Best movies of Rock
Posted 2017-10-11 17:47:58
The director, James Wan, sends cars repeatedly airborne and seems himself to marvel at the results; the movie's real subject is the stunt work, but its stars' authentic chemistry lends melody to its relentless beat. "Furious 7" could have come across as ghoulish, but it's not until the very end that we're reminded of Walker's fate, and the filmmakers handle it with taste and respect. The only grace note in this otherwise determinedly graceless movie is the classy way Walker's exit is handled. To say more is to say too much.
That force of chaotic and unsatisfiable desire that Freud called the id is much closer to the surface in a movie like "Fast Five" than ever before in action-cinema history, and part of Lin's peculiar genius is that he barely tries to conceal it. The whole thing progresses to one of the looniest heists of all time. The result is the most exciting, visually jazzy, and absurd entry in the series. As the summer of 2011 approaches with the speed of a souped-up Dodge Charger, I'm going to take my action-movie blessings where I can find them.
FAST & FURIOUS 6
Some of the action sequences are insane. No, really. Absurd, impossible, physics-defying, triage-required stuff. No matter. That's the foolish rush of a franchise that must go faster and faster and more furious and more furious. And while director Justin Lin's eye for the flamboyant makes the film less credible, it's not fun to watch even as you shake your head at the absolutely bogus action scenes. Diesel's mega-bass voice and the slo-mo charisma with which he delivers those bass lines have resulted in a series that got more popular in its fifth and sixth installments.
The window-smashing and car-crashing offer some giddy surprises, but the ridiculous yet bland gunplay is as generic as the setup. No one can steal the show from Johnson and Hart. Their dual rhythms, alternately laid back and hyperactive, end up in a glorious and ridiculous kind of syncopation, unicorn-like in its rarity and oddness. Central Intelligence won't blow you out of the theater, but you might be surprised at how well it works - how genuinely funny it is - given the familiarity of this concept.
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS
A good car the series needs all of its parts to work. And also like a car, if you keep adding more parts, it only works better. Just when the Fast-and-the-Furious-on-Ice finale threatens to drag on past the point of action-setpiece endurance, director F. Gary Gray has the grace to send a supercar from heaven as an actual answer to prayer. The Fate of the Furious offers everything you might want from the series, but those offerings are beginning to look ever so slightly stale. If the fate of the Furious series is to grow somehow both wearier and dumber with age, then the eighth film is proof of a mission firmly accomplished. And there's no shame, Vin, in hanging it all up after a job well done.