Friday, April 03, 2015


Rating : 5/10
Release Date : 3rd April, 2015
Time : 137 minutes
Director : James Wan; Writer : Chris Morgan, based on characters by Gary Scott Thompson; Music : Brian Tyler
Starring : Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Kurt Russell, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Dwayne Johnson, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Djimon Hounsou

There are about seventeen to twenty jaw-dropping moments in the film.
About three-four due to the audacity, conceptualization and brazenness of the stunts executed. I mean, how do they dream up stuff like this ?
The rest are for the stupidity in terms of story, situations and ludicrous stunts they come up with. I mean, what are they on, to dream up stuff like this ?

Jason Statham is the big brother of the villain (Luke Evans) of the last film. A mean, nasty piece of work, a special ops trained Brit, seeking revenge against the people who put his sibling in a coma. And then, to complicate the picture, just to provide the opportunity for more stunts / chases, there is Kurt Russell, part of some shady USA government agency, who is after a secret program called Ghost as is Djimon Hounsou, a blood-thirsty mercenary. Nathalie Emmanuel has a crucial part and also helps significantly improve the much needed eye-candy portion of the movie.

So we have a secret US agency that badly wants the program but is strangely bound by government orders to do nothing to get it (doesn’t stop them from aiding the Furious team, flying them everywhere, lending them their HQ, supplying them arms etc). We have a Arab billionaire owning a rare (one in seven) supercar which he keeps locked up in the penthouse of one of the tallest buildings in the world but has amongst the most useless security guards in the world, as they allow anyone to come and go and don’t seem to possess a gun between them. And we have a mercenary who uses a helicopter and a drone to missile, bomb and lay waste to LA without any interruptions from the US government.

Even our team of daredevil superheroes on wheels seem to just wing it – their plans lack any iota of planning, cohesion and instead rely on blind luck and a ‘jaako raakhe saiyaan, maar sake na koye’ kind of fatalistic belief.

If it weren’t for Paul Walker - will really miss him and the credibility he brought with him to the screen (Eight Below, Into The Blue), I don’t think I would’ve gone. Would recommend this only for his fans – just for a last cinematic opportunity to see him – and for die-hard fans of supercars, the action genre. This one is a silly concoction of brawn, bravado and brainlessness…

PS : The 3D print is quite dark – would recommend watching in 2D, if you must !

NB : Why on earth is this movie 'A' ?


Unknown said...

Very apt rating sir!
i too have same opinion abt the movie.

Unknown said...

very apt rating sir!
i too have similar view abt the movie!