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Fright Night 3-D and Final Destination 5 3-D

Posted on 22 August 2011 by Reel Rhino

My power is back and so am I!  I didn’t have a chance to see Conan this weekend, but I fear that the critics and the audiences have spoken.  What a bizarre weekend at the box office…

1 The Help $20,018,659
2 Rise of the Planet of the Apes $16,119,502
3 Spy Kids: All the Time in the World $11,644,672
4 Conan the Barbarian $10,021,015
5 The Smurfs $7,802,377
6 Fright Night $7,714,388
7 Final Destination 5 $7,703,466
8 30 Minutes or Less $6,402,602
9 One Day $5,079,566
10 Crazy, Stupid, Love. $4,797,364
11 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 $4,511,411
12 Cowboys & Aliens $4,215,780

The Help managed to make the coveted move from #2 to #1, swapping spots with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and much deservedly, I may add.  But Apes is still on a great run…I mean two weeks at #1 and now the third week in release at #2.  Granted, Smurfs held off the Apes overseas, I think we can safely say that the success of Cesaer and Co. will lead to a greenlit sequel for that franchise.

Of the two re-envisionings, Conan was the winner by position, but with a $90 million budget, versus the more manageable budget of Fright Night at $30 million, the financial winner was Fright Night.  Granted I haven’t seen Conan as of yet, RT has it sitting at 24% and Fright Night at 74%.  Hopefully word of mouth will get out on Fight Night, for it is actually a pretty good time….

(Sorry Kenfu!)

Fright Night
Fright Night is a very solid flick that I enjoyed very much. 4.5 Horns for this remake of the 26 year old horror classic.

Colin Farrell is usually hit or miss for me, and this is a hit in his role as the swarmy and deadly vampire, Jerry.  For other Farrell hits, check out Tigerland, In Bruges, and The Way Back.

Anton Yelchin is someone that at this point, I think I would watch in anything. From his great turn in JJ Abrams Star Trek reboot to Defiance to Charlie Bartlett…this cat’s got range.  His leading man effort her as Charley Brewster is no different…he just has charisma.

Toni Collette is great as Charley’s mom, Jane and Imogene Poots is both cute and effective as the damsel in distress Amy, to Yelchin’s Charley.

There are some similarities to the original, but has originality in both story and in visual appeal. Missing is some of the campiness of the original, but a well developed story is the result, so fat and happy, am I.

That well developed story is attributed to Marti Noxon, whose most recent credit otherwise is I Am Number Four.  This is a more sold effort and the direction here was also well handled, by Craig Gillespie, the man behind Lars and the Real Girl, but also Mr. Woodcock.

There are some great 3-D enhancements , so choose wisely and see this in glorious digital 3-D.

Oh yeah…McLovin’ alert, McLovin’ alert. Christopher Mintz-Plasse is in the house and yet again, I find him completely enjoyable (see also: Role Models). I would even argue that he is stunningly leading-man handsome in some of his later scenes in the flick.

Finally, the character of Peter Vincent is pure gold. Culled from the 1985 film, the casting is great and some of the funnier moments come with him on screen.  Quite a change from the role first portrayed by Roddy McDowell.

I say ‘funnier’, but again, much of the camp is gone with laughs found here in the firm of throwaway one-liners here and there in a very well composed screenplay with a tone I had hoped Disblo Cody would have given us with Jennifer’s Body.

The last 15 minute of the movie are brilliant.  Something of a mix between Ghostbusters and a less terrible Van Helsing.

Again, 4.5 Horns for this wholly enjoyable entry into the horror genre.

Final Destination 5
Timing is everything, and while I may have rather caught Conan, I was drawn into this due to the fact that it was starting and it was short.

Now I hadn’t seen the fourth in the series, and I actually had wanted to, with #4 having been the first in the series in 3-D.  I have a vague interest in the torture-porn genre and was similarily interested when Saw gave us their first 3-D offering.

Let me sum up this film for you….

One of the cast has a vision of a disaster, this time, it’s a bridge collapse.
He quickly realizes that his vision is about to come true.
He warns everyone, a few people survive the disaster.
They start dying
Tony Todd is seen here or there, perhaps at some times, offering insight to the plight of the survivors.
The dwindling survivors hatch a scheme to further cheat death.A twist ending gives death the upper hand.
Roll credits.

Now perhaps this is an over-simplified version of this screenplay, but it is pretty accurate.

