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Paul Walker

Nov. 30, 2013 – that was the date when one of Hollywood’s nice guys passed away. People who knew actor, Paul Walker, described him as someone that became like a brother when he was your friend while others said he was an angel with the most beautiful smile.

Hidden underneath all of that was also a kind soul that was always eager to help out various charities. He was even on the way back from a charity event on the day that he tragically died in the car accident that claimed his life.

Now any film critic or journalist will honestly tell you that Paul Walker was no Daniel Day-Lewis or Leonardo Di Caprio, it was unlikely that he was ever going to win an Oscar for his outstanding acting performances. Instead he was the kind of actor that made enjoyable films that were fun for an audience to go and watch.

Let’s take a look at some of Paul Walker’s top films:

“Joy Ride” (2001) – “Joy Ride” or “Roadkill” (as it is known in some countries) is a hidden gem in the horror thriller genre. What was a veiled a ‘teenage thrill ride’ was actually a film that could give you goosebumps the next time a truck sails past you on the freeway. All thanks to a great little script from the legendary J.J. Abrams.

Walker plays Lewis Thomas a young student who decides to drive across country to visit his best friend (and he hopes to be soon girlfriend) Venna (Leelee Sobieski). Along the way though he has to pick up his brother, Fuller (Steve Zahn), who has once again got him into a spot of bother. It’s there that the fun (or should that be horror) starts when Fuller decides that it would be fun to get a CB Radio and play jokes on truck drivers. Soon they have a psychotic truck driver named Rusty Nail (Matthew Kimbrough/Ted Levine) coming after them as he doesn’t like being the victim of a joke.

Often these kinds of teen horrors fall flat on their face but here Abrams’ script absolutely nails it. The suspense is raised to eleven and even after watching the film a number of times there are a more than a few moments that will make you jump.

“Varsity Blues” (1999) – One of the first film roles that made people sit up and take notice of a young actor named Paul Walker was “Varsity Blues.” The film was designed to show that “Dawson’s Creek” star James Van Der Beek could also be a big screen star, but instead it was Walker who impressed those who saw the film.

Here Walker plays Lance Harbor the star quarterback of a High School football team based in Texas. Lance has everything he’s the most popular kid in school, he’s the town darling and he looks set for a college scholarship. But then everything turns bad when Coach Kilmer (Jon Voight) pushes him too far and he does a knee injury that ends his season.

Walker showed in this role that he had more than just good looks, that he actually had some acting skills, more than enough actually to see him make it in Hollywood.

“The Skulls” (2000) – Paul Walker also showed his skill and another film that was to showboat another “Dawson’s Creek” stars’ ability. With director Rob Cohen at the helm “The Skulls” was supposed to be a teen thriller led by Joshua Jackson.

Jackson played Lucas McNamara a gifted young student who joins a ‘special’ college fraternity known as The Skulls in order to make sure that he is accepted into his dream college and course – Harvard Law. Soon his friends Chloe Whitfield (Leslie Bibb) and Caleb Mandrake (Paul Walker) are also wrapped up in the deadly game that comes directly from The Skulls.

On reflection the story behind “The Skulls” doesn’t make a lot of sense, but this is still a worthy thriller that at times has you on the edge of your seat.

“The Fast And The Furious” (2001) – Twelve months after “The Skulls” Paul Walker again worked with director, Rob Cohen. This time in a film that would turn into a franchise that would change his career that would change his life and make him one of Hollywood’s most famous stars.

Walker exploded onto the scene as Agent Brian O’Conner a cop who goes undercover as a street racer in a bid to bring down a group of criminals including Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). But soon Brian finds himself enjoying the lifestyle and even falling in love with Dom’s sister Mia (Jordana Brewster).

This was a role that really allowed Paul Walker to shine. There were scenes of intense drama between Dom and Brian plus Walker got to indulge in some stunt work and embrace a huge love in his life… fast cars.

“Fast Five” (2011) – Ten years into the franchise and it was starting to lose its appeal a little. Paul Walker had appeared in some, Vin Diesel had appeared in some. Truth be told though the franchise was always a little on the nose when they both didn’t appear in the same film. But then came “Fast Five” the film that saw director Justin Lin turn the whole thing on its head.

Paul Walker had begun to make a name for himself as an actor that enjoyed stunts and Lin pushed him to the limits as Brian and Dom tried to outrun some new law enforcement officer, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). The good news was that Walker was up to the challenge and he more than proved himself as an action star as well as a half-decent actor.

If you’re looking at a way to remember the fun loving Paul after his tragic death then why not give these five films a bit of spin and remember the good times?

Fast & Furious 6

Summary: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of all-stars as the global blockbuster franchise built on speed races to its next continent in Fast & Furious 6. Reuniting for their most high-stakes adventure yet, fan favorites Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Elsa Pataky are joined by badass series newcomers Luke Evans and Gina Carano. Building on the worldwide blockbuster success of Fast Five and taking the action, stunts and narrative to even greater heights, Fast & Furious 6 sees director Justin Lin back behind the camera for the fourth time. He is supported by longtime producers Neal H. Moritz and Vin Diesel, who welcome producer Clayton Townsend back to the series.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 6th June, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Justin Lin

Screenwriter: Chris Morgan, Gary Scott Thompson (characters)

