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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

Director: Yipin Lin
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Luke Evans, Michelle Rodriguez
Genre: Action

As if swanky cars weren’t enough, Fast and Furious now have ‘Tank’ rampaging the roads—and, you are in for one hell of a ride! 

Fast and Furious 6 (2013)
Yipin (Justin) Lin nails another F&F movie. The 6th installment doesn’t just pick the tempo where Fast 5 concluded; it gets bigger too, and straightaway—no lag on plot development or character insights as it is already all set. From scene one you have fast cars in action, trailblazing through some beautiful locales.  

F&F also provides what was amiss in Fast 5—a real villain of credibility in Shaw (Luke Evans), well supported by his sidekicks who match (even betters) Dom’s crew blow-by-blow, i.e., until the climax of course.

Action in the film, as it was supposed to, overshadows all other aspect of the film but comedy, overall acting, editing, camera work, special effects, etc. gel well in this in this high octane showdown.       

All in all, a perfect summer blockbuster for action buffs.  

If the sneak-peek of F&F is anything to go by then the F&F 7 is going to be even ‘massiver’—the newest addition (current tycoon of action films) to cast/franchise certainly indicates so!

What more. Being a huge fan of Diesel’s ‘Riddick’, I hope the success of F&F avails him enough riches to decently market/promote another potent, niche-focused, action/adventure franchise of his.


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Director: J.J. Abrams
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saladana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg
Genre: Action/Adventure/Sci-fi

Enterprise NCC-1701 continues its spacial adventure at warp speed.

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
Star Trek 2 springs into action straightaway with two completely different personalitiesyet most compatiblein the thick of it. Kirk-Spock once again create magic with their unmatched chemistry; and helm the Enterprise throughout the film. They are well by supported by Bones, Scotty, Uhura, Sulu, Pike, and newly added Admiral and Khan. The strongest aspects of film, that will impact the Trekkies most, are: 
  • Kirk’s undying love of his familythe Crew of Enterprise, and
  • Spock’s unbreakable bond with his captain—severance of which is one of the few things that induce explicit emotions in the inherently uptight Vulcan. 
Kirk’s desperation/sacrifice to save his crew and Spock venting his anger at Kirk’s demise showcases both these aspects beautifully. Scotty and Bones are also there to lighten up the atmosphere every now and then, with decent comic touches. 

Only slight disappointment is under-utilizing, under-developing the character of superhuman 'Kahn Noonien Singh' (like it happened with Nero in previous installation)—Benedict Cumberbatch certainly showed he could match up to the 'Khan' of Ricardo Montalb├ín, if not better him.

When J.J. Abrams revived Star Trek, it definitely seemed like beginning of next big Hollywood venture that will be deemed an epic in years to come, and Trekkies should be happy to see a steady sequel following up a super successful re-launch of 2009. Of course, the film isn’t as magnificent as the first one, but it keeps the old fans engaged and opens the doors of Starfleet to a new crop of younger fans. 

Without a doubt, the new generation of Trekkies will enjoy the company of Bones, Scotty, Uhura, Sulu, Pike, along with Captain Kirk and First Officer Spock in upcoming films; all the while, BGM of Star Trek rushing their adrenaline.

Film is technically sound too, especially the post-production 3D job is quite commendable.  
What more, the tone has been set for the next film. At the end, Khan is put into a cryogenic-sleep and Enterprise embarks on a never-before-like 5 year-long exploration mission.

Keep your eyes and ears open for a cryptic signal from/to deep space!
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