I will say that adding David Koechner did not really enhance the film to any enjoyable extent.  Yes, he was enjoyable in every of his scenes, but it just wasn’t enough.

The last 10 minutes of the film were by far the best, and that does include the four minutes or so of the death compilation, a compendium of all the kills in the history of the series.  I did mention a twist ending and for all the bad, it was an enjoyable little wrinkle that I actually did enjoy.

Final Destination 5 gets a 1.5 of 5 Horn rating from the Reel Rhino.  The kill scenes were mediocre and from what I hear, a vast improvement over part 4, so perhaps I was spared in missing it after all.

The best part of this movie was the freaky 3-D holographic poster stand-up that graced the theater lobby!

That’s all for now.

A final question before I bid you adieu….

Will Shark Night 3-D capture the enjoyable campiness that last year’s Pirahna 3-D managed to spin up?  Time will tell as Sept 2nd is rolling up quickly.

Until later, take care.

Reel Rhino

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Weekend Movie Report 05/06-05/08: BOX OFFICE CHALLENGE

Posted on 09 May 2011 by Reel Rhino

Weekend Report 05/06-05/08 — BOX OFFICE CHALLENGE
So here is what I decided on the box office challenge, ladies and gentlemen.  For every correct guess, you get 3 points.  For every guess within one pick of the movies weekend slot gets you 2 points.  Finally, two picks away gets you 1 point.  Yeah…if you can’t figure out who is the winner, it isn’t really a contest, right?  Any ties will be determined by whoever submitted their picks first.  Advantage: Reel Rhino 🙂

Compared to Fast Five’s April Box Office record last week ($86.2 million), Thor opens to an underwhelming $66 million.  It is wild when we can say that earning $66 million is under performing, but for the superhero film officially opening the summer movie season, I think everyone expected more.  According to Box Office Mojo, the 3-D sites accounted for 60% of the total take for Thor.  It is wild to see the near 50/50 split for those still choosing the 2-D option.  Although I don’t know how many areas only had access to 2-D, which may have skewed these results.

None the less, next weekend will be tough to call.  Priest 3-D is opening with a load of advertising at its back, but it generally seems to have more of a  SyFy movie feel than a summer blockbuster.  Maybe I’m wrong and it will be a pleasant surprise, but I think it is going to get crushed. 

The big ticket for next week should be the (hopefully) hilarious Bridesmaids, aka Lady Hangover.  I think it will be hilarious, but it is going to take a fair amount of pressure from both Thor and Fast Five.  Next weekend is going to be very difficult for picks and I think the top five will be something of a crap shoot.

As to this weekend…We had a record number of entrants into the BOX OFFICE CHALLENGE.  FOUR.  Yes, four people chose to roll the dice….well three if you don’t count me!  Kenfu and I tied with 11 points and Justin and Detective Guy tied for second with 7 points.  Excellent to have you all playing.

Folks, spread the word…I’d like to build this into a real game, with real prizes.  While they may be humble in the beginning, I plan on throwing another Oscar pool next year, which as always, will be free to enter.  I hope to give some teeth to the prizes for the Oscar pool, but if you want to be savvy next year for that, play the challenge each week to keep your box office and film skills sharp!

Box Office for the Weekend of 05/06 – 05/08
1. Thor, $66 million
2. Fast Five, $32.5 million
3. Jumping the Broom, $13.7 million
4. Something Borrowed, $13.2 million
5. Rio, $8.2 million
6. Water for Elephants, $5.6 million
7. Madea’s Big Happy Family, $3.9 million
8. Prom, $2.4 million
9. Soul Surfer, $2.1 million
10. Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, $1.88 million

Reel Rhino: Total Score: 11
1. Thor (3)
2. Fast Five (3)
3. Rio (1)
4. Something Borrowed (3)
5. Jumping the Broom (1)

Kenfu: Total Score: 11
1. Thor (3)
2. Fast Five (3)
3. Rio (1)
4. Something Borrowed (3)
5. Jumping the Broom (1)

Detective Guy: Total Score 7
1. Thor (3)
2. Fast Five (3)
3. Prom (0)
4. Hoodwinked 2 (0)
5. Jumping the Broom (1)

Justin: Total Score: 7
1. Thor (3)
2. Rio (0)
3. Fast Five (2)
4. Madea’s Big Happy Family (0)
5. Something Borrowed  (2)

Until next time…
Reel Rhino

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THOR: A Reel Rhino Review

Posted on 08 May 2011 by Reel Rhino

Howdy film friends…I hope you all are enjoying your weekends!  I had the opportunity to make the midnight screening of Thor on THORS-Day night at midnight-oh-one.  Okay, so technically is was Friday, but I thought it just sounded cooler saying it that way.  Here we go…

THOR: 3.5 of 5 Horns
Let me start by saying that the thought of THE AVENGERS has me flying high. I love everything about this multi-movie, multi-character world that has been building up, and continues this summer with this first of two entries, THOR, to be followed later this year by CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER.

