Wow, time flies, and it flies really fast too, like a space shuttle. Though maybe not in space, because in proportion to distance the speed is minimal; everything is relevant. Movin on...
A couple of days back I went to the movies and watched Fast & Furious 5.
I had high expectations but maybe also some doubts since the previous movie in the series wasn't a big hit in my eyes, it featured an unnecessary death and a plot and filmography that suddenly moved away from real driving and a well-paced atmosphere to way too much speed, stress and a commercially sellable storyline, throwing in a character from the third movie, as it seemed, to kill the spin-off, make the third movie seem like it really was part of the series when it was probably the start of something new. The third movie was great.
No doubt people wanted Dom & Brian back though... and maybe Letty too, because in the fifth movie her death is revealed to have been slightly over-exaggerated and I wonder if they really planned that initially. That's at the very end though, right after the rolling credits, and though I dislike the trend of adding hints at the next movie within a movie (movies are supposed to standalone, they shouldn't be a series) it was a satisfactory clue this time.
The fifth movie (this one) kept the speed but managed to avoid the noticeably commercial script and moved back in style to that of the first two movies, or more like the first one. It was intense, well-filmed, with great driving scenes (not just special effects), a good plot and a whole lot of destruction. It also ended well for all characters (oh, spoiler btw, lmao) and despite the obvious pastiche on Oceans 11 it turned out great, better than I expected it actually, and my doubts were cleared out entirely... though I still hate that sequel hinting thing.
Anyhow, I didn't start this post to write a review about the movie, I already did that; as soon as I manage to get a suitable header it'll be up on the site (which should be shortly, IOW today). What I really meant to post about was... well, yeah I don't know. I played through Max Payne on regular and hard-boiled mode and I'm about to post the savefiles for whomever wants them (that later today too). I'm working on sites like crazy and staying up way too late missing the sunshine, but I think I'm about to get some of that right now, and lunch, so later.