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“Furious 7” trailer

Here’s the first trailer for “Furious 7”. And it looks awesome.

The film stars Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky, Lucas Black, Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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“Fast and Furious 6” is probably my favorite film of the summer so far. From director Justin Lin and starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Luke Evans, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Gal Gadot and a lot more, the film is a total blast. SPOILERS: the most entertaining scene? The third act where they take down a plane. Here’s a featurette that shows how Lin and the crew tried to shoot as much of that as possible.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here’s the trailer for “Machete Kills”.

From Robert Rodriguez (“Sin City”) the sequel stars Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Carlos Estevez, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demián Bichir, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, Marko Zaror and Mel Gibson

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

They’re back. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson and company are back for “Fast and Furious 6”, this time facing off against Luke Evans. Does this film compare to “Fast Five” or is Justin Lin’s latest running out of gas?

The Good 

This movie, like “Fast Five” is so much fun. The action is crazy and raised to a new level. The flip car driven by Evans is kick-ass in action. And yes, the set pieces do get ridiculous. But scenes with a tank driving down a highway and the plane sequence might discard any form of realism, but they’re hugely entertaining. Evans is clearly having fun as the villain and the fight scenes, most notably Rodriguez vs. Gina Carano are very well staged. There are some funny wise cracks and, stay tuned during the credits for a tease to “Fast and Furious 7”, because it should get action movie fans very, very excited.

The Bad

Diesel at times seems to be phoning in his performance. Not that I’m expecting Oscar worthy performances, but at times he seemed a little bored and just going through the motions. Also, the humor doesn’t always work in the film. And let’s face it, if you’re not a fan of “Fast Five”, you’re not going to be a fan of this film as the action gets more ridiculous.

The Final Word 

An Oscar winner this ain’t. But “Fast and Furious 6” is a fantastically enjoyable action film. The action is relentless, fun and entertaining and it seems the franchise is taking off. For those looking for an exciting summer action film, look no further than this one.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Two highly anticipated sequels and one new film on the block look to take advantage of the lucrative Memorial Day weekend. What film will come out on top?

This is going to come down to a (pardon the pun) race between “The Hangover Part III” and “Fast and Furious 6”. Todd Phillips’ latest wisely decided to open one day early. But this one has a lot working against it. The second film opened big a couple of years back, but then went away quickly, not even matching its predecessor, despite opening twice as big. Third films in franchises, (“Shrek the Third”, “Spider-Man 3”, “The Matrix Revolutions”) rarely perform as well as the first two installments. And the second one was hated by critics and fans a like. This one’s getting trashed by the critics too, so this one won’t come close to the first two film’s grosses. Still, a five-day opening of $95-105 million seems possible, but expect it also to fade fast.

“Fast and Furious 6” on the other hand is hot on the heels of “Fast Five”, which became the highest grossing film in the franchise and the most critically loved one as well. The film sees Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson return, as well as Michelle Rodriguez and a lot of others. Luke Evans joins as the villain. This film may have a tough time matching the last film because of all the competition this summer, but Universal clearly believes in this film, hiring “Saw” director James Wan to take over from Justin Lin for “Fast and Furious 7”. This one has a lot of pent up demand and is a lot more accessible than “The Hangover Part III”, though it still targets males.

A four-day opening north of $100 million should be the standard (If you include Thursday night shows).

“Epic” seems like the odd film out. It should be a hit. It’s the first animated film since “The Croods” and families will be looking for a movie to see. But, animated action films always tend to be a tougher sell and previews have given off very different tones for the film. A voice cast that includes Pit Bull, Christoph Waltz, Amanda Seyfreid, Beyonce and Colin Farrell is an interesting mix. And this one should be a modest hit over the four-day weekend. However, this is also a film that could break out in a big way if families are determined to see a film, though I think most will wait for “Despicable Me 2” and “Monsters University”. But I think a four-day opening of $45 million plus is within reach.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

It’s been rumored for a while now. But we know that “Fast and Furious 7” is having a big name join the cast for the supposed finale. Michelle Rodriguez confirmed that Jason Statham will be in “Fast and Furious 7”. I can’t wait! Hopefully James Wan can keep up the momentum.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Dwayne Johnson hinted that if the next Fast and Furious film shot this summer he would have to drop out because of his schedule. But just because director Justin Lin is out and James Wan is in doesn’t mean Universal won’t move…fast and furiously to get “Fast and Furious 7” out. At CinemaCon, the release date for the seventh film was set for July 11, 2014. That’s fast considering “Fast and Furious 6” comes out this Memorial Day weekend. The sixth film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and more. The seventh film is rumored to have Jason Statham as the villain.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

I think everyone was a bit surprised when Justin Lin, the director of “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”, “Fast and Furious”, “Fast Five” and the upcoming “Fast and Furious 6” announced he would not return for “Fast and Furious 7”. Since then a couple names have been thrown around. Reports are surfacing that Universal is close to signing a director that may surprise you.

James Wan is reportedly close to becoming the director for the seventh film. Wan directed “Saw”, “Death Sentence” and “Insidious” but this would be the largest film he’s ever worked on.

Meanwhile, “Fast and Furious 6” hits theaters next month and stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Gina Carano, Dwayne Johnson, Luke Gross and more.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Justin Lin made the surprise announcement that he was leaving the franchise after “Fast and Furious 6”. That film is set to be one of the big blockbusters this summer and stars Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Gina Carano, Michelle Rodriguez and a supposed cameo by Jason Statham. Now reports are that Universal is looking at three directors to replace him. First up is Jeff Wadlow, the director of “Never Back Down” and “Kick-Ass 2”. His only other feature film was “Cry_Wolf” so…I guess Universal must have a lot of confidence in how good “Kick-Ass 2” will turn out because this seems like a really inexperienced choice for such a big franchise. Next up is Brad Furman, director of “The Lincoln Lawyer” and the upcoming film “Runner Runner”. His only other feature length film was “The Take”, which I’ve never seen, but this also seems like an awfully inexperienced guy to hand the reins to. Harold Zwart is reportedly the final candidate. He’s helming the upcoming “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” adaptation and directed the latest “The Karate Kid” film. But he also directed “Agent Cody Banks” and “The Pink Panther 2”. All these choices seem…terrible to me. But perhaps I’ll be proven wrong.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Fast Five” reignited the “Fast and Furious” franchise. “Fast and Furious 6” is one of my most anticipated films of the summer, starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky, Luke Evans and Gina Carano. We know that a seventh film is on the way, with Jason Statham rumored to be playing the villain in that one. Now in an interview with Empire, Johnson said a spinoff film about his character Luke Hobbs could be coming, possibly before the seventh  film!

“[It could arrive] possibly after this one or after the next one, possibly,” Johnson said. “I’m not quite too sure. I know that’s the goal and we continue to build that character and have him take shape. But yes, I can’t wait.”

This might be FF overload, but if the quality can be kept up, I’d be up for this.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.