Remember back when The Fast and the Furious franchise was about car racing, the tuning scene, and stolen DVD players? The first few movies were classics in my eyes (even Tokyo Drift). But in an attempt to cater to a larger audience, the F&F franchise shifted dramatically (see what I did there?), turning the happy-go-lucky gang of racers into a globetrotting espionage super team fighting to save the world.
The recent chapters of the Fast and Furious saga have gotten downright ridiculous, but none of them hold a candle to The Fate Of The Furious, which we had a chance to screen last night.
So the movie starts out with Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) celebrating their honeymoon in Cuba. The sun is shining, there are a bevy of classic cars on display, not to mention tons of girls wearing barely anything while they shake their asses to some bass-heavy Cuban pop. So far, so good.
But when Toretto’s younger cousin gets into trouble with a bad hombre, Dom steps in and suggests that they settle this with a street race, winner take all. The problem? It’s a stacked race, and Dom’s got no chance of winning.. unless he can make a turbo out of a Coke can. “You’re going to blow up the engine,” screams Letty. “It’s only gotta last for a mile,” says Dom, with that cocky grin on his face. Hilarity ensues, with Dom finishing the race backwards, car on fire, before it plunges into the ocean!
Sadly, that was the extend of the racing. From there, it’s basically The Expendables with cars, with the gang off to Germany to retrieve a stolen IED. Because in the wrong hands, it could cripple a large city’s power grid. The only problem? While in Cuba, Dom was approached by the notorious hacker, Cipher (Charlize Theron), who has information she uses against Dom in order to get him to turn against his team.
The rest of the movie is a big game of cat-and-mouse, with the team rushing to catch Dom and Cipher before they unleashe chaos on the world’s stage. The chase leads them to New York City, where we witness one of the must ludicrous chase scenes ever filmed, with Cipher “hacking” thousands of cars and taking control of them remotely. Chaos ensues, with cars driving out of showrooms, flying off of parking structures, crashing through buildings, and swarming the streets. Ridiculous!
The chase eventually leads the team to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, where they attempt to outrun a nuclear submarine as they race across a frozen lake. Of course, Roman (Tyrese Gibson) is driving a bright orange Lamborghini, which spins out of control because he forgot about winter tires. Oh yeah, and Hobbes (Dwayne Johnson) catches a torpedo with his bare hands while hanging out the door of a moving truck.
I have no doubt that The Fate of the Furious will rake in a boatload of money at the box office, possibly even breaking some records in the process, as this kind of mindless mayhem seems to appeal to many. But for me, the franchise has just strayed too far from it’s roots, and after 16 years with the gang, I’m calling it quits.
AMC Theatres Goes After MoviePass With New $20/Mo Subscription Plan
Awhile back, we told you about MoviePass, the subscription service that lets you see a movie a day for $9.95 a month. At the time, naysayers said that this was an unsustainable model, and that the company was doomed.
But clearly they must have been doing something right, as AMC Theatres is taking a page from their playbook, launching their own subscription service called AMC Stubs A-List, which rolls into theaters on June 26th.. at a cost of $19.95 a month.
Now here’s where it gets a little confusing.. AMC’s service is twice as expensive as MoviePass, you’re limited to three movies per week, and you can only go to AMC Theatres. So why exactly is this a good deal?
“We believe that our current and future loyal guests will be interested in this type of program, as AMC Stubs A-List rewards guests with something that no one else offers,” said Adam Aron, CEO and president of AMC Theatres, in the press release. “AMC Stubs A-List is AMC’s next evolution of delivering amazing benefits to our loyal customers, and we’re excited to continue to grow the program by leaps and bounds.”
According to the press release, the only real benefit over MoviePass is the fact that you can see movies in IMAX, Dolby Cinema, and Real 3-D, which are typically off-limits with MoviePass. It also gives you access to the normal benefits of the pre-existing AMC Stubs Premiere program, including “no online ticketing fees” and “significant food and beverage savings.”
