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The Fast Five [2011]

“New Location, New Characters, New Rides” Easily the best car movie of the year, The Fast Five will have you shifting to the fifth gear shortly after watching it. The story unfolds after Mia [Brewster] and O’Connor [Walker] broke Dom [Diesel] out of custody. Being in the most wanted list, the trio fled from the U.S. across the border as top-priority fugitives. Soon, they found themselves rounding up an elite team for another grand heist to get enough money to buy their own freedom. The problem is that the U.S. Government appointed the best tracking agent, Luke Hobbs [Johnson], to hunt all of them down. And Dom’s team is also up against the most powerful man in Brazil, Reyes [de Almeida], the guy who’s money they’re about to steal. Since the beginning of the film franchise, the quality of the story in each movie had grown less and less believable. The plot had consequently grown weaker as well, almost on the verge of desperation to piece the franchise together into a coherent series of events. Also, the script is a bit tacky, depending heavily on macho cliché one-liners and corny car puns. Even so, what it lacks in sense is clearly made up with its high-octane action sequences. The only aspect of this film that elevated it to the point of being awesome is the action. Surprisingly though, one...

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Tron: Legacy (2010)

An understandable blockbuster but misses out greatly on what could have been. Tron: Legacy is a futuristic 3D movie of a stunning digital world, visually incomparable to any other film of the same genre. As the title reveals, it is a continuation of the 1982 version of Tron which also stars Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn. The story revolves around Kevin’s son, Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), who is haunted by his father’s mysterious disappearance 21 years ago, back when Kevin was still the CEO of ENCOM International. Sam’s search for his father sent him back to his father’s office at the old Flynn’s Arcade. There, Sam discovered a secret room which led him to the basement of the building and after investigating the room and checking his father’s old computer; a digitizing machine was accidentally activated which sends him automatically inside the Grid, a program his father created. Inside that program, Sam discovers an awe inspiring yet dangerous new world led by Clu (a digital clone of the younger Kevin Flynn), who has a perverted view of the perfect world. Admittedly, Tron: Legacy is a benchmark for revolutionary concepts in cinematography. Every moment inside the Grid (and off Grid) was a ground-breaking design masterpiece. From the landscape to the weapons to the suits to the transportations, everything was dramatically minimalistic but comes with the greatest of impact upon the...

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Deathly hallows is far from the fireworks display of the first Harry Potter Movie. True to the nature of the book, this film adaptation is dark and uncertain. Director David Yates once again delivered a solid installment after the success of the Half-Blood Prince. Part one follows Harry, Hermoine and Ron (Radcliffe, Watson and Grint) as they become the primary target of a powerful organization lead by Lord Voldemort (Fiennes). The three were tasked by the late Dumbledore to find the missing Horcruxes in order to defeat the dark lord. The problem arose when they realized that the trail of clues in finding the Horcrux leads to many dead ends and more trouble. With the Death Eaters hot on their trail and with an impossible task on their shoulders, the trio’s friendship is put under the ultimate test. Avid fans of the book will certainly agree that the laggy and somewhat tiresome pacing of the film is necessary in giving justice to the last novel though others disagree. I completely respect the producer’s decision in making Deathly Hallows a 2 part series because almost everything written in the thick seventh book is needed for the whole story to come to a full circle. Anything less would have been an insult to Rowling’s genius. Even though I am very satisfied by the turnout of the plot, I still thought that...

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Blades of Glory (2007)

Blades of Glory is a seriously funny film best seen in DVD. It stars Will Ferrel as the leather clad ice skating Lothario, Chazz Michael Michaels and Jon Heder as the pampered skating orphan, Jimmy MacElroy. The story begins when both skaters shamelessly brawled during the awarding ceremony of a skating competition in which they both won as they were tied in first place. As a result of their behavior, the pair was stripped of their medals and banned from men’s singles competitive skating. A few years after this mishap, the two reunited again in a ridiculous turn of events, only this time, they were forced to work together as the first male to male skating pair in the history of the sport. As usual, Ferrel did an effortless job in keeping the viewers entertained. This is also with the help of Heder who played a girly looking dude rather well. I liked Jimmy’s character as much as i liked Napoleon Dynamite. Needless to say, the casts of this film all had great on-screen chemistry with one another and they all contributed to the success of this film. Though the plot is thin, the concept of a figure skating comedy as a movie is a fresh idea. Witty one liners and dynamic off-beat characters kept me laughing from the beginning till the end. Since we are dealing with a fictitious male...

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Kick-ass (2010)

Directed by Matthew Vaughn and written by Daniel Leary, Kick-ass  is a clever film about a boy who dreams of becoming a superhero. Dave Lizewski (played by Aaron Johnson) is an average teenage boy living in New York who is a fan of comic book heroes. After being mugged with his friend, he decides to put on a wet suit and become a masked vigilante crime fighter named Kick-ass.His first attempt to uphold justice is a failure after being stabbed by a gangster and being accidentally run over by a speeding car on the same day. This incident however, gave him the ability of increased pain tolerance due to his damaged nerve endings along with having some bones replaced with metal plates. His second attempt gave him instant media attention after his intervention of a petty street violence became one of the most watched videos in YouTube.His misadventures led him to get acquainted with other professional superheroes such as Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz) and Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage). Kick-ass soon realizes that being a superhero is a very dangerous job when an organized crime group lead by Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong) made him his prime target after being suspected of killing a few mobs.The film is a mixture of two parts: Dave’s realistic and relatable world and Hit Girl’s over the top violence. The first part of the film dragged...

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