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Furious Seven (2015)
When Too much of everything ruins the party
Sure, a lot of people are going to like cars falling out of the sky. Sure they going to like things blowing up over and over again. Some will find "Awesome" the special effects. Most will.
Not me. The fast and furious franchise has gone trough some changes since it first installment. Since the return of the original cast in the fourth movie, the tone has changed, and "popcorn" action privileged over a strong story. But it was well done. Still keeping the "buddy-touch" the charismatic characters, raising one from the death in the 6 th movie, and also keeping some sentiment.
But every movie, kept going in a stronger direction of "you not believe what you will see", but also in more and more nonsense. As the balance was still fine in the fourth, the fifth had just some "over the top" situations, The 6 th, was for me limit of "believable moments", but OK, it was still fun.
Now, the movie in unbelievable from start to end. The situations are so overdone, and have no gram of realism. On the contrary what happen to Paul Walker in real life, the can fall from heights, crashed in cars many time, they will all be running around as nothing ever happen. Action is fine with me, but please give us a story we can believe in!
Then I not know how Paul Walker death affected the final result. First, on many occasions, I had the impression it was not him, which of course is true. The theft of the car in the building, the fight with the Thai movie-star, Walker's face was either not really visible, or then not realistic, like a video game character. Sure, because of the circumstances, still well done, but visible.
Where it affects probably the most is the "buddy feeling" of the movie and the dialogs between him and "Vin Diesel", were almost non existent. Vin is deciding everything, Walker, is just there to execute, probably because, their conversations were not all shot yet. And that is more difficult to artificially create, when people are not running or driving around.
Loud Fireworks, crashing cars, a lot of action, not always make an exiting movie, like mentioned before, especially when what is happening is so much over the top. You not fear for your heroes any more, because, and I not say this ironically, they are not people of flesh and blood any more, but super heroes like Superman, that seem stronger then a normal human being. And that was for me the strength of F&F before, just ordinary guys, getting in a difficult situation.
Not to be missed for "classic movie " lovers
This a truly great film. It shows what people are capable of. For the good and for the bad. I not understand that this film is not quoted higher on IMDb. The story is simple, but acting is top not, every character is believable. It also works on different layers. It is a crime story, a tensed thriller, and even although the hard images, also surprisingly a "feel good movie". And it has a message, how bad people can be, there is always hope, when there are also people, who do the "right thing". When all you see in the movies today, is digital effects, really nonsense, action that goes so fast that you not even can follow what is happening, this is what cinema is all about, good story, that keeps you on the edge of your seat, about what is going to be happening next.
Vehicle 19 (2013)
Why all the hate? Entertaining, just a bit disappointing end
I actually enjoyed the movie. It gave you well the insecurity about being a foreigner in South - Africa. If all bad things happen to you, how to out of this mess, in a foreign country. The characters are a bit shallow, but then this is just a simple story.
Without being a great movie, it isn't, it kept me well entertained. yes there are plot holes, but on the hole, you are always wondering what is going to be next.
I would have even given it a 7, if the end was not disappointing, and it seemed, that it was rushed into. Many questions about Paul Walker's character stay unanswered, and you feel like something is missing. A bit more explanation. Not that it matter that much, as you not NEED to know to understand his motifs.
People Like Us (2012)
I watch almost every day a movie. But sometimes I wonder if I still like movies. So many deceptions boring evenings. When I love every style, if it is well done.
So this was refreshing. What a pleasure to see Michelle Pfeifer, even in a small part. What a lesson of humanity, what a sensible movie.
When I see it result at the box office, it makes me want to cry! Adult entertainment in a positive way. Refreshing, sensible and with a lot of heart.
Watch this if you are not a teenager and in loud movies, but if you like to see something where the heart is beating!
Henry's Crime (2010)
Cannot understand any good review of this!
Honestly, boring story, bad script, no magic what so ever between the actors, and for me one of the worst movies I have seen this year! I know Reeves is not the greatest actor of the world, but I never saw such a dull hero! OK his character IS dull, but his face does not show any expression, and his co-star is really irritating.
The only thing that saves the movie is the performance of James Caan. The man grew old, but he has 100 x more charisma then Reeves! Boring story, boring actor, BORING is the key word of this waste of time! On top of that nothing is believable, and you cannot imagine that these 2 have any attraction towards each other!
The Secret Life of Words (2005)
Not so bad, not so good!
This movie is particular. It has great actors, the idea is good, but there are flaws.
That the movie is a bit slow did not bother me, except that I was already tired this evening. The problem is that although a theme with great dramatic impact, is treated a bit too simplistic.
All the impact is about 2 things that take too much time to develop. I did not saw it in the theater so, I could see the last scene again.
There is no doubt about the ending. Her trauma is obvious, as the girl mentioned in the movie was not her friends, but her own.
It is about that life has to go own after terrible things you did, or had to do. Flaws it has, but it is a movie that makes you think, about all what can happen in a persons life, and how to cope with it.
12 and Holding (2005)
Sensible and so realistic
This is a great movie, everybody should see. Sensible subjects like overweight, the loss of a child, do not seem like fun.
But this is treated so delicately, with even humor, that I can only recommend it. A
All the actors are marvelous their characters so real.
There are the twins, one is favourised by their parents The lonely girl; who never sees her father. The "fat boy", who wants to change his life.
Puberty is calling, and their life is going to change...
The movie is not treated "a Larry King way", but is sensitive without overdoing it.
One of the best movies I have seen lately!