Cast: David Ajala (Ivory), Lee Asquith-Coe (Sgt. Sheldern), Jin Au-Yeng (Jimmy), Revil Beat (Benito), Jordana Brewster (Mia), Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges (Tej), Gina Carano (Riley), Man William Crane (Baby Jack), Benjamin Davies (Adolfson), Vin Diesel (Dominic Toretto), Luke Evans (Shaw), Gal Gadot (Gisele), Tyrese Gibson (Roman), Dwayne Johnson (Hobbs), Sung Kang (Han), Kim Kold (Klaus), Thure Lindhardt (Firuz), Stephen Marcus (Davies), Jhony Mendez (Santiago), John Oritz (Braga), Clara Paget (Vegh), Elsa Pataky (Elena), Andy Pointon (Terry), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty), Jason Statham (Ian Shaw), Samuel M. Stewart (Denlinger), Matthew Stirling (Oakes), Johannes Taslim (Jah), Paul Walker (Brian O’Connor), Shea Whigham (Stasiak)

Runtime: 130 mins

Classification:M

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘FAST & FURIOUS 6’:

David Griffiths: Stars(3)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Fast & Furious 6’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Adam Ross: Stars(3)

Please check Adam’s review of ‘Fast & Furious 6’ that is available on The Crat

Greg King: Stars(3)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Fast & Furious 6’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Nick Gardener: Stars(2.5)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘Fast & Furious 6’ that is available on The Wednesday Motley Crew

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating:  Fast & Furious 6 (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Fast & Furious 6′: Nil.

‘Fast & Furious 6’ Interviews: http://www.mediafire.com/folder/ca4ibww3wdam9/Fast_%26_Furious_6_Cast_Interviews

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Fast & Furious 6

Before you head out to see ‘Fast & Furious 6’ make sure you check out these interviews with the cast and crew. There are interview with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kung, Gal Gadot, Chris Ludacris, Luke Evans, Elsa Pataky, Gina Carano, Justin Lin and Neal Moritz.

Take a listen here – http://www.mediafire.com/folder/ca4ibww3wdam9/Fast_%26_Furious_6_Cast_Interviews

Fast & Furious 5

Summary: Vin Diesel and Paul walker return for the most thrilling action-packed film yet in the billion dollar franchise. In the latest chapter, former cop Brian (Walker) joins ex-con Dom (Diesel) on the other side of the law as the two former rivals become fugitives on the run.

Year: 2011

Australian Cinema Release Date: 20th April, 2011

Australian DVD Release Date: 24th August, 2011

Country: USA

Director: Justin Lin

Screenwriter: Chris Morgan, Gary Scott Thompson (characters)

Cast: Alimi Ballard (Fusco), Jordana Brewster (Mia Toretto), Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges (Tej Parker), Tego Calderon (Tego Leo), Fernando Chien (Wilkes), Yorgo Constantine (Chato), Esteban Cueto (Berto), Luis Da Silva Jnr. (Diogo), Joaquim de  Almedia (Hernan Reyes), Vin Diesel (Dominic Toretto), Corey Michael Eubanks (Lanzo), Gal Gadot (Gisele Harabo), Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce), Mark Hicks (Capa), Michael Irby (Zizi), Dwayne Johnson (Luke Hobbs), Sung Kang (Han Lue), Geoff Meed (Macroy), Joseph Melendez (Chief of Police Alemeida), Eva Mendes (Monica Fuentes), Don Omar (Rico Santos), Jeirmarie Osorio (Rosa), Elsa Pataky (Elena Neves), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty), Matt Schulze (Vince), Richard Tavernaro (Officer Castro)

Runtime: 130 mins

Classification:M

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘FAST & FURIOUS 5’:

David Griffiths: 

How many series of films can boast the fact that they are still going strong after 5 movies… maybe only the Harry Potter series when you really think about it, but while films such as Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift may have been lowlights in the series (not awful just lowlights) Fast & Furious 5 sees this series again rise to the top of its class… this is truly one of the finest action movies to ever reach the big screen.

After a prison break-out Dom (Vin Diesel – Los Bandoleros, Fast & Furious), Mia (Jordana Brewster – TV’S Gigantic, Dark Blue) and Brian (Paul Walker – Takers, Fast & Fuirous) are again on the run from the law. This time they are in Rio where they learn that the line between the law and the crims isn’t as black and white as it should be. Despite the fact that the have a determined Marshall, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson – Faster, You Again) on their tail they decide to team up with some old friends and pull off a heist that will help support them for the rest of their lives.

Many believe that director, Justin Lin (TV’S Community, Fast & Furious) brought disgrace to this series with Tokyo Drift but he certainly redeems himself here. Fast & Furious 5 is porn for those who love no-stop action, and it seems somewhere along the way Lin has learnt how to deliver action in the bucket-loads. Whether it be a rooftop chase over the slums of Rio or a car chase that seems to have lifted the bar for all Hollywood car chases Lin knows how to keep his audience entertained and on the edge of their seat.

Lin also doesn’t fall into the trap of completely wiping out characterization from an action movie. Yes, Dwayne Johnson’s role seems pretty much a cardboard cut-out but Lin does make some attempt at furthering the characters of Dom, Mia and Paul. Although I must admit one of the highlights of the film is its action especially the car chase and the fight between Dom and Luke… hasn’t everyone at sometime wondered who would win a fight between Vin Diesel and The Rock?

As far as action films go Fast & Furious 5 is a stunner. If you see it on the big screen be prepared to be blown away by a film that puts every dollar of its budget to great use… and stick around for the little bit extra that you see during the credits, no fan of this series will want to miss it.

Stars(4)

(out of 5)

IMDB Rating: Fast Five (2011) on IMDb

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