So if you’re someone who enjoys watching movies in 3D or IMAX, lives near an AMC Theatres, doesn’t plan on seeing 5-7 movies a week, and likes their popcorn, then the AMC Stubs A-List plan isn a pretty good deal, especially considering that a single movie will set you back $12 or more these days.
What do you think about the AMC Stubs A-List subscription service?
Check Out The Official Teaser Trailer For ‘Bumblebee’
With Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s disappointing performance and lackluster fan reception, you’ve heard the term Star Wars fatigue being thrown around lately. People have been complaining about that with the Transformers movies for a while now as well, myself included. So how do you reinvigorate a franchise about transforming robots?
You ditch those Michael Bay explosions and over-the-top plot lines and you focus on a single Transformer, making the plot more intimate. And if the Bumblebee trailer is any indication, you also give this story more of an 80’s Steven Spielberg flair.
As we can see from the trailer, it’s 1987, and a young woman (Hailee Steinfeld) has discovered a discarded Beetle in bad condition. Heck, it even has a beehive inside, which explains the roots of his name. She takes the car home, starts fixing it up, and in the process she activates something that brings the Transformer to life.
It won’t surprise anyone that the pair become fast friends, and it looks like they will be on the run from Sector 7’s Transformer-hunter, Agent Burns (played by John Cena). There will still be explosions and action, just not on that dizzying Michael Bay level. And that looks like it will be very refreshing for this series.
If they keep going retro and get back to the roots of the Transformers, we could have a popular Transformers series that is much deeper than what we’re used to.
Check out the trailer above and let us know what you think about Bumblebee.
4 Of The Most Anticipated Movies Of The Summer
There has never been a better time to be a movie fan, as this summer has quite a number of highly-anticipated releases headed for the big screen. So which ones are worth ponying up for at the box office, and which ones are you better off waiting for to come out on DVD? We’re here to give you a quick rundown of four of the biggest movies coming out this year that you absolutely have to experience for yourself on the big screen, with popcorn in hand.
So sit back and enjoy, but be forewarned. If you’re a student, you may want to find a site that has essay papers for sale, and if you’re an office worker, you might want to give up the hopes of that promotion. Because you’re going to be glued to your seats waiting for these movies.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
It’s crazy to think that the Jurassic Park series started way back in 1993. That movie seems like a long time ago compared to the last one! Jurassic World saw Chris Pratt square off against a whole bunch of dangerous dinosaurs. And there must be something that audiences love about these huge and scary creatures, as they are coming back around for a sequel!
Four years after the Jurassic World theme park was closed down, Owen and Claire return back to Isla Nublar to save the dinosaurs when they learn that a formerly dormant volcano on the island is active and is threatening to extinguish all life there. Along the way, Owen sets out to find Blue, the last of the Velociraptors that he trained, and discovers a conspiracy that could disrupt the natural order of the entire planet. This is sure to be a wild ride.
Ant-Mat and the Wasp
In 2015’s Ant-Man, we watched Paul Rudd don his super-suit, which let him shrink down in size while increasing in strength, thus allowing him to pull off a heist to help save the world. Now everyone’s favorite microscopic superhero is back for a long-awaited sequel.
As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.
Didn’t we just have a Jungle Book movie? Yes, Jon Favre brought everyone’s favorite childhood story to life a few years back, but this one is all new, with Andy Serkis taking the directorial reigns. The story follows Mowgli (played by Rohan Chand), and his adventures through the jungle of India. He’ll run into characters played by the likes of Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Mowgli will have to find his way through the dangerous jungles, and might just come to face to face with his real heritage and ancestry. A great, wild adventure film that will definitely get your pulse racing.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Yes, another movie in the X-Men franchise! There’ve been so many, it’s honestly getting hard to remember where they all started, right! In this latest movie, Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix.
Now Magneto, Professor X, and the rest of the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world. This should be a battle for the ages, and we’re counting down the days until it’s release.
So there you have it, four highly-anticipated movies that have got us and the rest of the world on the edges of our seats, waiting with baited breath for the next little snippet of information to be released.
Which one of these movies are you most excited to go see when they hit the theaters?