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R.I.P. Paul Walker


R.I.P. Paul Walker

Paul Walker suit

The actor most known for his role in The Fast and the Furious movies died yesterday afternoon (11/30/13) in a car accident in Valencia, CA.  His friend Roger Rodas was driving.  Walker had been at a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide earlier in the day.  Both men were found dead in the wreckage of a red Porche.  Walker was only 40 years old.

It’s sad and shocking news.  I’ve been a fan of Paul Walker’s movies ever since I saw him in Pleasantville (1998).  It’s awful to see him go way before his time.

Paul was not known for dramas, rather he was most known for action movies and thrillers.

Running Scared Walker Gun

My favorite Paul Walker movie is Running Scared (2006).  Other great Walker movies include Eight Below (2006), The Lazarus Project (2008), The Fast and the Furious (2001), Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013), and The Death and Life of Bobby Z (2007).

Eight Below Walker Dogs

Walker was supposed to be in Fast & Furious 7 in 2014.

Hours (2013) will be Paul’s second to the last movie to be released.  It is set to be released later this month.  The last movie that he made was Brick Mansions (2014).

The world lost another great actor.  He will be missed.

Paul Walker movies that I have reviewed include:

Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013)

Vehicle 19 (2013)

Trailer for Hours (2013)


Hours Poster

Hours (2013)

Paul Walker keeps making basically one-man independent movies.  At least this one looks better than Vehicle 19 (2013).

The film is about a man (Walker) who desperately tries to keep his premature newborn baby daughter alive during Hurricane Katrina.

The movie was written and directed by Eric Heisserer and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Genesis Rodriguez, and Nick Gomez.

The film is set to release on 12/13/13.

Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013)


Pawn Shop Chronicles Poster

Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013)

Back in 2006 I was blown away when I watched the film Running Scared (2006).  I saw that movie in theatres three different times.  It was that good.  Paul Walker was the main star and Wayne Kramer directed.  Yesterday I watched a preview for Pawn Shop Chronicles and thought it looked like it could be pretty awesome and it has a solid cast.  Paul Walker is one of the main stars, but when I found out Kramer directed, that made me want to see it.

Pawn Shop Chronicles follows multiple stories involving drugged-out hillbillies, newlyweds, and an Elvis impersonator as their lives all intertwine because of their transactions made at a pawn shop.

Pawn Shop Chronicles Walker

The noteworthy cast includes Paul Walker, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Kevin Rankin, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elijah Wood, Chi McBride, Thomas Jane, Norman Reedus, Lukas Haas, DJ Qualls, Michael Cudlitz, Ashlee Simpson, and Matt O’Leary.

The movie is a disturbingly dark comedy and weird, white trash, hillbilly adventure.

Kramer continues the trend of super intense filmmaking with unique, quirky, fun characters in a brutally twisted storyline.

Just like Running Scared, the camera work and editing is very unique and fast-paced which helps to make the movie more thrilling.

Pawn Shop Chronicles Fraser

The movie is very graphic.  It was pretty shocking at times.  F-bombs, nudity, and disturbing images were all overused.

Within the first ten minutes of the film, I began to wonder what I had gotten myself into.  But, then the movie hit its stride and got much better.

Walker plays a way different type of character than he has ever played.  It was actually pretty refreshing to see him try something new for a change.  It was a stretch for him, but he pulled it off nicely.

For you Reedus fans out there; his role will disappoint you because it is hardly noticeable.  I felt like he was way underused.

This is Fraser’s best movie in over a decade.  I was happy to see him in a likable role again.

Dillon stole the show, in my opinion.  It never seems like he misses a stride.  Every once in a while when he finds the right character, he gives a breakout performance that reminds us all that he still has the ability to take over a movie.

Pawn Shop Chronicles Dillon D'Onofrio

For the type of film that this is, it is an exercise in quality filmmaking.  It will keep you guessing.  It is a funny, messed up, shocking adventure like no other.

