5 Obstructions Blogathon 1: Fast & Furious 6

The good thing about being a movie blogger is the ability to view movies from various perspectives. Observing the various reasons people either like or detest a movie and being able to give a more informed opinion about the entertainment we consume beyond our ‘feelings’ while watching it.

Another advantage is that it exposes one to more than all the glitz on the screen and opens the floor to interactions with some awesome movie enthusiasts from different corners of the world.

It was during some of these interactions that I came across a movie blog challenge series that piqued my interest. It’s called the 5 Obstructions Blogathon…… where movie bloggers take part in a set of challenges to see how well diversified their writing can be and improve their writing skills.

Improvement is important in everything one does so I was intrigued to know what the challenges were and partake in them.

Anyways, the first challenge is to, ‘write a negative review for a movie I absolutely loved or a positive review for a movie I did not like’. I knew writing a positive review for a movie I did not like would be easy for me so I decided on the former. This didn’t seem so hard at first, but going through the motions I realized it meant two things:

‘I either had to be as objective as possible when writing the new review or I had to just bash the film as much as I could!’

Next, the decision of what film to tackle came to mind… I decided to go through the reviews we had put up so far and pick what I consider to be my most enjoyed film so far this year in the cinema.

That happens to be Fast and Furious 6, which I absolutely loved.  You can read my first review here and weigh it against the one I’m about to give you below…….

Obstruction 1: Fast & Furious 6

As a movie enthusiast, I have always detested movies that run over and over. This may be due to experiences I’ve been exposed to in the Nigerian system where our movie makers got into the habit of prolonging movies into multiple parts to generate more revenue without putting any thought into improving content.

My belief is this, ‘a movie that runs multiple parts must either be an adaptation of a story (book) in multiple parts already; if not, I just attribute the continuation of the series to greed over revenue generation capacity, laziness and a lack of creativity on the part of the makers’. So when I heard there was a Fast & Furious 6, it just felt like over kill to me. C’mon why go on and on with a movie that you get to the sixth instalment? It’s not a TV Show y’all.

The fact that it’s an enjoyable action film does not help matters at all for me because Fast & Furious 6 is the typical example of a movie maker picking a formula that works, editing it here and there and playing to the likes of the audience to keep them coming back for more!! This just takes me back to the observed dearth of creativity in Hollywood spoken about in this article here.

If you want a popcorn flick, Furious 6 is the best for you so far this year. But it’s about time movie makers moved beyond just tossing out popcorn flick after popcorn flick! We like to be challenged at times.

Not only do you not require much mental competence to totally enjoy the film, but the film was filled with so much unbelievable action that you wonder who they were trying to sell the whole fake shit exactly to. I know I didn’t buy much of it.

Anyway, the system seems to be giving them good fortune and the audience seems to be too lazy to care for more soul in the movies they watch, so I guess they are playing on their rights to dish out even another part after this.

If you’re looking for explosions and stunts on the backdrop of an ‘OK’ story, go ahead and watch Furious 6, its great in that respect. If you want something a little deeper, with quality acting and a well refined story, then move along or you will be thoroughly disappointed.

Rating: 4/10



  1. Nostra

    28th June 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Great review, which I have added to the overview post. You have passed the first obstruction. This was a movie I really loved, so nice to see what you did with it and you make some valid points.

    • MoviePencil

      28th June 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Thanks. Had to take a step back and delve into the movie without all my emotions.

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