Now that Brian and Mia have road off into the sunset together, the crew is off doing their own thing and living their lives as they wish, but when Dom (Vin Diesel) steals an EMP bomb from Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) declares that he has gone rogue. In reality, Dom is being blackmailed by a notorious cyber criminal named Cipher (Charlize Theron) who has his son hostage, and he must do anything she says or else he will be killed. Since the team is without their leader, Mr. Nobody tells Hobbs that he must work side by side with the last person he ever wants to see again, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), while the rest of the team tries to uncover what is going on with Dom.
I figured that when Paul Walker died that the series would be coming to a close after this movie, and with a name like “Fate of the Furious,” it only made sense that this would be the conclusion. However, it was announced that in 2019 the 9th installment will be coming! So don’t expect any sad goodbyes here! Oh and if you are reading this and have no idea what I’m talking about, this is the 8th movie in a long series that started in 2001, click here.
As far as the movie goes, this is just another juggernaut in the series since Fast Five as the crew keeps getting bigger and louder. With the departure of Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster, new faces have been added. Nathalie Emmanuel and Kurt Russell are back from Furious 7 and Scott Eastwood now joins the team as an FBI rookie who is extremely green. Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris are also back in full force as the comic relieve of the bunch and The Rock is back in a bigger role from the last movie.
If there is one thing I can say about this franchise is that each movie has something huge and memorable about its ending (Vault Heist, Tank & Military Plane, Helicopter chase with God’s Eye) and this one is no exception. Talk about ridiculous crazy action that will entertain and awe any crowd! It loved it and this movie fits right in with the rest. The beginning might be a little slow and that race at the very beginning is stupid in terms of acting, but once Dom turns rogue, things move in the right direction. Plus, it is always a good thing when old characters return!
At the end of the day, the people who love this franchise are going to love this movie and the people who can’t get into crazy action and fast cars, well, you aren’t going to find anything special here. I welcome more to this series and enjoyed this from (almost) beginning to end! Co-starring Michelle Rodriguez, Luke Evans, and Helen Mirren.
8/10 Stars – The series is still fun and fresh as the stunts get crazier and louder! Plenty of high speed entertainment!
When 5 high school teenagers find 5 colored stones in an abandoned part of town, they wake to find they have super powers. They can jump long distances and they have extraordinary strength, but they have no idea why. They soon discover that they are the Power Rangers and must save the world from evil Rita (Elizabeth Banks) and her giant golden creature.
I grew up a generation behind the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers so I have zero connection to this group or the show. My group of choice for crazy teen crime fighters was (and still is) the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and I have a feeling because of that franchise’s reboot, the Power Rangers got their shot. Did it pay off?
First thing I will say is that this movie is a pure origins story. It has the basic formula – troubled loner youths, discover ancient artifacts, become powerful and arrogant, experience tragedy, bond together and harness powers for the greater good. It isn’t anything new or special due to the vast amounts of Marvel origins films, and the fact that all of the Rangers are no-name actors doesn’t help. The reboot of the Ninja Turtles felt like something that was geared towards the youth of today but also for the 30 year olds who grew up with turtles. However, this reboot feels like a movie made by teens for teens. This movie is quite juvenile and I don’t see anyone who was a fan of the TV show automatically loving this.
As far as a movie goes, most of the scenes are quite dark and uneventful. The action doesn’t pick up until the last 30 minutes of the movie when things actually begin to be fun. I can see where a sequel to this could be really interesting since it would be 2 hours of action, but since this movie is lacking in the hero department, it suffers. The only bright spot of this who movie was Elizabeth Banks and when she becomes a focus at the end, her one liners steal the show. “How cute, the Rangers found their costumes and their Dino-cars” is one such example and it had me laughing out loud big time!
At the end of the day, if this movie is the start of something bigger, I will welcome it and hope it succeeds, however, because of so many other superhero origins stories, this movie is pretty plain and boring to the point that it could have and should have moved at a faster pace. This movie drags its feet too much to the point that people will check out before it can get to the good stuff. I might be wrong, but I don’t see true Power Ranger fans praising this movie. It really felt like that crappy reboot of Fantastic 4 from 2 years ago which is really sad. Co-starring Dacre Montgomery, Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston, Ludi Lin, Naomi Scott, Becky G and RJ Cyler.
5/10 Stars – Might have a fun ending, but the slow, dark and redundant origins story of the first 90 minutes is a drag.
In a future not far from now (even though it sure looks pretty far off), humans have begun to cyber-enhance themselves to the point of uploading and downloading thoughts and feelings directly into the brain. Major Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson) is the first person to even have her brain taken out of dead body and live on in a robotic shell. She was “killed” by cyber terrorists and now works to fight against the very acts that changed her life, but everything isn’t as it seems and Major slowly discovers the truth of who she really is.