Kenneth Branagh is both a talented actor and director. His realm has always been the classics…Shakespeare is this man’s wheelhouse. So many folks were surprised when he wanted to tackle a comic book movie.

Now I guess if any comic was to exist in the realm of the classics, it would be The Mighty Thor, written with sensibilities building from worlds of Germanic and Norse mythology. I mean I was going to make a run at describing the origins of Thor, but if you want to know more, visit the definitive resource on EVERYTHING: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thor

Thor made his debut into the Marvel Universe in 1962. Legendary comic book giant STAN “THE MAN” LEE said he came to a crossroads when trying to figure out how to create a character stronger than the strongest man…why not make him a God?

So Marvel made the move to Asgard, legendary home of the Nordic Gods. Smash cut to 2011…49 years later and The Mighty Thor has made his way to the silver screen. (That’s of course if you discount Vincent D’Onofrio’s turn as the iconic hero in the 1987 film, ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING.)

Enough rambling Rhino…get on with it already.

THOR was an acceptable entry on the road to The Avengers. I was not floored, but I did enjoy the film. Chris Hemsworth is a charismatic actor who is perfect in this role. As far as casting goes, I generally think they hit the mark with all of the roles. Perhaps the biggest question mark is in Natalie Portman. She does a fine job of conveying puppy love and she is wholly acceptable in the role…but… Yes, that damn BUT.

Why has Natalie Portman become the female James Franco? She is in everything these days, transcending all genres. She almost sticks out in the role after her big win as this year’s Best Actress. Yes, there is another prominent Oscar winner associated with this film, but Sir Anthony Hopkins transcends all genres, thank you very much.

I guess that isn’t a complaint so much, as it is a random rant.

Thor was a good movie, but not a great one. I had fun and enjoyed the movie, but I am using it as more of a springboard to leap into The Avengers.

Branagh gives us standard summer fare, and I wanted more. His direction is acceptable, except for some pacing issues, which really is my chief complaint.

Thor started off strong enough, with a great bit of ethereal storytelling, as we meet our hero and his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) as children in Asgard, being regaled with stories of battle and heroism from their father Odin (Anthony Hopkins). The story is of the battle from 965 A.D., when Odin and his warriors waged war against the Frost Giants of Jotunheim and their king Laufey (Colm Feore), to prevent them from conquering the Nine Realms, beginning with the puny, weak humans of Earth. The warriors from Asgard defeat the Frost Giants and seize the source of their power, the Casket of Ancient Winters.

We learn quickly that it will become the fate of either Thor or Loki to become the King of Asgard, whichever of his children the mighty Odin chooses.

Fade out.

Fade in: It’s coronation day for Thor. He marches with great pomp down the aisle towards his father, surrounded by the people of Asgard. The moment before the crowning occurs, an alarm sounds. It is the enemy of Asgard, the Frost Giants, who have infiltrated Asgard security to try and steal back the Casket of Ancient Winters.

Fortunately, Odin had placed in the hall with the Casket, Destroyer, protector of Asgard. Destoryer makes quick work of the intruders, but with his crowning as King disturbed and the people of Asgard threatened, Thor wants to storm Jotunheim to teach the Frost Giants a lesson.

Side note: The parts with Destroyer were loud and visually stunning as attention grabbers, but Destroyer wholly reminded me, in look and sound, of the giant robot GORT, from THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL Anyone agree?

Odin forbids Thor from taking action against the Frost Giants, and of course, Thor defies his father. Thor, with his brother, The Warriors Three, and childhood friend fierce warrior chick come lately, Sif, they cross the Bifrost Bridge to Jotunheim.

Side note: Idris Elba (The Wire, The Losers) plays a great Heimdall, gatekeeper of the Bifrost Bridge. I think I could watch Elba in anything…he is great here as well.

