A Thread 4 Fast 4 Furious

Hah, we're paying like $26 to see it in true IMAX. CAN'T WAIT.

Veloxi wrote:
Gravey wrote:

An incredible collection of charts tracking various aspects across the FF films: The Stats of the Furious

This is GREAT, thank you.

Glad this showed up here, because it is great.

I've got my usual showing with family tomorrow night, and then likely a trip to the cinema pub next week to take it in again, this time with the giantest beer they'll give me.

I've got a Friday matinee IMAX ticket. My first time IMAX. Take an hour early off work. Good stuff!

Veloxi wrote:

Hah, we're paying like $26 to see it in true IMAX. CAN'T WAIT.

That theater does have an IMAX. I still haven't went to see anything yet. But I guess I can just pay the surcharge between regular ticket and IMAX. Hm.

Gravey wrote:

An incredible collection of charts tracking various aspects across the FF films: The Stats of the Furious

Time spent racing vs time spent chasing, NOS uses, tachometer/speedometer shots, hugs, and more!

The data corroborates my opinion that Tokyo Drift is still the best one.

False. It doesn't have cars dragging through the streets a massive vault and using it as a weapon.

It was more fun than expected, but I'm not a fan of the quick cutting during fight scenes, especially with actors who can probably carry it for longer takes.

Spoiler:

It's not that difficult to guess why Dom would "turn his back on family."

I have prepared a review...

>Ahem<

...

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

It's a cavalcade of ridiculous delights. Where I feel certain other blockbuster juggernauts often struggle and stumble in delivering fan service at the sacrifice of the movie I'm actually watching, F&Fs give me, a fan, things I want to see.

I will, however, say 3 things:
1- Scott Eastwood really demonstrated how undervalued Paul Walker was.
2- I didn't like that Elena lost her kick-ass haircut.

Spoiler:

3- I also didn't like that she got killed.

But, over all, I'm ecstatic.

Loved all of it.

Loved it. Earned some of the criticism I've read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it!

That was a blast.

Agree with SpaceP's spoiler. But saw it coming.

Went at 7:50 for 8:10 show, but figured I might get bumped to 8:30. Instead the 8:45 was sold out too and had to wait for the 9:15. And our theater was completely full. And there were people waiting as we came out for the 12:15am show.

Think it's going to do well.

Oh, and the Rock had the best lines. They were so epic my brain couldn't contain them. All I remember is something something sumbitch, followed by this general feeling of awe.

Veloxi wrote:

Oh, and the Rock had the best lines. They were so epic my brain couldn't contain them. All I remember is something something sumbitch, followed by this general feeling of awe.

The Rock felt like the star.

I actually had a couple moments where I wondered why he isn't in more stuff. He should be like 80s Arnold, and in tons of action movies right now.

I actually had a couple moments where I wondered why he isn't in more stuff. He should be like 80s Arnold, and in tons of action movies right now.

You're kidding, right?

cartoonin wrote:
I actually had a couple moments where I wondered why he isn't in more stuff. He should be like 80s Arnold, and in tons of action movies right now.

You're kidding, right?

OMG RUNDOWN 2?! YES!

Oh, and can anyone remember The Rock's amazing "sumbitch" line in full? Our brains couldn't handle it and we're still blanking on everything else up to that word.

Good. More Rock is the answer.

Except for Big Trouble in Little China. Don't touch classics. Not cool.

I felt like there was a lot more straight up bad dialogue than the last few movies. I feel a bit silly criticizing the writing in a movie like this, but it was noticeable compared to the last few F&F movies, particularly 5 and 6.

But whatever. I still loved it overall.

I was distracted for the first quarter or so of the movie and was a little lost. I was up to speed by the half way mark and got the crazy situation which was going on. Really dumb movie but I liked it. I only watched the first trailer so was only spoiled on one crazy part. I look forward to watching the trailer to see how much of the movie they give away.

Saw it last night with a buddy that hadn't seen any of the films since 4. He was confused as to how far things have escalated, but in a "that's hilariously awesome" way. He had a good time.

I'd say this is going to be the first one to hit the highs of Fast Five for me, but is still not as solid for a couple of reasons. One of those is dialogue. In some ways I want to blame someone for letting Tyrese Gibson improv, but seeing as some of The Rock's earlier lines, such as at the soccer game, were rather painful, I'm going to go ahead and blame it on the script as a whole. It was mostly just isolated incidents, however, and contributed to the opening being a bit rough after Cuba.