I rate this movie an 8 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

Vehicle 19 (2013)


Vehicle 19 Poster

Vehicle 19 (2013)

I had no expectations before watching this movie.  Paul Walker has made some surprising films in the past, so I thought that I would give Vehicle 19 a chance.  Which movies has Walker surprised me in before?  Good question.  The answer is Running Scared (2006), The Lazarus Project (2008), and Eight Below (2006).

Vehicle 19 Walker bound girl

Vehicle 19 follows Michael Woods (Paul Walker), an American who travels to a foreign country.  He is in for a bumpy ride when a mix-up with the rental car company lands him in a vehicle with a cell phone, a pistol, and a bound and gagged woman in the back seat.

The movie was written and directed by Mukunda Michael Dewil.  There are no other noteworthy cast members.

Vehicle 19 Walker bad look

Paul Walker is the lead in this boring waste of time, foreign, low budget one man show filled with cheap car chases, laughable special effects, a dull storyline, and uninteresting dialogue.

The soundtrack was painfully annoying and did not help the film’s cause.

For a movie classified as an action/thriller, it was deathly slow at times.

The plot was basically the equivalent to the punch line of a bad joke.  It was not entertaining, it lacked a point, and I quickly wanted to change the subject.  Often when the main character encountered a problem in the movie, the solution was all way too convenient.

The acting was bad.  The writing was worse, but the filmmaking as a whole was just a disgrace.  Luckily the movie’s runtime was only 85 minutes.  However, that was an 85 minutes that I will not get back.

Vehicle 19 Walker gun

Do yourself a favor and steer clear of this train wreck that somehow became a movie.  It is not worth your time or money.

I rate this movie a 1 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  RUN!

Teaser Trailer for Riddick (2013)


Riddick international poster

Riddick (2013)

It seems that Vin Diesel can only make 2 movies these days.  Either a sequel to The Fast and the Furious (2001) or a sequel to Pitch Black (2000).  He is supposedly making a sequel to XXX (2001), but we will see if that actually happens.

Let’s ask ourselves a question why more of those sequels?  Diesel wasn’t in 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), and he had a cameo uncredited appearance in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006).  It wasn’t until Fast & Furious (2009) that he returned to the fast and furious franchise.  So why the 8 year gap?

The answers to those questions are that Vin Diesel supposedly had a falling out with some people from the fast crew and he wanted to go off and make Vin Diesel movies.  So what did he make during that 8 year gap?

Arguably Knockaround Guys (2001) was out the same year as the first Fast, so that doesn’t count.  It pretty much tanked anyways.  In 2002, XXX comes out and does very well.  A Man Apart (2003) comes out and Vin is on a roll.  That is my personal favorite Diesel movie, by the way.  Then he has some time to make a sequel to the popular Pitch Black called The Chronicles of Riddick (2004).  Then the tough guy makes a kids movie, The Pacifier (2005) and although it does well, Diesel fans think that it’s a joke.  Then he does Find Me Guilty (2006) which was mediocre, but also tanks.  At this point, he’s not really making anything else, so he does the cameo for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.  Is it because Paul Walker and none of the original cast is in the movie?  Probably.  Then Diesel makes Babylon A.D. (2008) and it’s another disaster.  After all of the flops Vin has lost his audience and needs revival.  So what does he do?  He makes good with the fast gang and makes an odd, out of order sequel, Fast & Furious.  People actually go out and see the sequel, so he makes a bigger and better one in, Fast Five (2011).  He can’t get into any original movies, so he is coming back with Riddick (2013), not to mention Fast & Furious 6 (2013) just went into post production.  How long will Vin ride the sequel train before it derails and he is all washed up?

Did we really need another Riddick movie?  Weren’t the first 2 bad enough?  They both had one cool concept, a big tough guy with cool glasses.

So in Riddick they have managed to find a bigger, tougher guy than Vin and his name is Dave Bautista.  Karl Urban, Bokeem Woodbine, Jordi Molla, Katee Sackhoff, Nolan Gerard Funk, and Raoul Trujillo all join the fun.  David Twohy writes and directs.

It is set to release on 9/6/13.

I will be skipping this movie.  No thank you.