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Movie Review: The Fate Of The Furious

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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!

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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.

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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.

Grade: C-

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Check Out The Action-Packed Trailer For ‘Mission: Impossible Fallout’

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Tom Cruise reprises his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt in Mission Impossible: Fallout, the latest movie in the Mission Impossible series, and as you can see from this trailer, the movie delivers more of the same stunts, explosions and ridiculously dangerous things that keep us coming back for more, even after all of these years.

In Mission Impossible: Fallout, when an IMF mission ends badly, the world is faced with dire consequences. As Ethan Hunt takes it upon himself to fulfill his original briefing, the CIA begins to question his loyalty and motives. Hunt finds himself in a race against time, hunted by assassins and former allies while trying to prevent a global catastrophe.

Returning cast members include Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris, Rebecca Ferguson, and Michelle Monaghan. Joining the dynamic cast are newcomers Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby, with writer/director Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm.

Mission Impossible: Fallout blasts into theaters on July 27th, 2018.

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Watch The Terrifying Final ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Trailer

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Universal Pictures just released the final trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World, which is set to stampede into theaters on June 22nd, 2017.

It’s been 4 years since Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment, and Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. But when the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire must rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

But that’s not all. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition discovers that a shadowy arms company has created a genetically-engineered dinosaur called the Indoraptor, described as “the most dangerous creature that ever walked the earth,” that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times!

Naturally, it’s up to Owen and Claire to save the world, because as Dr. Malcolm wisely reflects, “those creatures were here before us and if we’re not careful they’re going to be here after us.”

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for this!

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Watch The Official Trailer For ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

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Disney has released the official trailer for their upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, giving us fans a peek at the next standalone installment of the Star Wars franchise. Like many of you, I was a little hesitant about a Han Solo origin story.

But after watching this trailer, I’m all in!

The trailer for Solo opens with young Han being recruited for a job. He tells Tobias Beckett that he’s a driver and that he’s waited a long time for a shot like this. Becket warns him that once he joins, he’s part of this life forever. And so it begins.

Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars sagas most unlikely heroes.

We wish we could just make the jump to May 25th already when Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters, but this trailer will have to tide us over until then.

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