A glorious battle ensues in Jotunheim, but in the end, Odin must intervene to save the troupe, and in the process, the truce between Asgard and the Frost Giants is shattered.

Odin takes swift action, banishing Thor from Asgard and sending him to earth, stripped of his power.

Thor is quickly discovered by two scientists, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and her mentor Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard), along with their intern, Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings).

Thor feels cursed that he has been cast to Earth, and from this point as for most of the rest of the film, we get a pretty standard fish out of water story with Thor learning about life on earth.

 When Thor was cast out, Odin also cast out Mjolnir, the Hammer of Thor, with a curse that only one worthy of the hammer may wield its power.

 PS…yes, all the spellings so far are correct, no thanks to spellcheck…all spellings culled from Wikipedia and IMDB.

We get to witness Thor’s hero’s journey, but for my tastes, it isn’t as action packed as I would have hoped. This is really the core of my complaint against this film…the middle bits just seemed too dull for my expectations. There seems to be more footage of Jane pining over the handsome and muscular Thor, than actually seeing Thor undertaking any kind of adventure on earth.

I read a review that compared this saga to the Lord of the Rings films. I see the potential for grandeur here, but I think Thor as a character will be fleshed out more over time as we move towards The Avengers. This film is no Lord of the Rings…but few are.

The saving grace for this middle film lull was Clark Gregg, my hero and yours: Agent Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D. I love this guy and I am glad he has been a constant from the beginning of this run.

Again, Thor was an enjoyable film, but it just didn’t blow me away the way I had hoped. Vince and Ross, two friends of mine wrote me already raving on this flick. I won’t argue for a minute that there will be folks that love this film. For me, it was a 3.5 of 5 Horn entry into the tale that will become The Avengers.

Generally speaking, this movie starts strong, sags in the middle, then finishes strong.

By all means see this movie. By all means, catch it at the IMAX. Early reports are that many are and by no means is my review to be interpreted as negative.  I liked this movie…I just didn’t love it.

Oh…PS…The 3-D in Thor was passable, but not great. Few films have been able to really hit the mark when it comes to HQ 3-D product, but I still like where we’re going with it.

I really wish I felt stronger for THOR…but we all know…the heart wants what the heart wants.

Okay, that’s a little dramatic, but you get the gist.

There are a few good nuggets from within The Avengers universe that pop up here and there and the die hard fans will notice.

Be sure to stay until after the credits roll, for the trademark Avengers stinger. Truthfully, I thought it was a bit weak as an extra scene, but it will clearly be important for entering Summer 2012 with a full understanding of all elements of this world.

I was also underwhelmed by the Captain America trailer that led into Thor. Again, I have high hopes and my general interest in the interweaving of all these stories knocks up each of these films at least one notch in my book.

Until later, take care!
Reel Rhino

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Reel Rhino Weekend Preview (05/06)

Posted on 05 May 2011 by Reel Rhino

I am a very busy and important person with many very important things to do.  Now…let us cut right to the chase, then, shall we!   Just kidding…I’m not nearly as important as I think I am…but I would like to take a moment and talk some flicks…sorry it’s short, but I was short on time.

Read through to the bottom and take the BOX OFFICE CHALLENGE!

Opening in wide release this weekend…
(% are from RottenTomatoes.com as of this post time)

Thor (86% fresh with 106 reviews counted — WOW!)
I only wish I had more time right now, to write on my love of The Avengers Initiative.  No, that is not fanboy blood oozing from my veins, only respect at bringing together these properties into a series of linked films that will culminate next summer.  I hope Thor delivers…from the early word, it appears as though it does.

Something Borrowed (17% rotten with 30 reviews counted — PU!)
The previews for this film actually reminded me of MADE OF HONOR, the McDreamy flick from 2008.  Made of Honor was a dude’s chick flick and this movie seems to have similar sensibilities, maybe delivered with less skill.  I like Goodwin and Hudson and most of the other folks in this, but I have to say, until I hear differently, this will be a RENTAL only for me.

Jumping the Broom (35% rotten with 17 reviews counted) There isn’t enough data to make a prediction just yet, but I am guessing that if this film had the name TYLER PERRY attached to it, folks would be singing a different tune.

