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Movie Review: Fast & Furious 8

In 2009, Justin Lin has turned the only very moderately successful street racing franchise with the fourth part “Fast & Furious -New Model Original Parts. ” into a James Bond-on-Speed ​​direction. Since then the makers of were able to put on more thrill on it with every further movie, although it feels every time, as if they had really pushed the accelerator pedal to the limit: more stars, more action, more madness, more family and From time to time more success in at the Ticket Box (“Fast & Furious 7” has made more than one and a half billion dollars worldwide). “Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) gets spontaneous in a two-man street race while in Havana during his honeymoon with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez).  In which he himself takes a seat behind the wheel of a just in time tuned as well as possible scrap car. Does the “Fast & Furious” series, directed by F. Gary Gray (“Straight Outta Compton”), return to their more modest roots? Of course not!!! The racing duel takes on such absurd excessive trains at the latest on the finish line, that one only shakes his head in disbelief and applauds at the same time.

Directly after this the story starts, Dom is approached by a woman with blond dreadlocks on the street with a breakdown, that turns out to be the internationally sought-after super-hackeress Cypher (Charlize Theron) and declares she Dom that he will soon throw over his brothers, his family and his principles. When DSS agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) asks for help with an action in Berlin, where a powerful EMP bomb is to be secured, Dom and his crew do not need to be asked twice as expected. But on the run, Dom rammed the completely surprised Hobbs without warning from the road and fled with the bomb toward the airport. The family is split! From now on, it says: Dom against the rest of his team – and no one else knows why he suddenly turned against his friends …

If once in your favorite daily soap someone suddenly turned out to be a villain, then my grandma told me so excited and angry as if she had just been escaped by a close family member. Now the “Fast & Furious” series is now nothing more than a $ 200 million per episode of expensive Mega Blockbuster soap opera – so after the release of the first trailer, there was no other topic : WTF ? Dom turns against his family? He can not bring that! But after the first shock came quickly also the first worries – because in Soap Operas no matter what magnitude such twists are so synonymous times grotesquely ridiculous. And so we have also discussed the most absurd theories: Thought control? Hypnosis? A clone or twin? Blackmail with a sextape? Please do not! But the fear we can take you directly! The reason for Dom’s departure from his team is the same as in the previous four parts of the series: the twist is equally emotionally grounded and completely detached – just like the entire franchise.

At the same time, the concentration on the central twist also leads to a certain narrative narrowing: In the previous parts, mostly all crew members have their own little action line, only Dom and Letty make a real emotional development in the eighth part. Tyrese Gibson, as Pearce, is the only one out of the team who is not on the list of the ten most wanted criminals Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham have a great winking-and-men-killing, and the self-ironic points are sure to hit their target! And even if things get really silly, for example if Johnson is doing a little bit of ambition with a girl soccer team or Statham is carrying a toddler in a baby bowl during a shooting, that is always really entertaining.

In comparison, the high-profile newcomers are rather disappointing: Oscar winner Charlize Theron (excellent for “monsters”) hits as a nearly god-like hacker whimsical about the strings and their common scenes with Vin Diesel are also adequately intensified (especially one moment is Really extremely dark), but most of the time she comments on the action only with villain-cliché-onelines out of their deployment center. This is rather tiring in the long run – especially in “Fast & Furious 8” similar to last time in “James Bond: Specre” the plot of the previous films is retrospectively : this already works just on the pure action level, But above all, Cypher, as a new top adversary, is simply not impressive enough to justify such a special position. Scott Eastwood (“Suicide Squad”) is a very good figure as agent Eric Reisner, but does not have much to do apart from the action. So it is, from all the newcomers of the series ultimately Oscar winner Helen Mirren (“The Queen”), which as a White Trash-Grande lady in her unfortunately only few scenes steals all others the show.

