Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is a hot mess of a film.  Ranging from highly entertaining through to damn right stupid (often in the same scene… hell same FRAME), it’s a film that throws everything at the audience with little care on whether it lands or not because hey, there’s something bigger coming.  Look! Look at the next thing! Dwayne Johnson & Jason Statham do what they can with what they are given and certainly are at their best when exchanging one of the many dick jokes at each other.   Idris Elba, meanwhile, seems to be in a different film altogether saddled with his ‘Black Superman’ role whilst female lead and MI6 standout Vanessa Kirby seems to have walked in from the set of Mary Poppins with her dogey as hell cockney accent.  But it’s all about the action and when the film sticks to fist fight scenes its never less than good fun. It’s just all the CGI laden car/bike/chase stuff where it started to loose me.   By the time the film get’s the Samoa set ending, the film starts to work over time to get you back on board, but I was left feeling drained and exhausted by the time I left.  So I hated it right? Well no. It’s almost impossible to hate ANYTHING Dwayne Johnson & Jason Statham do but wow the film does push that about as far as it can.

Best Bit: Dwayne Johnson & Jason Statham

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: If you ARE going to watch it do it in Dwayne Johnson, Vanessa Kirby, Idris Elba, Jason Statham cinema

If You Liked this Try: Fast 5, Fast and Furious 6, Furious 7

 


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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019): Review by Grosse Point Geek

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019): Review by Grosse Point Geek

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Plot in a nutshell: Special Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and former SAS Operative Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) are reluctantly forced to team up with Shaw’s sister (Vanessa Kirby) who also happens to be a rogue MI6 agent and go after a genetically and technologically enhanced terrorist (Idris Elba) who is hell bent on releasing a virus that will wipe out most of humanity.

 

 

What worked: Being honest  – pretty much all of it. Johnson and Statham make a great double act and bounce off each other very well, both delivering some great one liners and trading  alot of extremely funny insults. However its Vanessa Kirby who really shines , displaying bucket loads of charisma, out acting both her hulking male co stars, and  more than holding her own in all the action scenes. In addition, despite being too good for a film like this Idris Elba is excellent as the principle baddie.

 

 

Speaking of action this film doesnt disappoint – and its virtually non stop from the get go – theres a great car/motorbike chase early on, a preposterous but extremely well handled set piece in Russia which involves enormous explosions, masses of gunfire and more than just a bit of bone crushing fisticuffs. However the best is left to last when Johnson, Kirby and Statham enlist the help of Hobbs hard as nails Samoan family for a bonkers final 20 minutes that really has to be seen to be believed.

 

 

What could have been better: Its very hard to criticize a film as mad as this – admittedly its a bit long, some of the one liners dont always land, and a theres a gratuitous Kevin Hart cameo about an hour in that didnt really work at all.

 

 

Review Summary: A great big utterly mental popcorn blockbuster, jam packed with action, pickled with funny one liners and featuring some great chemistry from its three central leads.

 

 

I loved it – Great fun

 

Author: Will Strong aka Grosse Point Geek 

 


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Phil’s Top 5… Shark Movies (Updated Inc. The Meg!)

Phil’s Top 5… Shark Movies (Updated Inc. The Meg!)

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Shark Movies

 

Close but no cigar: Jaws 2, Sharknado 2, Megashark Vs Giant Octopus, The Reef, Deep Blue Sea

 

 

5 – Open Water
Open Water is a cracking low budget shark movie that’s full of tension and tight direction. Another simple idea with a finned menace at it’s heart

 

4 – Sharknado
It’s a Shark.  Tornado.  A Sharknado.  Yup it’s cheap, yup it’s silly but man it’s so much fun!

 

3 – The Meg
Its dumb, OTT and pretty much everything you’d expect from a Jason Statham vs A giant shark movie. Yup.


2 – The Shallows
With one lead, a shark and a very simple premise The Shallows makes you not want to go back in the water all over again.