Maybe opening in a theater near you…limited release:

 

 The Beaver – Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin (RT 69%)
Last Night – Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes (RT 50%)
Hobo With a Shotgun – Rutger Hauer (RT 81%)
Passion Play – Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox – UGH!
There Be Dragons (RT 10%) – This is dissapointing…the trailer for this looks great!

Last Week’s Top Ten:
1. Fast Five
2. Rio
3. Madea’s Big Happy Family
4. Water for Elephants
5. Prom
6. Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil
7. Soul Surfer
8. Insidious
9. Hop
10. Source Code

My Predictions for This Weekend:
1. Thor
2. Fast Five
3. Rio
4. Something Borrowed
5. Jumping the Broom

That’s all for now…joking aside, I am busy today, but wanted to get this out for those who want to take the REEL RHINO CHALLENGE!

Send me an e-mail with your picks for the BOX OFFICE TOP 5…or better yet, just leave them in the COMMENTS below for ALL to see.

Don’t worry, anyone with the same picks as me will not be punished, as I realize you are just paying respect to my MAD MOVIE SKILLS.

Until later, take care…
Reel Rhino

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Osama is Dead, Fast Five Was Excellent

Posted on 02 May 2011 by Reel Rhino

Osama Bin Laden is Dead. 

And now you should ask yourself: What would William and Kate do?

First off, an unprecedented number of entrants into the Reel Rhino box office contest.

Zero.

Here were my picks…

My Box Office Predictions for this Week
1. Fast Five (YEAH!)
2. Madea’s Big Happy Family (#3)
3. Rio (#2)
4. Prom (#5)
5. Water for Elephants (#4)

I nailed all five, just flopped #2 and #3 as well as #4 and #5.  Boo-yah! 

Really Rhino…boo-yah?

Anyway…good to see you here and hope you had a great weekend.  I saw two flicks this weekend, and I’m going to tell you about one of them right now.

Fast Five is the fifth film in the series that started in 2001 with The Fast and the Furious.  The series had a resurgence in 2009 with Fast and Furious, after two previous mediocre sequels that missed their mark. In 2009, Fast and Furious was just that, with an opening weekend take of $70.9 million, it clearly was a film that generated enough cash to garner yet another sequel, which is how we got to now.

For Fast Five, our worries of again seeing a mediocre product was justifiable.  I mean come on now…this is the fifth film and the fourth sequel.  We are in the zone of mediocrity or worse, tres terrible as is the risk with any late series entry…I mean some movies don’t make it past the second, or third before dropping off. 

Our worries were for naught.  Fast Five, regardless of the ridiculous title, delivers on several levels, much of which is due to Justin Lin.

Justin Lin directed the previous two sequels and is quickly making a name for himself as a filmmaker.  His mainstream debut was in 2006 with the so-so film, Annapolis, which he immediately followed up with Tokyo Drift, the third Fast entry.  I think we are lucky that they let him carry on, but I guess the suits saw something special in this young man.  For a pretty impressive resume builder, he was recently named by The Goldsea Asian American Daily as one of the most 120 Most Influential Asians of All-Time.

Lin is a much sought after director these days, with his next projects rumored to be anything from an Oldboy remake, a Highlander remake, and Terminator 5.  PS: If you haven’t seen the original OLDBOY, please do.  It is bizarre and fantastic at the same time.  With his second straight $100 million plus hit nearly in the bag, he is certainly going to have his pick of properties to choose from.

It is almost a foregone conclusion that Fast Five will break $100 million domestic…as of Friday, it drew $33.2 million and it took a MASSIVE haul on the weekend, cleaning up at $86.1 million.

So the film…this is not a street racing film as the first three were and this is not a border run/smuggling film, as the last one was.  This is a heist film, through and through.  If I had to name names and give you the filmic parents of this movie, I would say that Oceans 11 got frisky with the original The Fast and the Furious, and this is their offspring.

The first quarter of the movie gives us the set-up.  First off, events in this story pick up exactly where the previous entry ends.  We have a short but rather dramatic prison break scene to set the stage and raise the stakes.

The prison break that frees Dominic Torreto (Vin Diesel), is staged by his sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) and former federal officer, now friend of the Torettos, Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), and it knocks them straight onto the US Most Wanted list.

Smash cut to an over the shoulder shot of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, where we find Mia and Brian on the run.  Perhaps my only complaint about the movie is the inordinate number of times that the shot over the shoulder of Christ is used.  I mean come on…JC is a good dude, but couldn’t they have come up with something more creative for showing us Rio?  I can forgive it for the great ride to be had throughout the rest of the flick and other than that one bit of repetition, Rio is shown in a fairly flattering light in the sweeping city shots throughout the film.