There is a lot of good news about the “Fast & Furious” series that we have already written about as the characters and actors, but almost nothing about the action in a blockbuster franchise of this size: apart from the opening one Havana sequence, which already writes history because “Fast & Furious 8” is the first film of this scale, which was filmed after the fall of the commercial bargain in Cuba, will mainly be two sequences in the Actioncinema annals: the frenzied Final on a frozen Russian sea, where the crew flees in their cars across the ice in front of an atomic submarine, impresses with its sheer gigantomania and is particularly fond of a great attitude, in which the submarine is like a Killer whale and the cars on the ice surface like fleeing penguins. Still more memorable, because of the more refined, the New York sequence is in the middle of the film: Cypher hackes herself into the on-board computer of thousands of cars and shapes them (partly with inmates, partially without) into a kind of intelligent metal-instead- Swarm, which she rushes unstoppably to her goal. At the latest when the cars do not just roll like a metal zombie horde through the streets, but also “cars” from the car parks “to rain”, there is really nothing left to do but to celebrate the Movie with a big little boy grin thrown on the screen!

Acme Blog Movie Rating5.0 Stars

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And the Exclusive Invites for the Advanced Screening of “THE DEVIL’S CANDY” are going to…

Front Row Filmed Entertainment and The Acme Blog gave 5 lucky readers of the chance to win Exclusive double Invites to the Advanced Screening of the upcoming Horror Movie “THE DEVIL’S CANDY” directed by Sean Byrne and starring Ethan Embry (Eagle Eye, Harold and Kumar), Shiri Appleby and Pruitt Taylor Vince (Constantine).

The advanced screening of the film will take place on April 5, 2017 at the VOX Cineplex, Grand Hyatt Dubai. Doors will open at 8:15 pm. The Film starts at 8:30 pm. The film has got the rating 15+. So people younger will strictly not be allowed to the screening!

The right answer on the asked question in which City plays Nocturama in was of course Paris.

And The Winners are:

  • Tulasi Mohanty
  • Nanda Kumar
  • Jennifer Olaso
  • Kathrina Cruz
  • Stanley Fernandes

 

Congratulations again , and enjoy the Movie! You all should have now an email in your inbox with details how you can attend.

Here again the Plot in short: A struggling painter is possessed by satanic forces after he and his young family move into their dream home in rural Texas, in this creepy haunted-house tale.

“THE DEVIL’S CANDY” will release in UAE cinemas on 6th of April 2017 and you should check out the Trailer below:

Movie Review: Kong: Skull Island

King Kong meets “Apocalypse Now”. The blockbuster “Kong: Skull Island” shows symptomatically how Hollywood exploits its own film history up to the excess. But is it still worth watching?  Well. The Kong: Skull Island rebott takes place on the legendary island where Kong originated. The Movie stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman. So from that point it sounds like a Blockbuster.

Background

King Kong was born in 1933. As the first film monster without not based on a book, he captured the screen and has not left us ever since. While the “King Kong” film of Peter Jackson of 2005 brought the original to the present, the production under the direction of newcomer Jordan Vogt-Roberts pursues a different concept. He wants to go directly to the version of 1933 and show the king of the primates to his natural habitat, long before the events of the first film, which cost the life of the giants. The elaborately staged film is a prequel to “Godzilla”, whereby the connecting element of both films is the “Project Monarch”, which was mentioned in the first part. Vogt-Roberts as a director is a rather unusual choice for such a highly budgeted project, he has previously rather smaller films as “Kings of Summer” responsible. It is all the more exciting to be able to breathe new life into the old material.

To the actual Movie:

1973: America is in the Vietnam War and the political exception. In the midst of these turbulences, “Monster Hunters” Bill Randa from the government organization Monarch senses his chance: he convinces Senator Willis (Richard Jenkins) to grant funds for a cartography expedition in the South Pacific. There, there is a place where Randa is hoping to discover, Skull Island, protected by a storm phenomenon and hitherto unexplored. Together with a team of military, scientists and civilians, he sets off on his journey. Lieutenant Colonel Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) is supposed to provide with his men for the safety of the expedition, the renowned adventure veteran James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) read the tracks and the award-winning war photographer Mason Weaver (Brie Larson) document it all. On the approach to the island, the surprise is great, as giant monster monkey Kong brings one helicopter after another from the sky. Even more astonished are the survivors, however, when they meet on the war veterans Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly), who has survived decades on the island and is not alone there …

Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who has qualified for this Megaproject with his Sundance hit “Kings Of Summer” (2013), dared an almost radical reorientation of the well-known Kong story by filming almost exclusively in an isolated ecosystem Skull Island. In this concentration, “Kong: Skull Island” is closer to “Jurassic World” than on Peter Jackson’s multi-faceted “King Kong” from 2005. Once on the game meadow of the impressive Scenery, Vogt-Roberts discovered the Michael Bay in itself and presents grandiose looking high-gloss images in front of breathtaking exotic locations, whimsical sayings on the go, sunsets full, lots of CGI-Bumm-Bumm and a very thin story. This is a typical modern blockbuster cinema with all its advantages and disadvantages.