1 – Jaws
Was there EVER going to be another one? Jaws is a near flawless Shark movie. Even if the plastic Shark Bruce didn’t want to play ball..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Meg (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Meg (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Meg is kinda everything you’d expect from a Jason Statham Vs a bloody great Shark movie.  Okay… so the script needed more work and not all the acting lands even for a film of this ilk BUT everyone here knows the film they are making and give it their all on screen.  And it’s fun.  A lot of fun.  It’s also the film The Asylum (Sharknado and almost every Sharksomething Vs SomethingSomething) WISH they could afford to make.  Statham is great, the shark fully believable and the tongue firmly placed in cheek.  Well worth a trip to the cinema.

Best Bit: The dog.

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Snakes On a Plane, Piranha 3D, Jaws, Sharknado 

 

 

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The Meg (2018) – Review Round Up

The Meg (2018) – Review Round Up

Other Cr*p

Want to know what the critics think of the latest hot releases but don’t want to have to search for them?  Well look no further as we round up the reviews from 5 of the most influential sources for the latest BIG RELEASE movie.  This time out: The Meg

 


“Maybe it could have been even bigger and dumber, in a good way, but then again, maybe a 90-foot shark is big enough.”- 7.3

 

 

The Meg is a one hundred percent inorganic meal, something made from pre-tasted and then regurgitated ingredients. It’s true that some people like institutional food, but those allergic to cardboard must steer clear.” 

 

 

” We wouldn’t dream of spoiling it, but let’s just say if The Meg’s giant tongue had been lodged in its gargantuan cheek a touch more, this could have been the summer’s greatest guilty pleasure. Instead, it’s further proof you can’t make a silk purse out of a shark’s fin.” – 2/5

 

 

“Jason Statham leads a B-movie giant-shark thriller that wants to be ‘Jaws’ on steroids. The trouble is, it’s neither good enough — nor bad enough.”

 


” The Meg is shamelessly stupid, delightfully dumb, and uproarious fun with it. And it’s definitely the best worst movie of the summer.” -3/5

 

 

Overall Critics Say

Review Round Up Meh

 

 

 

 

 

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The Mechanic Resurrection – A Quick Capsule Review

The Mechanic Resurrection – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The remake of The Mechanic was a pretty good film, updating the Bronson classic with, I guess, a modern day Bronson in Jason Statham.  This sequel pretty much abandons all that to churn  out a highly generic by the numbers action film that most forgets about the action and instead allows you to enjoy what is more or less a travelogue for Statham and his pals.  It’s pretty boring stuff with a few highlights, including Tommy Lee Jones in full “take the money and run” mode.

Best Bit: Tommy Lee Jones

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: The Mechanic, Crank, Parker

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Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Spy (2015) & Jurassic World (2015)

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Spy (2015) & Jurassic World (2015)

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Our very own Grosse Point Geek Will Strong casts his crucial eye over two new releases: Spy (2015) & Jurassic World (2015)

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Director: Paul Feig

Actors Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Miranda Hart

McCarthy plays an overweight desk bound CIA agent who is called up for a dangerous mission when her action man partner (Law) is apparently killed by  Rose Byrne’s bitch on wheels super villain.  I have to admit that when i read the reviews for this, i was quite intrigued to see it – however after 2 hours of limp comedy, buffoonish pratfalls, a screeching McCarthy and crap action – i really wished i hadnt bothered. To say the least i hated this  with the kind of vengeance that  i only usually reserve for a Michael bay movie.

After seeing four of her films, I simply fail to see the appeal of Melissa McCarthy – OK i’ll admit she can act, but does she really have to play the same sweary obnoxious character in EVERY film she appears in?  Also  – who in the hell does this Paul Feig person think he is?  – Oh yes that’s right he’s the comedy director of the moment, the one that mainstream audiences flock to whenever his name is on a poster, same as they did with Reitman, Landis and Apatow  – and look what happened to them! One can only hope that his Ghost-busters reboot can cut the mustard or i fear that we will have seen the last of him.

