Fill The Void
Rama Burshtein's acclaimed Israeli family drama, set within an Orthodox Jewish community
Paul Walker and Vin Diesel team up to defy the laws of physics anew in the fifth instalment of the cars going really fast franchise
It takes a certain chutzpah to roll out a film under the "fast" banner that comes in at a 130 minute runtime. Equally, the lean, mean budgeting of the original (which cost around $38 million, and took $207 worldwide) has long since gone by the board, resulting in some spectacular explosions and a gloriously implausible opening gambit involving a train and a bridge. In the film's favour, you can see where that money's been spent. At least twice the first film's budget appears to have been lavished on the reservoir of baby oil required to burnish Vin Diesel and The Rock's prodigious biceps to a lustrous sheen.
Of course, these are characters who work best when they verge on self-parody. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson deserves a truckload of praise for providing a more credible anti-antagonist to our anti-heroes than the straight up villains (generic Hispanic flavour) can manage. Like the proverbial fat person with a thin person inside desperate to get out, there's a great guilty pleasure somewhere in here, but the excessive runtime is a big black mark against the film. You simply feel that, like a lazy sculptor, somebody just couldn't be bothered to finish their job and trim the excess. What, were they worried they'd harm the intricate plot?
Starts well with dippily exciting action and daft dialogue, but outstays its welcome as it devolves into a daft Ocean's Eleven riff.
Film4-backed films picked up five awards at the British Independent Film Awards last night, the annual ceremony which recognises excellence and achievement in independent filmmaking. [caption id="att
In case you couldn't make it to the industry forum held at Channel 4 on Tuesday 19th November 2013, here are videos of the keynote speeches and panel discussions. For more information, docs and data,
Film4.com looks over the best chases, fights, shootouts and stunts to grace the big screen and pick the 25 greatest ever action movie sequences.
Film4.com's pick of the best films that have made that toughest of transitions: from comic book page to the big screen