I haven’t done one of these for a while either, mainly because our laptop with the DVD in it died just after Christmas and we haven’t got round to replacing it.
We’ve looked at portable DVD players, but the screen was too small, even when we were on the boat, so the plan was to get a player that we could plug into our current laptops.
That would be a no then.
Actually, there have been a few films out recently that took our fancy, but we have been
skint strong and not parted with our cash. That was until this week when TWO films were out that we were interested in having watched the entire franchise.
My resolve was stronger than Hubby’s and I left them both on the shelf. However, he weakened and bought this one, albeit in a different shop, which we watched last night.
To be honest, we no longer have the others having watched the first several times and I got more annoyed with the female lead and hammy acting. However, the story wasn’t bad and the stunts pretty terrific.
The second wasn’t up to par, and I think we watched it twice.
Once we worked out how to operate MSM’s DVD player without a remote, we sat back to enjoy Vin Diesel as Xander Cage in his glorious fake tattooed OTT extreme splendour.
The story was so-so: bad guys steal a gizmo to enable them to crash satellites, and it’s up to Gibbons’ (Samuel L Jackson) team to track them down and retrieve it. However, as he has been removed from the scene by the first satellite crash, we have a new head of the department in one Jane Marke (Toni Collette) who looks like she is seriously challenged with constipation or has permanently got a lemon stuck in her teeth.
A lot of the stunts in this had been done in the first film, but it was still good escapism, with a few good one-liners, and a collection of new recruits each with their own special skill set, well, most of them, sort of.
There was a loose attempt at confusion over who were actually the bad guys which didn’t quite come off, and the ‘Q’ equivalent is now a female wowsy-easily-awed-in-Xander-hero-worshipper who had never been out in the field. Her dropped machine gun killing the bad guys was a scene borrowed from Arnie’s True Lies, but her comment afterwards was hysterical!
No spoilers here apart from the good guys won (of course), but they have left it open for another franchise à la Diesel.
I read that Number Four is already in the pipeline though Fast and Furious already has my vote.
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Note: I may well come home with the other film tomorrow!