Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s more or less impossible to reboot a massively popular franchise for the big screen without drawing the ire of a few fans, but one major criticsm plaguing Star Trek Into Darkness in recent days has nothing to do with J.J. Abrams‘ Klingon redesign or use of parallel timelines. Midway through the film, there’s a brief scene in which the character Carol Marcus (Alice Eve) strips down to her underwear for no apparent reason. Some fans called filmmakers out for being sexist, and so far writer Damon Lindelof has stepped up to offer his apologies.
The minor controversy was fresh in my mind when I went to go see Fast & Furious 6, which, as you’d expect, outdoes Star Trek Into Darkness‘ tiny sliver of cheesecake on every level. All of the female stars of Fast & Furious 6 are conventionally attractive to begin with, and none shy away from wearing form-fitting outfits or showing off a bit of cleavage. Additionally, scantily clad female extras are used in several sequences as little more than set decoration. And yet I walked away from Fast & Furious 6 thinking that director Justin Lin and his crew could teach the Star Trek team a thing or two about portraying female characters on screen.
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Though the second Fast and Furious movie was a hit, it left fans with a bad taste in their mouths. Star Vin Diesel didn’t return, the chemistry was slightly off and the action didn’t live up to the first film. Enter Justin Lin. With the third film, he didn’t exactly win (most) fans back, but he brought Diesel back and began a mythological arc that culminates this weekend in Fast and Furious 6. Over the course of four films, Lin has turned the franchise into a legitimate, studio saving blockbuster while simultaneously elevating the spectacle to totally different levels.
With Fast and Furious 6, Lin does that again but now he’s leaving the franchise behind him. However he leaves behind a newly rejuvenated fan base, a laundry list of beloved characters and a complete story with room to expand.
We spoke to Lin on the eve of Fast and Furious 6 and discussed those things as well as the wacky timeline, building a mythology, filming the street race scenes, trailers spoiling the action, shooting 6 and 7 back to back and and the all-important Corona budget. Read More »
Long before Fast and Furious 6 was in production, fans were curious about its title. Would the film be called Fast Six? Furious Six? Maybe just Fast and Furious 6, or some other combination of the title elements. Eventually the producers settled on the simple title Fast and Furious 6, and the movie hits theaters on May 24.
When you sit down to see the movie, though, you’ll find a title card that reads “Furious 6” rather than “Fast and Furious 6.” Um, what? (Somewhat like the “Iron Man Three” title card on the movie otherwise called Iron Man 3.) We spoke to director Justin Lin about the film and he discussed why he made that potentially confusing decision. Read his quote below.
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Posted on Monday, April 29th, 2013 by Angie Han
The Fast and the Furious films have always done well, but 2011’s Fast Five really kicked the franchise up to a whole new level in terms of box office, critical praise, and gleefully over-the-top ridiculousness. With some luck, Fast & Furious 6 could raise the bar even higher. That shot of a car shooting out of burning airplane, for example, seemed like a great start.
Helmed by returning director Justin Lin, the latest installment of the car-centric series sees Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) turning to Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker) and the rest of the gang for help in catching a dangerous mastermind (Luke Evans). In exchange, our favorite thieves will get full pardons so they can return home. Complicating matters is the unexpected reappearance of Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) whom they believed to be dead. Watch the last trailer after the jump.
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Though Fast and Furious fans are excited to be getting a new film soon, many took a moment of silence this week for Justin Lin‘s departure from the series. The director of the third, fourth, fifth and now sixth installments recently revealed that he wouldn’t return for Fast and Furious 7. Universal wants to rush it out next year, and he didn’t feel the schedule was creatively workable. This is the guy who took a franchise about racing cars a quarter mile at a time and turned it into a bona fide blockbuster action franchise. His touch will be missed.
That leaves Fast and Furious 7 in need of a director and Latino-Review is reporting three men are currently on the short list. They are Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2), Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) and Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid). Read More »
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The final poster for the final Justin Lin Fast and Furious movie has just been released. The tagline reads “All Roads Lead To This,” with a full hero shot of Fast and Furious 6 cast members including Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and Jordana Brewster. Noticeably absent are the bad guys, including Luke Evans and Gina Carano. I’m sure we’ll get more of them as we approach the film’s May 24 release. Check it out below. Read More »
Vin Diesel recently revealed that the seventh film in the Fast and Furious franchise would start filming this Summer in Los Angeles. That’s true, but it turns out the director of the past four films won’t be returning.
The Hollywood Reporter says Justin Lin will not return for Fast and Furious 7, which Universal wants in theaters Summer 2014. He’s currently finishing Fast and Furious 6, out May 24, and doesn’t feel like an accelerated time table would result in his best work. Read More »
Universal has turned the Fast & Furious franchise into a juggernaut that fans love — I’d wager that I see more anticipation expressed for Fast & Furious 6 on a daily basis than I do for any other summer tentpole slated for release this year. By crafting a series of tightly interconnected stories, the studio (and screenwriter Chris Morgan and director Justin Lin) have pinpointed exactly what audiences want: big action with entertaining actors, and a story throughline to match long-form television.
Seems so simple, but only Marvel is building the same sort of structure, and capturing fans the same way.
Fast & Furious 6 arrives on May 24, and in a note about an early screening of the film Vin Diesel says that the reaction to 6 is good enough that shooting on Fast & Furious 7 is already set for this summer. Read More »
Justin Lin has carved out a unique position for himself. Since making The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Lin has done only one feature that wasn’t part of the FF franchise: the mock-doc comedy called Finishing the Game. He’s made four Fast & Furious films now, and overseen the franchise as it became both the premiere action franchise in Hollywood and Universal’s most reliable money-maker.
In other words, he’s in a good place.
And that means that, for the time being, whenever we hear about Lin being attached to new projects, they have to be understood to be things that will have to fit around whatever Lin’s further interest in the FF franchise is. His latest attachment is to a thriller based on a new, currently unpublished thriller novel from Patrick Lee, the author of The Breach. Read More »