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You get what you expect with this movie, an action fest filled with one liners and little in the way of character development, but you know what, it’s okay, you are still allowed to enjoy it, and that’s exactly what I did.

Yeah, it’s a no brainer and there are a few laughs where you expect maybe there shouldn’t be, but you’re still laughing and that’s enjoyment. Who knows, perhaps they were expected!


The plot isn’t that tough to get a hold of, and the character of Vin Diesel just devours the screen almost blocking out the point for a plot in the first place, but it still doesn’t matter. The action scenes are excellent fun, and watching the amazing avalanche sequence is wonderful. You know it just can’t work out like that, but still, it’s fantastic to watch.

The acting isn’t that bad and it’s well filmed, and until you see the master plan in action everythings going along to plan and formula. It’s that last part of the movie that bugs me, that contraption that is launched just seems toylike and over engineered to me. Without raising a laugh, it makes a mokery of what the film has been trying to do to that point and just looks entirely out of place.

However, the stupid contraption aside, it’s a really fun movie and a good way to waste a few hours in the name of entertainment. Diesel is very good and commands screen time, and the whole premise works out quite well.

What did surprise me is seeing the almost subtle movement of the character from caring about himself and getting out of the mission alive and as soon as possible, to caring about the future of one person and then suddenly about the mission and the saving of the city. It was interesting seeing those scenes that pinpointed some of these moves and reinforced the stereotyped aspects of his character.

Oh, plus he drove a really cool car in the film!

The DVD Commentary is very entertaining and informative, with some really good insights into the process of filming and the characters involved. Rob Cohen clearly shows his passion for cinema throughout. The additional extras are enjoyable as well, and with deleted scenes including their own commentary, the whole package sits well on DVD.

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