Some criticisms that I shall spoiler:

Spoiler:

They don't explain how Dom would in any way know Cipher. We know why she knows him, at the very least, but in their first conversation I'm given the impression that he knows who she is. Perhaps I misread the scene, but it sounded like they had history.

In addition, I am really glad to see more Jason Statham, but Dom is all too forgiving of a man that killed his buddy Han, who was a member of his family. Same with Owen, who is responsible for the death of Gal Gadot's character. It's one thing to have your character pull a Vegeta, but that's some pretty convenient amnesia. It makes me wonder if the series will be able to sustain itself going forward or if we're about to tip over the edge.

Scott Eastwood's character really needed to not be there. Whenever he showed back up on screen it was like "Oh, you're not dead yet". I was really, really worried they'd kill Kurt Russel's Mr. Nobody, which would have sucked because Kurt Russel is the man.

I also think there was too much shakey-cam during the action sequences. I was mostly able to keep up with everything, but there were some moments where it was distracting or confusing.

Spoiler:

In her hand-to-hand fight at the end, I couldn't tell where Letty was stabbing the guy. I heard the sound effects, but the action was incredibly unclear.

Criticisms aside, I ultimately had a really good time. The film really picked up at the prison sequence, and a lot of stuff turned out differently than I had expected it to. I'm wondering if "Family" would be a more dangerous drinking game here than in prior movies, but I wouldn't be surprised if I'm just forgetting how often the word is uttered.

Spoiler:

So I wasn't entirely off-base with my earlier prediction that Cipher would have someone on Dom's biological family. I just didn't expect it to be a kid, and in this era of giving away surprises in the trailers I give Fate props for never showing that. It was a nice little surprise, and that baby is one of the best Hollywood babies.

Honestly, though, no interaction Vin Diesel has with a baby is going to top Jason Statham's trip through the airplane with the kid. That was great.

I walked out of 7 disappointed on the whole and have had no temptation to go back and buy it, but this one is most definitely getting added to the collection.

Re: Dom/Cypher, I'm pretty sure you misread the scene. Dom was just lured with the sound of car, and then caught on to that she was there for him.

ccesarano wrote:
Spoiler:

Honestly, though, no interaction Vin Diesel has with a baby is going to top Jason Statham's trip through the airplane with the kid. That was great.

This might've been my favorite part of the whole thing.

Spoiler:

The goofy faces Statham made throughout were just wonderful. You can tell he was having a blast.
He really need to do more comedy.

Oh, I forgot to mention I also loved the nod to Friday, F. Gary Gray's directorial debut if I remember correctly.

Spoiler:

"Hey Miss Parker!"

I enjoyed it overall but I did dislike the shaky cam during fight scenes. Just so not needed.

Veloxi wrote:
ccesarano wrote:
Spoiler:

Honestly, though, no interaction Vin Diesel has with a baby is going to top Jason Statham's trip through the airplane with the kid. That was great.

This might've been my favorite part of the whole thing.

Spoiler:

The goofy faces Statham made throughout were just wonderful. You can tell he was having a blast.
He really need to do more comedy.

He did start in comedies, didn't he? At least, the earliest stuff I remember watching him was in Guy Ritchie movies.

Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch were the first two films I recall him in, though they aren't "comedies" in a traditional sense. Black comedy, maybe, but there's still a sense of seriousness. First American film debut I saw him in was The One with Jet Li, where the world learned to never have Jason Statham attempt an American accent. That's where I was sold on his action movie potential, and I believe it was Crank that made him the star he is today.

So, yeah, his earliest works proved he has good comedic timing, but since then he's sort of been hired to be Mr. Tough Guy. Which, interestingly enough, isn't really how I saw him in Snatch (I don't remember enough of Lock Stock. Saw it once).

Snatch was the far better film.

slazev wrote:

He did start in comedies, didn't he?

Sorrrrrt of? Like ccesarano said, the movies he started in weren't so much comedies as they were heist movies with some comedic elements. It really was, for me, the Crank movies as well where I really began to enjoy his work.

If you wanna see his comedic chops on full blast, though, watch Spy. OMG he is so amazing in that.

For a different kind of laugh, watch him in In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

For a different kind of laugh, watch him in In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale.

Really man? C'mon. Really?

I remember Jason Statham first in The One, but for me, his true debut was in the Transporter series which came out 4 years before Crank started up.