I will however say one thing for Spy – it does feature a very funny turn from Jason Statham, who really should concentrate more  on comedy or (as we saw with Furious 7) bad guy roles, and it is he alone who saves this generic rubbish from being the one star dud that it deserves to be.

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Jurassic World
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Actors: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’onofrio, B.D Wong
After a number of false starts (i.e running, screaming, death) John Hammond’s dream of a dinosaur theme park has finally become reality in the form of Jurassic World. Situated on the island of Isla Nublar  – it attracts thousands of visitors every year, but in an effort to keep the profits flowing, its owners have created a new attraction – the Indominous Rex – a hydrid dinosaur that is even bigger and badder than the T-Rex.  Unfortunately, said beastie is also highly intelligent, mean as a snake, and filled with a burning desire to escape its captive surroundings as soon as possible – which naturally it does – with somewhat destructive results.
In 1992 Steven Spielberg gave us Jurassic Park, which i still believe to be the last brilliant blockbuster he directed  before going all serious with Schindler’s List, then trying and failing  to get it all back with the last (and deeply crap) Indiana Jones film and various other misfires like Minority Report and Tin Tin.  Featuring astounding ground breaking effects and relentless action, Jurassic Park set the bar so high that most filmmakers to this day are still trying to emulate its success – it is without doubt, one of the greatest films ever made.  Sadly the same cannot be said of the two sequels that followed. The Lost World was certainly entertaining in parts but mostly average, and the less said about the Joe Johnson directed Jurassic Park 3 the better. Mercifully the same cannot be said of Jurassic World  – which manages to not only crap all over the previous two sequels but almost manages to give Spielberg’s original a run for its money as well.
To begin with, the casting of Chris Pratt is a stroke of genius. He was fantastic in last years Guardians of The Galaxy and here firmly cements his leading man status with a great turn as grizzled Raptor wrangler Owen Grady  – a total bad ass hero type that he absolutely nails to a T –  and on the evidence here the guy is surely a shoo in as the new Indiana Jones. Bryce Dallas Howard also does well as the corporate damsel in distress type – proving to be just as adept in the action stakes as she is fending off Pratt’s nefarious flirting – however the fact that she manages to do a Usain Bolt type sprint, wearing high heels does beggar belief.  Kudos must go too to director Colin Trevorrow (Safety not Guaranteed  – see it asap – superb) who keeps proceedings going at a rare old pace, is obviously a filmmaker who plainly knows what audiences want from a big summer  film  – which is rollicking good action -and  to his credit delivers this in spades – and then some.
Special mention must also be given to Industrial Light and Magic’s incredible dino effects  -particularly  the Indominous Rex and the Velociraptors , which are simply a marvel of CGI ingenuity – no more so than in the absolutely thrilling climax.
On the negative side i did have some quibbles  – at its heart the story really doesn’t break much new ground  and in places annoyingly copies a few of the of the original films character subplots. However these are somewhat minor complaints in what is a cracking piece of cinematic gold – in short i absolutely loved  this film and i thoroughly recommend you see it asap.
Wonderful stuff.
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Author: Will Strong 

 

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Fast and Furious 7 Reviewed

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Fast and Furious 7 Reviewed

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Grosse Point Geek cast s his critical eye over the latest Fast franchise instalment… 

Directed by James Wan
Actors: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jason Statham, Kurt Russell, Jordana Bewster

When the big bad older brother of Fast 6’s villain shows up looking for revenge, Dom, Brian, Lettie and the rest of the gang strike a bargain with a shadowy CIA agent (Kurt Russell) to retrieve a super computer called “God’s Eye” and in return he agrees to help them track down their unstoppable and ever pursuant nemesis. 

