Thursday, August 28, 2008

From Cars and Girls to Cars and Girls in Movies!!!

If there's one thing I like more than cars and girls, it's cars and girls in movies!

First, we've got Transporter 3 which is scheduled to be released in November of this year. Now, while the first two movies were quite thin on the plot (People being smuggled into France using shipping containers?! Colombian drug cartel killing the heads of anti-drug organizations with a killer virus?! Puhleeze...), the car chases and the fight scenes were just pure eye candy - fast, sweet and slick, though sometimes too unrealistic. I mean, c'mon, flipping an Audi A8 to do a barrel roll to knock off a ticking bomb from the underside of the car?! Because if Frank Martin can do that, then I figure him to be a much better driver than The Stig.

The babes in the first two movies were also pure eye candy, Shu Qi from the first movie, particularly. Kate Nauta from the second movie, with her lean, almost emaciated figure, emo-heavy eyeliners, and short blonde locks did nothing for me, unfortunately. As for the girl in this third installment of the series, she doesn't look special to me but since we don't get to see her much with this being just a trailer and all, I'll be saving my judgment on her until I see the whole movie.

Because even if this third movie's treatment is as shallow as the first two movies were, I'd still watch it just to see what other possible stunts can an Audi A8 do to top the stunts that were done in the second installment. Good thing, too, that they got Robert Knepper, otherwise known as Prison Break's Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell, to play this movie's principal bad guy since he adds some much-needed depth and character to this otherwise hollow movie.

Still, I figured that, considering the kind of driving Frank Martin
does in the movie, I would've figured he'd be using an Audi S8 instead...

And then come 2009, we've got Fast and Furious coming up on the big screen, with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker reprising their roles from the movie that made them famous. Also returning are their respective paramours in the first movie, the sexy-but-butch-enough-she-can-kick-my-ass Michelle Rodriguez and the always-lovely-and-sexy Jordana Brewster.

Helmed by Justin Lin, the same guy who gave The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift its bright and slick JDM/rice racer look that almost redeemed its inane storyline, this could only mean more automotive eye candy with a more homegrown, American-feel, owing to the setting of the movie taking place stateside. Notice how the opening scene in the trailer, which is very reminiscent to the opening scene of the first movie, instead of a bunch of souped-up black Honda Civics we see a black Buick Regal Grand National instead? Notice how in the trailer we saw more American cars than JDM ones? I even think I saw a Ford RS2000 in there!

As for when exactly in the timeline of the The Fast and the Furious this one falls, no one's really sure yet since there are so many mixed details coming in, with some sources - and Vin Diesel himself - saying that this one takes place right after the first movie while some sources say the movie happens in between the second and third installments.

One thing's for sure, though; this definitely takes place before Tokyo Drift since Han, the Japanese anti-hero who takes Tokyo Drift's protagonist under his wing before he gets killed midway into the movie, appears as the same character, showing how he met Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto, which was only hinted at at the end of Tokyo Drift. Further adding to the timeline confusion is Tyrese Gibson who also said in an interview that he did shoot some scenes for Fast and Furious as his 2 Fast 2 Furious character, Roman Pearce.

In any case, I'll definitely be watching out for this because, hey, I got all of them on DVDs anyway...

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