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The seventh movie in the “Fast And Furious” series has Vin Diesel’s and Paul Walker’s crew under attack by Jason Statham, who plays the brother of the main bad guy that Diesel and Walker took down in the previous movie.  “Furious 7” opens with Statham leaving the hospital where his brother is in a coma; a hospital that Statham destroyed single handed, with bodies of special response team police lying dead and wounded.  This is a clue that we’re in for a violent, outrageous, ridiculous, extremely unrealistic, and entertaining movie.

Deciding to take the fight to this shadowy assassin/gangster/terrorist, the fast and furious crew travel the world to find and put a world of hurt to Statham.  But there is another part to this story: there is something called God’s Eye, which allows the user to usurp tech devices that have cameras and GPS to find anyone anywhere.  Statham has it, the CIA wants it, and the CIA is willing to help the fast and furious crew find Statham in return for retrieving the God’s Eye.   Game on.

One of my memorable, movie moments is the scene when mixed martial arts champion Rowdy Ronda Rousey fights Michelle Rodriguez.  Completely unbelievable, as Rodriguez’s character lasts for a few minutes against Rousey, and the fight was a draw.  I love Rousey, and I enjoy anything she’s in!

Another of my memorable moments of this movie is the scene when Dwayne Johnson is carrying a mini-gun ripped from a Predator drone and fires thousands of rounds at bad guys.  The problem is…based on the feeding belt that was attached to the mini-gun, it only had a couple of hundred rounds left.  Military advisers?  We don’t need no stinkin’ military advisers!  Oh, yes you do, director James Wan, yes you do.  But then again, “Furious 7” is basically a live-action cartoon, and not to be taken too seriously.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Furious 7” is the final scene.   SPOILER ALERT here, albeit not much of a spoiler as it is shown in the music video “See You Again.”  Walker and Diesel, each in his own car, say their final goodbyes, and they drive off, taking different paths.  The camera follows Walker’s white Toyota Supra, and pans upwards into the heavens.

Paul Walker, I’ve enjoyed your movies; and from what I’ve read, you were a good person.  May you be happy and at peace, surrounded by friends and relatives who have gone before you.

— M

Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and the rest of their Fast and Furious crew are recruited by the Feds to help apprehend another crew of criminals who use fast cars and high-tech gadgets to steal a device that can be used as a weapon to destroy entire countries.

Dwayne Johnson pays a visit to Diesel and tells Diesel that Michelle Rodriguez is still alive.  If Diesel helps Johnson with his problem, then Diesel can get a pardon for all the crimes he committed, plus possibly be reunited with his long, lost love, Rodriguez.   Johnson’s problem is as large as his pecs, so Diesel’s full crew are brought in to help; and they get pardons, too, for their troubles…if they succeed.

“Fast & Furious 6” is as entertaining as the majority of the movies in this series.  Sure, the over the top action sequences are unbelievable; but believability is not the point of this movie.  It’s about making the audience feel as if they’re strapped in these fast cars and doing triple digit speeds while committing or fighting crime.  And it’s not just about fast cars.  “Fast & Furious 6” is also about family and friendship, a theme that’s been embedded in this series since the first movie.  People who tell you that “The Fast and the Furious” movies are nothing but racing and explosions aren’t paying attention.  Underneath the outrageous stunts and pyrotechnics, there’s a large, beating heart.

“Fast & Furious 6” also has the most martial arts fights of the 6 movies, leading me to my most memorable moment of this movie: the scene when Tyrese Gibson and Sung Kang got their asses handed to them by one member of the enemy crew.  The bad guy was so good at fighting, Gibson and Kang were no match for him.  It was like watching 2 five-year-old girls fighting a grown man.

Oh, keep watching the end credits because a bonus scene is shown, which gives rise to the possibility of a 7th movie of this series.  I say “bring it.”  Because I like these movies.

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Two members of my crew: Ed and Joe.

M

 

The fifth of the “Fast And The Furious” movies takes us to Brazil where Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster and other franchise alumni are hiding out from the long arm of the U.S. law.  Money is tight, so Diesel’s crew decides to hijack sports cars that have been seized by U.S. Federal agents.  These cars were owned by the most powerful, Brazilian crime lord; and he hires Diesel and his gang to get his cars back, not because the crime lord is a fan of cars, but because one of the vehicles contains important information about his criminal business.   Unfortunately for Diesel and his crew, the crime lord is set to turn on them after the job is done.  Further adding to the misfortune of the fugitives, some of the Feds were killed by the crime lord’s thugs, and Diesel and Walker are blamed for the killings; and a super duper Fed played by The Rock and his crew of compression shirt-wearing agents are sent to bring them down.