The concept, setting, atmosphere, and special effects in this movie are awesome and spot-on to create a futuristic world that reminds me of a mash-up of Blade Runner and the Deus Ex Human Revolution video game. From the visual aspect, The Ghost in the Shell is stunning and something that will suck you in. Unfortunately, the story isn’t enough to keep the journey going. The story is simple yet overly complex and for many, it will have you saying “huh?” quite a bit. When I say simple yet complex, I mean that the arching story of the movie is pretty simple and unoriginal, but the way in which it is presented on a detailed level can go right over your head. It might be because of the sci-fi/cybernetic lingo was too much for me (and I played video games based on this kind of thing) or because it isn’t spelled out very easy. This movie definitely will need a second viewing to understand everything, however, I’m not sure it deserves that. For as simple as the main story is, it sure moves at a slow pace. Some of the scenes and concepts are redundant and much of this movie could be shaved down to save time. One might argue that after the movie is shaved down, they should then insert better action and interesting story elements than what is already there.
For what it is worth, The Ghost in the Shell is an average movie and isn’t horrible. The beauty of the world you are in might cover up the flaws in the story, but for some that might not matter. I lost interest about half way through because I liked what was going on with the story, but the second half went in a completely different direction and it no longer was appealing to me. Maybe it is because I know nothing about The Ghost in the Shell Manga, but I could take or leave this film.
At the end of the day, Ghost in the Shell is for people who like to look at pretty things while action and story suffer for it. Ok, yes the action is decent, but as I said before, so many other cyber punk universes do this better. As I mentioned, this movie really does feel like Deus Ex Human Revolution: The Movie just inserting Major for Adam Jenson. I can’t tell you if you are going to like this movie or not because I still can’t figure out if I would watch this again, but for what it is worth, the premise and the idea behind this was enough for me to give it a try. Maybe you should too. Co-starring Pilou Asbaek, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt, Chin Han, and Danusia Samal.
6/10 Stars – I can’t call this movie bad from its great visuals, but the story is muddled and complicated for no reason and the action is merely ok.
Tim is a 7 year old kid who lives with his parents and new baby brother, however, his brother isn’t what he seems. First off, his brother arrives in a taxi wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase. Instantly Tim knows something isn’t right and the sibling rivalry is on, but when his infant brother begins to talk, Tim can’t help but be shocked. His brother tells him that he is a spy on a secret mission to keep babies cuter than puppies because apparently that is a problem to worry about where they live.
From the advertisement for this movie, it looked like it was going to be as bad as Smurfs, Garfield or Scooby-Doo, because they focus so much on “the Boss Baby,” however, this movie is about brothers bonding and doing something together as they learn to love and appreciate each other. The focus on Tim is quite high and that seemed to be something left out of the marketing, and for some adults, that might have affected their decision to take their kids to see this.
Don’t get me wrong, even though this isn’t garbage, it still isn’t Pixar quality story telling. Alec Baldwin is a perfect voice for Boss Baby and the banter he has with Tim is quite funny at times. Yes, there were moments I laughed out loud so that has to say something, but there still are many parts that had me rolling my eyes due to the stupidity. Just like Trolls, I think this is a movie that adult can handle once with their kids, and then never see it again. At the end of the day, this is a movie to purely watch with your kids, but be careful or they will want to watch it over and over and over… so think twice before showing this to them. Co-starring the voices of Jimmy Kimmel, Miles Bakshi, Tobey Maguire and Steve Buscemi.
5/10 Stars – It wasn’t Pixar, but it also wasn’t garbage. Adults can handle this maybe 1 time through but your kids will get hooked, so beware!
Based off the famous TV show series, Chips surrounds FBI agent Frank Poncherello (Michael Pena) who is undercover looking for crooked cops. He is partnered with Jon Baker (Dax Shepard) who is an ex-biker that barely makes it into the Highway Patrol and is desperate to make a good impression. Together they fight, laugh and getting on each other’s nerves as they try to figure out who is killing cops before the next officer falls victim.
Chips is yet another buddy cop film that is more about the partnership than the story, and I’m getting sick of them. Michael Pena and Dax Shepard have good chemistry and are enjoyable to watch, but were these 2 guys really the choices they had to pick from? The bickering between the guys gets old real quick but after the first 20 minutes of the movie, that seems to subsides a little.
As I stated before, the story here is pointless and towards the end, hard to follow. It gets quite convoluted and makes very little sense. The only reason to see this film is for Michael Pena and Dax Shepard and even then, they aren’t THAT funny. In fact, I’m not sure if I laughed out loud at all.
At the end of the day, Chips is nothing new or special and will easily be forgotten about. It isn’t that funny and the story is hard to follow as it moves along, but the one saving grace is that Michael Pena and Dax Shepard have good chemistry and are fun to watch together. At this point, it’s up to you on whether you want to waste your time with this dumb crap. Co-starring Kristen Bell, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jessica McNamee, Ryan Hansen and Adam Brody.
5/10 Stars – This movie isn’t horrible nor hard to watch, but it isn’t that funny and the chemistry between the leads isn’t enough to make the story work.
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