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Tomorrowland (2015)
17 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

There is definitely something interesting in this movie. A strong Sci-Fi premise and a lot of pretty good performances. But this movies is too flawed for me say that it's worth going to theaters to see.

Furious 7
Furious 7 (2015)
18 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

In the words of Dominic Toretto, "I ain't got friends, I got family". I just saw Furious 7 and this is my review.

There are no words I can say to describe what I just saw, all I can say is that a better follow up to a new classic in modern action could not be made. Sense I want to challenge myself and write a real review, I'm going to review the movie in as if I were one of the Juggo-bros that attended the movie (but with slightly better sentence structure).

So a little catch up, Furious 7 takes place after our heroes from the previous film took down an international terrorist and their doppelgangers as pointed out by Roman (Tyrese Gibson) in the previous movie. Brian (RIP Paul Walker) the lead of the first film has become Mr. Mom and is growing uncomfortable with all the stillness. Dom (Diesel) the other lead with his gruff voice is doing his best to reconnect with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). Each other's love interest from way back in the first movie and main reason Dom and his team became the heroes of Six.

While they all make their laps around Disneyland something sinister is afoot. Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) brother of Owen Shaw makes his way from cheery old London to L.A. When there he comes in contact with The Rock, I mean Hobbes the prime Antagonist of Fast Five and Doms secret gay boyfriend from Six. After dispatching Hobbes and taking what information he needs on our heroes, he first goes after Han (who spoilers, died four movies ago if you go by release date).

While the death of Han was not unknown before the movie begins it still does resonate. My first real comment on this film is actually how emotionally powerful it is. What made it all the more powerful is they brought back the lead of Tokyo Drift who is actually really good in the movie and sells his Miyagi-Daniel relationship with almost no words. Even Tez (Ludacris) and Roman have a great scene at Han's funeral where they really sell it, that they feel hunted and scared. Now of course of lot of scenes feel like filler to make the action that comes later more satisfying. I did think to myself at some point "can we get to batshit craziness already". That being said most of it really works.

Even though I'd seen the trailers I was not ready for what I experienced. Every actions scene moves with fluidity and fun that feels earned after the initial slowness. Every character gets something interesting to do and contributes to overall plot. Also this movie is beautiful, not that previous entries were not but Director James Wan brings the same level of care when it comes to the look and feel of this movies as he has shown with The Conjuring, Insidious or even Saw.

Going into individuals I've got address Statham as a villain. Furious 7 comes out in the same spot that The Winter Soldier came out last year. If you know me, you know that's a big deal to me. One of my favorite comments on that film was that the Winter Soldier felt like a force of nature that you unleash on your enemies. Deckard could easily have the same thing said about him, when he enters the frame I feel dread unlike anything I've experience with previous films in this series. Luckily Wan knows when to put his toys back in the box and when to bring them back out.

The Rock is not in this movie nearly enough but Wan knows how to use him best in the scenes where he's there. His one-liners are just as oddly constructed and oddly performed as I'd expect and in a way only The Rock could do. Although The Rock gets shelved most of the movie we are gifted a gracefully aged Kurt Russell, present for most of the second act. Russell gets to be exuberant and charming in this movie, almost as if Jack Burton had a long lost brother who became a high level CIA operative with a thing for Belgian beer. He's fun and makes every scene he's in electric.

I honestly don't know what else to say that will sell anyone to go see this movie. I could tell you that is truly a great addition to the canon of action films, I could say that it's a movie that is much better than it deserves to be. To be honest I never thought I'd write such a glowing review. This is a movie about characters that have evolved from being real world street racers to supermen. Others have said it, but if they don't eventually crossover with The Avengers It will only be the loss of moviegoers everywhere.

It Follows
It Follows (2015)
19 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A perfect half remembered dream of classic John Carpenter films. Not only does it pay respect to arguably some of the best horror films of all time but it also manages to feel original and build tension in ways that feel fresh. Don't go in expecting an easy ending. This movie follows Carpenters lead from the soundtrack which is fantastic, to an ending just as powerful and unnerving as 'The Thing'. Watch this with friends and prepare to look over your shoulders for days after 'It Follows".