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USA - 54 years old
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If you're looking for simple, dedicated action/crime entertainment with some solid hood vibes, F. Gary Gray has you covered. His comedies aren't quite as successful, but still passable when craving some generic Hollywood fare.


The Fate of the Furious

2017 / 136m - USA
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While I'm not the biggest fan of the series, I must give credit where due. The people behind the franchise have been pretty consistently besting themselves with each new entry in the series. That's not a given (just look at all those 80s horror franchises), especially when you're already 8 films in.

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I will say that "besting" is pretty much limited to making the action bigger, crazier and more explosive. If you want serious character development, a solid plot or engrossing drama you better look elsewhere. If on the other hand you're content with some of the best action scenes ever put on screen, F8 has you covered.

The cast does a decent job, though mostly because their characters are tailored to their own personas. The introduction is a bit long and Theron is a disappointing villain, but once the car action begins that's all quickly forgotten. The film doesn't really slow down after that and the finale is one of the best in the series so far. Good fun.

The Italian Job

2003 / 111m - USA
Action, Crime
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Straight outta Compton

2015 / 147m - USA
Drama, Music
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Set It Off

1996 / 123m - USA
Action, Crime
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A simple cops and robbers flick, only with four women in the lead. It's quite ahead of its time if you look at it like that, but at the same time, the film is little more than a basic action/crime flick. That's not too big of a bother though, as genre filler it does its thing rather well and even though the film is a tad long, it never felt like it outstayed its welcome.

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Four young black women are strapped for cash. No matter how hard they try, society doesn't give them the proper chances they deserve, and so they have to get by on scraps. One of them works for a bank. When she gets fired for no good reason, the four come up with a plan to rob a couple of banks.

The performances are decent, the presentation is slick but pleasant and the plot is generic, but the female angle never feels forced and so it ends up adding something valuable. Two hours is a little long, but the pacing is fine and some well-spread-out action scenes keep the blood pumping. Solid.

Law Abiding Citizen

2009 / 109m - USA
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A Man Apart

2003 / 109m - USA
Drama, Action
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Men in Black: International

2019 / 114m - USA
Comedy, Action
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A mediocre attempt to revive a mediocre franchise. Hemsworth is a decent replacement, sadly Thompson falls flat besides him. The CG isn't very impressive and the creature design and voice work are dumb and childish. There's some silly action fun and the light-hearted tone keeps it watchable, but the film lacks any core qualities.

Be Cool

2005 / 118m - USA
Comedy, Crime, Music
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The Negotiator

1998 / 140m - USA
Action, Thriller
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1995 / 91m - USA
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A rather plain and lazy black stoner comedy. If you think the mere idea of weed is funny, then there might be something here for you. Otherwise, it's just broad stereotypes, mediocre performances and purely functional direction. These types of comedy just aren't my thing, I like Gray better when he's doing action flicks.