting a new family, Gisele (Gal Gadot; Fast and Furious, Dawn of Justice: Batman vs Superman, Wonder Woman), Han (Sung Kang; Tokyo Drift, Fast and Furious, Ninja Assassin, Bullet to the Head), Roman (Tyrese Gibson; Legion, Transformers 1-3, 2 Fast 2 Furious), Tej (Chris Ludacris Bridges; Crash, Hustle and Flow, Gamer, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and rap performing artist) and Elsa (Elsa Pataky; Snakes on a Plane, Fast Five) return to round out our cast of heroes.  But, most importantly, everyone gets their moment to shine whether through humor or sentiment.

When we first meet Shaw he zooms from an exploding crime scene in an armored stock car aided by his accomplice Letty (Michelle Rodriguez; Resident Evil, Machete Kills, Avatar), who is actually alive and suffering from soap opera-levels of amnesia!  Shaw’s team is like the evil mirror image of our favorite drag-racing crew, down to the “white Hobbs” (Kim Kold; Star Trek Beyond, Deliver Us from Evil), wispy mysterious woman (Clara Paget; Black Sails), and Jah (Joe Taslim; The Raid: Redemption, Star Trek Beyond) among others.  This cast is humungous!

Director Justin Lin (Tokyo Drift, Fast and Furious, Fast Five, Star Trek Beyond) has brought us more than just a bigger cast, but bigger action.  Consistent with Fast Five (2011), our chase scenes are not only by car but on foot.  And one split-cut pair of chase scenes lead us to my favorite part of the movie: THE SUBWAY FIGHT.  Riley and Letty beat the ever-loving crap out of each other as if this was a UFC event while Han and Roman team up against Shaw’s wily martial artist Jah.  The fights trade scenes as the fighters trade brutal blows—I winced a few times.  The close-quarters combat choreography was excellent!  What I loved about these fights (unlike so many non-finale fight scenes in action flicks) is that no one is flawless here.  Everyone gets beaten up, and the winners scramble or limp away after being bombarded with drop-kicks, choke holds, arm bars and spin kicks.  These brawls honor the high standard set by Fast Five’s (2011) Dom-Hobbs fight, complete with rib-crunching tackles.  The fight scenes and action sequence in the finale is a blast as well.

The car-crashing, shoot’em up action is in high gear, teeny bikinis get their fair share of screen time, subtle jokes about “Samoan Thor,” a destructive high-speed tank scene, and a great soundtrack all complement this action movie favorite.  But don’t forget, it’s not just about the action.

Somehow even more than in Fast Five (2011), you’ll hear the word “family” every ten minutes just remind you that this all started with barbeques, Corona, and drag racing in the ghetto.  In fact, you’ll even see a grill in the first 15 minutes harkening back to Dom’s driveway get-togethers.  But we are far from the NO2 days of living life a quarter mile at a time. Now everyone’s a millionaire! Despite that wealth, Dom remains a romantic and his heart will always belong to Letty.

We end part six much as it all started 12 years prior with everyone sharing a barbeque, Coronas, and grace with family at the old 1327 Toretto house.  We also end exactly as part 5, “I’ll see you soon.”

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