With the death of star Paul Walker during production, this latest entry in the series seemed doomed. However, director James Wan has pulled off the franchise’s biggest stunt to date, delivering a non-stop thrill ride where it’s hard to see the joins. And taking on Vin Diesel’s “family” of petrolheads is Jason Statham, the best foe yet.
Russell Crowe makes his directorial debut with this period piece, in which he plays an Aussie farmer who travels to Gallipoli to find the spot where his sons fell in battle. It’s a bit of a vanity project for the Antipodean star, but a good-looking one all the same.
Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts star here as a couple going not so much through a midlife crisis as a stasis. Into their lives come cool 20-somethings Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried, whose joie de vivre has a transformative effect on the pair. Frances Ha’s Noah Baumbach writes and directs.
It took Ridley Scott 25 years to get his 1982 dystopian masterpiece just the way he wanted it. And this welcome reissue for his “final cut” should whet the appetite for the much-anticipated sequel, which will see Harrison Ford reprise his role as replicant-hunter Rick Deckard.