To be honest when i saw The first Fast and The Furious in 2001, i thought it was good but wasn’t that blown away by it, the second film (2003’s 2 Fast 2 Furious) was OK, but by the third entry (FF:Tokyo Drift – 2006) the franchise appeared to have run out of gas completely.  Then in 2009 Universal reunited most of the cast from the original film for a fourth feature simply called Fast and Furious, which surprisingly was a vast improvement on the previous two sequels and did very well at the box office. After this we got Fast Five in 2011, where half of Rio was destroyed and the man mountain of testosterone that is Dwayne Johnson went head to head with Vin Diesel in what has got to be one of the best and brutal fight scenes ive ever seen. 2013 saw the release of the London set Fast 6 – which upped the stakes even further and gave us some of the most mental action scenes ever committed to celluloid.

We now have this seventh entry which ups the ante even further. Now lets get one thing straight, if you are a fan of arty farty, Oscar worthy stuff like Shakespeare in Love, Sense and Sensibility etc etc, then its safe to say that Fast and Furious 7 is not for you, so do yourself a favor and save your money (and while you’re at it don’t waste time reading this review!) However if you go to the cinema to be  absolutely thrilled, have lots of fun  and be completely entertained, then this film might just be right up your street.

Putting it mildly Fast 7 has got everything an action fan could want –  explosions, gun fights, fisticuffs,one liners – the lot. All expertly delivered by director James Wan and well played by the cast. I mean don’t get me wrong  – its completely preposterous and if you do go and see it you will have to swallow such sights as a load of cars parachuting from a plane, Walker and Diesel driving a souped up super car between not one but two skyscrapers and oh yes and did i mention the utterly bonkers drone strike/car chase/Diesel vs Statham LA set finale????

There are a few faults with the film – most notably the script which, for all its one liners is a bit leaden in the more serious dramatic scenes, not only that but Dwayne Johnson’s wonderfully butch Federal Agent Hobbs isn’t in it nearly enough and the excellent Jason Statham could have done with a bit more character development and alot more to do than just blow things up.

Despite these criticisms i absolutely and completely loved Fast 7 – not just because it was so much good  fun but also because of the wonderful way that the filmmakers said goodbye to the late Paul Walker who tragically died during production. Indeed the final 5 minutes were so well handled and so touching that it really hit home to me what a tragic loss Walker’s death was to the film world. From what i have read, he was a smashing chap, who loved life, gave it his all in every film he appeared in and had a very bright future ahead of him. Such a shame we will never see his like again.

Fast and Furious 7 is in cinemas now and I would highly recommend it.

 

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Author: Will Strong 

 

Blog: Furious 7 (aka Fast & The Furious 7) – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Furious 7 (aka Fast & The Furious 7) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I’m a big fan of this franchise, a franchise which has massively improved since the shaky original sequels (2,3,4,).  So I was looking forward to some brainless fun, albeit one with the added gravitas of being Paul Walkers last film.   Was I disappointed?  Yes. And No.  So let’s start with the yes:  it’s stupid and messy, the story made no sense and felt very disjointed (probably partly due to Walker’s death).  It also has a terrible script, mostly made up of over macho one liners.  It’s also too long, turning into a silly Expendables film by the end.  Oh and there’s not enough Rock.  So that’s the bad.  Onto the good: all this aside it was great fun for the most part, with some stunning action sequences (although never better than when it’s ‘roided man Vs’ ‘roided man).  They handled Walkers death well with a great final payoff, Statham was brilliant and the ‘Walker’ double / Tony Jaa final fight was excellent considering the limitations.  Oh and it has probably one of the bets openings of a film in recent memory.  It aint a classic,  it’s probably the 4th best Fast film but one well worth seeing.

Best Bit: The opening.  Rock Vs Statham.

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Rent.

If You Liked this Try: Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, The Fast & the Furious 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Wild Card – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Wild Card – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Wild Card isn’t strictly an action film.  It’s more a crime film with a few good action beats.  That’s not a bad thing – William Goldman delivers a cracking script aided by some neat direction from Con Air’s Simon West.  Okay so we’re not talking a classic here – it is after all yet another vehicle for UK action star Jason Statham but their are far worst and far less entertaining films out there. So good, forgettable fun then…

Best Bit: The final fight

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Rent

If You Liked this Try: Con Air, Taken, Princess Bride

 

Author: Phil Hobden