One silver lining of the botched hijacking: Diesel has the special car with the important info; and he decides to use that info to rob the crime lord of all his cash.  But Diesel is going to need help with this huge robbery, so he and Walker bring to Brazil a larger crew comprised of major characters from the previous “Fast And The Furious” movies.   There’s Ludacris, whose acting ability is ludicrous; there’s Tyrese Gibson, whose teeth are the whitest in the movie business; (SPOILER ALERT HERE) there’s the Asian dude (Sung Kang) who died in the 3rd movie of the franchise (“The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift”), but is still alive in the 4th and 5th movie.  Huh?  Well, apparently the 5th movie takes place in the past, before movie number 3.  Anyway, I’m glad the Asian dude is around in movies 4 and 5, because he was the coolest character in the 3rd movie.   Plus he’s Asian, and us yellow people need to stick together.

“Fast Five” gives its target audience what it wants: cool, fast cars; illegal night races where women are half-naked and do not look like Rosie O’Donnell; gunfights; fistfights; and cars at WOT (that’s wide open throttle to you non-car folks) doing outrageous stunts.  Fans won’t be disappointed.  And if they are, it’s because certain cars that they wanted to see were not in the movie.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Fast Five” is the scene when Diesel makes a toast as his crew (one of whom is his pregnant sister) surrounds him.  He tells them that money comes and goes, but family is the most important thing.  Diesel isn’t just talking about blood relation, he also means close friends, ones you trust and love and can count on when things are going badly.

Damn right.  In my moments of sorrow, it’s the knowledge that I have relatives and best friends who care for me that gives me the strength to force the darkness out of my heart.

M

“The Fast And The Furious” is the 1st of the 5 movie franchise (soon to be a 6 movie franchise); and it has one of the better storylines of the series.  Although it has the least amount of action sequences of the 5 movies, it has the advantage of a simpler, slightly more believable plot.  Paul Walker plays an undercover cop sent to infiltrate a street racing culture that holds clues as to who is robbing tractor trailers with the use of heavily modded Honda Civics.  Vin Diesel plays the street racing hero who may or may not be the ringleader of the robbery crew.

Walker saves Diesel from getting arrested during a night of street racing, and both men quickly develop a friendship that brings Walker deeper into Diesel’s legal and illegal business.   Oh, Walker also falls for Jordana Brewster, who plays Diesel’s sister.  Apparently, Diesel’s business isn’t the only thing Walker gets deep into.  All these entanglements cloud Walker’s mind, making the cops and FBI agents handling the case wonder about Walker’s loyalties.

I’ve seen all 5 of the movies, and this first movie has the simplest car action sequences.  That’s not a knock.  I happen to prefer it, because it’s more realistic.   The next 4 movies have outrageous action sequences that mostly deserve cries of “b.s!”  Yes, they are highly entertaining, but in a cartoonish way.  Whatever your preference, if you like cars, you’ll like these movies.

“The Fast And The Furious” mostly feature small, import cars from Honda, Nissan, Toyota and Mazda.  We’re treated to only two muscle cars: a modded, Dodge Charger and a classic, Chevy Chevelle SS (the latter seen only after the end credits).  So if you like American muscle, this movie may not be for you.  I used to never like “ricers,” but since buying a 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T, I have a slightly better appreciation for them.  Of course, I still hate the ones that have those useless, extra loud exhaust; the non-functional, over sized and retarded rear wings; and shiny stickers advertising the parts that are supposedly in the car (even though it’s not believable the car has them because the rest of the car looks like garbage).  Despite the fact that my heart will always yearn for American muscle cars (classic and modern Camaros, Mustangs, Chargers, Challengers, GTOs, Trans-Ams), a good looking, fast car will always have my attention and love; and “The Fast And The Furious” certainly has many good-looking, fast cars in action.

My most memorable, movie moment of “The Fast And The Furious” is the scene when Diesel tells Walker that Diesel lives his life 1/4 mile at a time.  Nothing else matters.  For those 10 seconds or less — an extremely fast car will do the 1/4 mile in 10 seconds or less — he feels free.  Damn right.

For those who don’t understand a man’s love for his vehicle, let me set you straight: to most men, a car is the embodiment of freedom, power, and beauty.

M

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Me with my baby (2012 Genesis Coupe 2.0T) on the day I took her home.

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