After a Second World War prologue in 1944, director Jordan-Roberts quickly emerged as a great lover of the seventies, who are convincingly summoned (not only) with amusing slogans and slick music in the atmospherically very successful introductory sequences. Even the poster of “Kong: Skull Island” is inspired by a classic of the period of action: Francis Ford Coppola’s war drama “Apocalypse Now”. However, Vogt-Roberts never achieves the complexity of these other tropical expeditions because every approach of thematic depth (for example, in discussions about God and the propertyless society) simply sheds in the turmoil of the fighting. The fact that in these disputes ultimately nothing else but the show values ​​goes, weighs still significantly heavier: despite the high number of dead never comes a feeling of real threat or even of loss, it leaves one rather cold, whether equal again someone bites the Grass or not.

Instead of differentiated character drawing, there are trashy stereotypes, especially Samuel L. Jackson’s “Pulp Fiction” Colonel Packard, who follows a troubled soldier honor and wants to lead his men against better knowledge into the downfall, all too one-sided and too often heard shrill Sounds. While Jackson is used as a human aid villain (the true enemies remain the mutated giant animals of the island), Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers”) and Brie Larson (Oscar for “Space”) are the sympathizers. They are based on the “planet of the giant” (“A place where mythology and science meet”), while John C. Reilly (“Chicago”) as “Crazy Santa Claus Time Traveler” and John Goodman (” Boston “) as a” Mad Scientist ” appearances are on the edge of the caricature for entertaining interludes with their extroverted  behaviour.
Kong, the king of Skull Island, is here for a long time a marginal figure, he had a much more pronounced profile in earlier films. Vogt-Roberts is not about the soul of the creature, but about its power: Kong’s computer-animated battles with the mutated giant-eagles on the island are a real eye-catcher and they are not the only dramatic insights. Tom Hiddleston’s stylish monster fight in the green poison gas fog, Kong’s duel with a tentacle monster, or a nasty assault of giant spiders, where the human protagonists are small as ants, are impressive examples of fun and spectacular cinema movies. The good-natured sense of humor is also apt for them, with which the formal event is relaxed, especially in the first half, when John Goodman armed in a amusing scene with camera and flash light in the close combat with a Monster.

Conclusion:

Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ reboot “Kong: Skull Island” is a stylish high-gloss monster film with a terrific setting, excellent special effects and many whimsical sayings, but also with a little plausible plot and pale figures.

Acme Blog Movie Rating3.5 Stars

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Win Exclusive Invites for the Advanced Screening of “THE DEVIL’S CANDY”

Thanks to Front Row Filmed Entertainment five lucky readers of the The Acme Blog have the chance to win Exclusive double Invites to the Advanced Screening of the upcoming Horror Movie “THE DEVIL’S CANDY” directed by Sean Byrne and starring Ethan Embry (Eagle Eye, Harold and Kumar), Shiri Appleby and Pruitt Taylor Vince (Constantine).

The advanced screening of the film will take place on April 5, 2017 at the VOX Cineplex, Grand Hyatt Dubai. Doors will open at 8:15 pm. The Film starts at 8:30 pm. The film has got the rating 15+. So people younger will strictly not be allowed to the screening!

The Plot in short: A struggling painter is possessed by satanic forces after he and his young family move into their dream home in rural Texas, in this creepy haunted-house tale.

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Simply answer the following question in the comments below.

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    1. Batman Begins
    2. Constantine
    3. Brokeback Mountain

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“THE DEVIL’S CANDY” will release in UAE cinemas on 6th of April 2017 and you should check out the Trailer below: