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Marvelous action and story - Jet Li movies usually have good plots.
yeah.... this installment deserves its 4 stars for pure unadulterated high octane action and stellar cast and just edge of seat thrills.
For a 5th installment, its RARE to see quality on any level. But unlike everyone else in the industry, Justin Lin (director) and producers (including Vin) have learned over the series how to make the Fast and Furious come to full circle in this one, and I think its the best one of the whole series, even better than the first.
It really takes its roots back to pure action film making, it doesnt really focus too much on crap but the bare essentials to keep it moving 200mph a hour. Fast cars, hot women, eye candy for the ladies and enough beef and testosterone on screen to make it all cool, keeping the die-hards happy and the new fans loving it as well as probably drawing in some critics with its charm and "I dont give a f**k" attitude, the only prizes this baby wins is with car, crashes and humor.
If anyone saw the original Gone in 60 Seconds, we would all say we never saw such a sequence and level of destruction using cars ever.
I guess thats just been topped with this one.... not even in Bad Boys 2, Gone in 60 Seconds (Nic Cage) or anything else comes close to the level of damage and chaos and LOOKS SO GOOD!
A mix of The Fugitive, Oceans 11, The Italian Job and of course, F AND F, and then you got something special here. As they say, nothing better than an original cast, and quite a cast to go with it, cool edgy characters with a level of humor and fun, plus the pure bad ass of its leads and The Rock stepping in to take the crown of bad boy Vin Diesel - and yep, put those two meatheads in one room, its street fighter v pro wrestler gone bonkers.
Typically its more than just so bad its good, its actually so good its better than expected.
Obviously remakes are a tough business, and its good to know most people wont know of the 1972 Bronson classic and treat it a seperate film. But in the end, it was an enjoyable action thriller for the modern times.
Statham is not Bronson, but he is the best action actor of the day, so the role is rightfully his. Ben Foster is the standout, an impetueous, impulsive and dark character whoes emotions rage within him and manifests outward as extreme violence. When Statham is played by his organisation into killing his mentor, he reluctantly takes up the burden of training his mentor's son into the role of a "mechanic" - a master assassin who specializes in death in many degrees. But as the truth begins to unravel and the hunters become the hunted, there is a three way battle to the death as Staham faces of against his former employees and his apprentice who getting closer to the truth.
In the end, its a movie which isn;t very inspiring but clever in methodolgy and its execution, the only character with a sense of life is Ben Foster.
In the end, its a smart action thriller wannabe, and does alright, worth going to movies for the big bangs. But its forgettable in the sense that there isn't anything special about it, unlike the original, with Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent which started and provided inspiration for many movies after.
Defintley a superb thriller, though it does have its many hits and few misses, but overall it packs a wallop and makes for really entertaining and quality cinema.
Ill start off by saying Ben Affleck has got talent behind the camera, moreso than as an actor. But of course, an impressive cast seems to help people forget about that as well as a rich storyline which keeps you on the edge and focused. its definitely a crime thriller in the tradition of Heat and the best of the new recent wave of cool and edgy heist movies like the bland Takers or underdone Armored. Jeremy Renner was the standout as the tough but very violent second in command, with a cool murderous streak and his near nazi appearance only offset by his rough irish charm and aggression. And Pete Postlewaite, god bless his soul and RIP, the shadowy influence and mob boss who comes into direct conflict with Affleck's professional unit.
What I really like is the basis of a factual background, notably the location of Charlestown, Boston, the Irish crime gangs which is a good throwback to the excellent The Departed. Of course, Charlestown is known as a breeding ground for Irish thugs and armed robbers, so it is an appropriate setting to this tragic story.
Affleck leads a super skilled and professional armed robbery group, who leads a string of heists, until they finally hit a bank to which they take hostage the bank manager Rebecca Hall, who is severely shaken by the incident, but they let go when they escape. When they realise their hostage lives close by to their homes and fearing identification, Affleck decides to befriend her and see what information he can get from her, to the opposition of Renner who believes they should get rid of her.
Of course, Affleck and Hall fall in love as they continue, but the FBI led by the very cynical and vicious Hamm is getting closer, their second last job they only managed to get away by pure luck, and the mob finally believe the group owes them a job for their recent success and for not sharing their gains. So all this is going to lead to a very tragic end... or maybe something else.
In the end, this movie does explore the relationships between everyone, the cat and mouse game and for Affleck's character, a road of discovery and hard truths to which he never knew as he tries to enforce some stability in his life with Hall.
its nitty, gritty, fast paced and edgier than a drunken Paddy, it really has an authentic feel, the colors are washed out in greys and blue hues to match the sombre atmosphere it creates, and the constant greyness and lack of sunshine is always motioning a storm is coming,... just not a weather storm but a storm of bullets.
I love crime thrillers and this is one of the best I've seen in ages, the characters are well rounded and interact with intensity and such a flow and vibe it works. its really character and story driven and very down to earth and has a great hold on realism which I love.
two thumbs up!
Beautiful... absolutely beautiful. In the great tradition of Rocky, Million Dollar Baby and Cinderalla Man, comes the story of Irish Mickey Ward, a boxer whose career is on the ropes, being led nowhere by his manager and his older brother, former boxer Dickie. After realising that his demons is conquering his will to continue boxing, and his brother sent to jail for drugs and assault, Mickey begins to pick himself up by starting anew with a new woman in his life and team in his corner without focusing on the family problems and begins his rise to the top. But when Dickie comes out and wants to be a part of his brother's life again, will it destroy Mickey or does Mickey know he needs Dickie in his corner to become the champ?
A realistic look at the highs and lows of a last shot struggle for victory on all levels, dealing with the hard truths and love for family and trust. Its great story telling centering around the world of boxing, which badly needs any good cheer to bring it up out of the misery its in, a sport truly in the doldrums.
Bale and Wahlberg are amongst the best actors in Hollywood, but once again Bale shines with his performance from crazy drug addict dominating figure to a humbled and solemn figure who just wants to do the right thing. you cannot help but laugh, cry or feel sorry for Bale as his tempestuous nature brings trouble wherever he goes, with Mickey running behind him to pick up the pieces of both their lives.
Its a drama, at its best, and it has a real genuine feel, in no way does it hold back or skimp on the detail or the rawness, its great film making and great acting which gives this result. The setting, the direction and work behind the camera is great, the focus is just right.
the Fighter is a movie for boxing fans and drama enthusiasts alike. Cheers!