Fast and Furious 7
The Fast and the Furious has become a monster. Over the course of its 14-year lifespan, the franchise has progressed from modest street racing to the realms of battling mercenaries with arsenals of weapons big enough to wipe out a small county.
In the seventh screen outing, the big bad brother of Owen Shaw, the villain spurned in the previous film, is out for revenge, meaning that Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew must reunite for one last ride (how many times have we heard that one before?) in order to guarantee their safety and freedom. The only thing is, and rather inconveniently for Dom and co, is that Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) is a special forces-trained assassin.
The film’s mood flits uncomfortably between sombre and silly, although this is perhaps inevitable given that franchise mainstay Paul Walker tragically died in an unrelated high-speed accident while the film was still in production.
Nevertheless, there is definitely a time and a place for reversing a souped-up car out of a plane, freefalling thousands of feet before pulling a chute and landing safely on the road and other pleasingly unfeasible stunts.
Verdict: 4 stars
When an alien race known as the Boov land on Earth to make it their new home, the lovable misfit Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons) is banished by his own people, for accidentally alerting their enemies to their whereabouts. He soon crosses paths with the adventurous Tip (voiced by Rihanna), who is searching for her mother, and the pair embark upon an adventure of epic proportions. This intergalactic buddy movie delivers on all levels for kids, but lacks the depth of other DreamWorks Animation films such as Shrek to generate multi-generational appeal.
Verdict: 3 stars
Facing 10 years imprisonment for fraud and embezzlement, the wrongfully convicted investment banker James King (Will Ferrell) turns to his office’s car washer, the diminutive Darnell Lewis (Kevin Hart), whom he incorrectly presumes has been to prison, for a crash course in surviving the slammer. Expect the perpetuation of several race and gender stereotypes with crude joke following lewd jape at alarming speed. Get Hard is essentially a Will Ferrell vehicle and a broken down one at that.
Verdict: 2 stars
Preview: Careful What You Wish For
This thriller stars Nick Jonas as Doug Martin, a young businessman who enters into an affair with Lena (Isabel Lucas), the beautiful wife of an investment banker. Everyone in town becomes a suspect when the banker dies in suspicious circumstances and it is revealed he had a substantial life insurance policy.
Bollywatch: Mr X
Revisiting the 1957 film of the same name, director Vikram Bhatt brings audiences a 3D sci-fi thriller about a young couple who face a shocking betrayal. Emraan Hashmi plays Mr X, who gains the power of invisibility and becomes a vigilante, determined to seek revenge on those that have wronged him.