Mia and Brian shack up with Vince, from the first Fast film…Vince is Dom’s brother from another mother, and he was the one who resisted Brian’s joining of their gang in that first movie.  In that first movie, if you don’t remember, Brian O’Conner was a cop in deep cover.  So Vince’s suspicions were right on, but that is the past, and everyone is seemingly hunky dory now.

Vince offers Brian and Mia a job stealing some cars from a train.  A moving train, that is, and Dom shows up just in time to join the fun.  The job goes completely wrong…of course it does.  It turns out that this job was for the head dick in charge of all things criminal in Rio.  His name is Reyes and he is not so happy with the mess in his house.  Reyes is played by the “Latin Jack Ryan” (see also, A Clear and Present Danger), Juaquim de Almeida, both a typical and completely effective baddie.  His right hand man, Zizi (Michael Irby), is on this job with Brian, Mia, and Vince.  Zizi shoots and kills three US federal agents when things head south on the train job and the Toretto clan is implicated, being knocked straight to the top of the Most Wanted List.  You may recognize Zizi as “Betty Blue” from the former CBS show, The Unit….I loved that show and was sorry when it was yanked!

From this point, two things happen that jump start the plot: 

First, Agent Hobbs (Dewayne “The Rock” Johnson) and his team is sent to Rio to track down Torreto and company.  Side note: one of Hobbs team by the name of Fusco is portrayed by Alimi Ballard…aka David, from the former CBS show Numbers.  I loved that show as well.  Damn you CBS!

Second, Dom decides to spoil Reyes’ day by jacking his cash, as a means for escaping his wrath and blame for the train job.  Steal all the man has, steal the man’s strength and power.

This is where the Ocean’s 11 scheme begins.

The title Ocean’s 11 comes from the number of participants in the heist led by Danny Ocean.  When Dom, Brian, and Mia agree that robbing Reyes is the way to solve their problems, they decide that they need a crew.

If you think back to the trailer for this film, do you remember that “the gang’s all here” swagger up the beach, full-up with Ludacris, Tyrese, Sung Kang, and the rest of the FF crew?  If you didn’t realize why they all looked vaguely familiar, it’s because the Torreto posse this go-around is comprised completely of all of the surviving “good guy” characters from the previous Fast films.

The wild ride that follows is a fantastic load of big gun fights, big brawls, and loads of great car chase action.

Gal Gadot is back as Giselle from Fast and Furious and ladies and gentleman, she is smokin’ hot.  No offense, ladies, as there is plenty of man-meat on screen for you to enjoy as well.  Also in the “File Under Hot” folder is newcomer to the Fast action, Elsa Pataky, an uber-smokin’ Spanish actress, whose biggest Hollywood release previously was Snakes on a Plane (Best. Movie. Ever. — Kidding…but I do like it.)

I think that this film is universally enjoyable.  I saw it in a theater about ¼ full.  It was a big house, so this meant well over 100 folks in the crowd.  There were several moments near the end that led to spontaneous outbursts of cheers and applause.  I love it when that happens at movies in moments that deserve it.  I generally hate applause at the end of a movie, unless the filmmaker or other folks involved in a film are actually there.

The vehicles used in this movie were less of characters as in previous outings, and really, it was a tribute to this being much less of a car racing movie.
Some of the dialogue is cheesy and Tyrese is, as always, spouting one-liner after one-liner.  But I liked it.  Tyrese has a great delivery…one of my all-time favorites of his, is “Left-cheek, left-cheek, left-cheek…” from the first Michael Bay Transformers film.

Vin Diesel and The Rock have a memorable face-off in this film and let me say, The Rock is effing huge.  Some of the pre-release articles on the film indicated that he put on 30 lbs. of muscle for the role.  I also heard recently that he is wrestling again?  I’m sure that helped with the bulk.

Fast Five gets 4 of 5 Horns.

Stay about 1/3 of the way through the credits, as there is a credits stinger worth staying for.  It also helps set-up the purported two sequels that the studio has been talking about.  Bringing in $150 million domestically and loads more per film overseas, why not make more?  And with this effort and the last actually being worth a damn, I am not opposed.

Until next time…take care

Reel Rhino

PS: Osama Bin Laden is Dead.

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