I’m introducing a new feature here at ForrestHartman.com: Snapshot reviews. Please note that I will still write long-form critiques for my Video Verdict column. These are designed to give readers a quick assessment of new movies. Hopefully you find them useful and fun.
FAST & FURIOUS 6
Story: Dominic Toretto and his crew team with U.S. agent Hobbs in order to capture a dangerous mercenary who is at skilled at motorized hijackings as they used to be. Sweetening the pot is the apparent appearance of Dom’s longtime love, Letty, a woman the whole crew thought was dead.
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris and Gina Carano.
Directed by: Justin Lin (“Better Luck Tomorrow,” “Fast Five”)
Bottom line: The plotting is ridiculous and the dialogue is melodramatic, but the stunts are as good as they get.
Story: Animated film about a teen girl who discovers a tiny world of forest creatures engaged in a constant battle between good and evil. When she is magically transported into their world, she goes on a fantastic adventure.
Voice cast features: Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Beyonce, Chris O’Dowd, Pitbull, Amanda Seyfried, Christoph Waltz and Jason Sudeikis
Directed by: Chris Wedge (“Ice Age,” “Robots”)
Bottom line: Beautiful 3-D animation coupled with a compelling story. The fantastic writing, and Wedge’s excellent execution, make this the best animated movie since “Rise of the Guardians.”
4 responses to “Snapshot Reviews: ‘Fast & Furious 6’ and ‘Epic’”
Fun idea. Thanks! I think the trailer for Epic are awful but its gotten such good reviews that I am now curious. Will have to check it out. I am so excited for Before Midnight; although my local theaters probably won’t get it. I hate how I have probably 60 screens within 20 minutes of my house and yet only about 7 movies showing; and the studios wonder why the public only see’s blockbusters? Sigh…
Sorry for the tangent.
No worries. Tangents are good. 🙂 “Before Midnight” looks great. I’m disappointed that I’m going to miss the press screening for it in my area, but I’ll definitely see it on video… if not before. I know what you mean about multiplexes. You would think theaters in all but the smallest markets would be able to allot a couple screens to indies, but most major chains just skip over them. If that trend continues, I expect home video to become more and more dominant.
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