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.
7 Famous Movie Locations To Visit In Australia
Who wants to spend their next vacation in the land down under? Where women glow and men plunder? Good choice. Australia is a beautiful continent with some amazing sights to see. This distant land has some amazing people and nature, not to mention a rich cultural history. You won’t run out of sights to see and things to do in this part of the world. Films like Mad Max, Babe, Dead Calm and countless others have been filmed there.
If you are a movie fan, Australia offers many special treasures that you absolutely can’t afford to miss. The continent has a rich history in the movies, as many filmmakers choose to shoot scenes or even full movies there. It’s no wonder, since Australia has such a diverse variety of environments. Here are just a sampling of what the area offers tourists. On your next trip to Australia, try to see as many of these as you can. You won’t regret it.
Who could forget the psychological thriller starring Australia native and all-around beauty Nicole Kidman? The city of Cairns is known for its waterfront views of the Great Barrier Reef. It is Australia’s natural wonder and considered one of the seven wonders of the world. The Great Barrier Reef has over 100 islands. You can book a cruise and admire its beauty up close and personal. The movie may have been dark, but it was filmed in a paradise. This is a visit that you won’t ever forget.
Melbourne – Mad Max (1979)
The 1979 apocalyptic film Mad Max was filmed in and around Melbourne, Australia. This is the movie that started it all, and the landscape is as much a star as Mel Gibson himself. The first movie alone has many memorable locations that you can still visit today, so snag yourself a car from Gumtree and live out your wildest Mad Max fantasies. Some fan has made a great list of locations, which you can see here.
Movies don’t get any more Australian than Crocodile Dundee… at least from an American’s perspective. There are a few notable locations from this iconic movie, but you just need to get to Kakadu National Park. This is the place that made us fall in love with the real outback on their movie screens. It is absolutely breathtaking and like other sites in Australia, it will take your breath away. So crack open a Foster’s beer and take it all in.
Mundi Mundi Plains – Priscilla Queen of the Desert (1994)
You know Mundi Mundi Plains. It is a vast and barren red expanse that resembles Mars. Both Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Mad Max 2 were filmed here. Do you remember now? Barren, yes. But absolutely gorgeous. These plains stretch out for an eternity so that it appears that you can see the curve of the Earth. There’s a town nearby called Silverton that has a Mad Max museum, and as far as I’m concerned that is a must to visit. You have to experience this. And it is said that watching sunsets here is a life-changing event.
Bare Island – Mission Impossible 2 (2000)
Photograph: Wikimedia / Adam.J.W.C.
If you’ve seen Mission Impossible 2 then you know that some of the action sequences were filmed around the Sydney coastline in the Bare Island area. It’s another location worth visiting and in this case, you get to see the Australian coast up close and personal. Bare Island used to be a war veterans’ home and museum and now it is a historic site. Take a cruise and you’ll be able to take in the scenery in the best way possible.
Sydney – The Great Gatsby (2013)
The Great Gatsby filmed many scenes in and around Sydney, including the luxurious building that is the International College of Management, which is located in Manly. Otherwise known as Gatsby’s Mansion, where amazing parties were thrown. In fact, not a single scene in this movie was filmed in the US. Shooting a New York story in Australia? Now that is movie magic!
Southern Highlands – Babe (1995)
Who could forget the story of Babe the pig? The adorable pig was the star of the movie, but the stunning landscape had a co-starring role. Those rolling green hills in the Southern Highlands make for a perfect road trip to see them for yourself. Who knows? You might even run into a pig. Well, probably not, but you’ll have a great time regardless. Here you will find a touch of old England, because some of the towns are modelled after English villages and it is all set against green landscapes.
As you can see, there are plenty of great places for movie buffs to check out in Australia. Just make sure you load up your tablet with a LOT of movies for the trip down there, because it’s definitely a long flight!
Here’s The Awesome First Trailer For ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’
Get excited Godzilla fans, because the Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer just dropped at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, and it looks freaking awesome!
Like many of you, I assumed Godzilla was a standalone movie.. until the post-credits scene in King Kong: Skull Island proved me wrong. Turns out, they’re just getting started.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history. The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy.
Humanity’s fate hangs in the balance when Godzilla: King of the Monsters hits theaters next year on May 31, 2019.
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?