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My Rating: 4Stars

This evening I saw the movie Fast & Furious 5 at AMC Cinemas, Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong. One of the movies from my Must See Movies list.

Normally I do not watch action or other movie sequels with more than 3 editions. The only exceptions being: Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Fast & Furious and Harry Potter. In 2014 I will add Beverly Hills Cop to this list of exceptions.

When watching sequels with more than three editions my expectations are usually way down, since it is difficult to keep the original plot, capture the audiences or offer surprise twists. Given the people behind this fifth edition of the Fast & Furious franchise didn't bother to come up with an original title for the movie, I was going in with just the goals of enjoying the stunts and amazing driving.

Almost the entire original Fast & Furious cast are present in this movie even Michelle Rodriguez's character "Letty", and they bring back some of the main characters from previous editions of Fast & Furious. To add fresh faces they brought in Dwayne Johnson (aka "The Rock") and Elsa Pataky who serve as great antagonists to Diesel and Walker's characters.

The movie starts off very exciting as this franchise normally does, as it sets the pace for the rest of the movie and never let up. The stunts are amazing but at times not so believable. They are able to retain the humor and excitement of original Fast Furious and threw in elements of Ocean's Eleven to make it a very enjoyable movie.

After watching this movie you come out of the theatre satisfied and wanting more, which brings me to Michelle Rodriguez's character "Letty". The play writes imply that there will be be a 6 edition of this franchise.

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My Rating: 3Stars

This afternoon I saw the movie Source Code at AMC Cinemas, Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong. One of the movies from my Must See Movies list.

It stars Jake Gyllenhaal (as Captain Colter Stevens) and Michelle Monaghan (as Christina). Without giving away the plot, it is about a military pilot (Captain Stevens) who wakes up inside someone else's body and had to figure out what happened.

The movie decides not to spend the time to explain the backgrounds or develop the characters, but instead chose to jump right into the story, like the main character's predicament. This is brave of the play writes to do so, you will understand why after you watch the movie. This decision cause the movie to be a bit disorienting for the audiences.

This method would otherwise work well with a different cast of actors, but this cast left us non-engaged and at moments bored. During the first several cycles (do not want to get into this, in fear of revealing too much of the plot) Captain Stevens tried to both figure out the status of his own life and to follow orders to investigate the events that transpired.

Through out the movie the characters insist that they are not achieving time travel but in the end the audiences realize the characters have actually achieved travels among parallel realities.

This movie reminds me of Groundhog Day by Bill Murray, but it is not a comedy so it is not as entertaining.

I gave this movie 3 penguins and will only recommend it if there are no other choices at the cinemas.

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My Rating: 4Stars

This afternoon I saw the movie The Tourist at UA Cinemas, Times Square, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. One of the movies from my Must See Movies list.

It stars two of Hollywood's biggest leading man and woman, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. I don't believe the two have ever done a movie together on the big screen.

It is an intriguing story about a women (Elise Clifton-Ward, played by Jolie) who purposely meets a tourist (Frank Tupelo, played by Depp) on a train on route to Venice, hoping to create a decoy for the police who is trying to locate her boyfriend. Going any deeper into the plot will ruin it for the readers who have yet to see the movie.

Jolie was playing her usual character, the beautiful woman who is able to handle herself. But this time she also projects the elegance reminisce of Elizabeth Taylor, there was a scene she even looks like her. May be she is practicing for her up coming roll as Cleopatra for the movie of the same name coming 2013.

This movie is a present change for Depp who is most famous as Captain, Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of Caribbean series and Edward in Edward Scissorhands. It is not since Secret Window that Depp played a humble character on the big screen.

This movie had its own set of controversies before it was completed. Depp's long time (12 years) partner, Vanessa Paradis remembering Jolie's history of stealing her leading man from other Hollywood starlets, insisted that Depp give up his roll in the movie after she found out he would have a love scene with Jolie. Fortunately, for us Depp did not, because the suggested replacements: Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, would not have pulled off the character as well as Depp did.

Aside from the twisting storyline and beautiful actors there's also the incredible sceneries of Venice to enjoy, but I would not put it among my Top Movies for 2011, so I gave this my 4 penguins rating.

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My Rating: 4Stars

This afternoon I saw the movie Knight and Day at AMC Cinemas, Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong. One of the movies from my Must See Movies list.

The leads in this movie are Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz who had one of their best performances of both careers.

Cruise had matured as an actor and this time he did not play an amateur spy role as he did in the Mission Impossible franchises. Although Diaz still plays her cute girl next door character as she did in the Charlie Angels franchises, this time she has a much more mature role. This may be due to both actors being older than when both stared in the respective franchises.

The stunts were impressive, fresh and believable. The plot is not that original and is like most spy movies, with reasonable amount of twists and suspense to keep the audience engaged. Additional entertainment factor was the results of the chemistry that Cruise and Diaz portrayed which also served to give the movie the comedy aspect that made this movie fun.

If you are looking for a light romance suspenseful comedy, then this is the movie for you.

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My Rating: 4Stars

This evening I saw the movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time at UA Cinema, Times Square, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. One of the movies from my Must See Movies list.

The video game Prince of Persia was created by Jordan Mechner for Brøderbund in 1989, and ever since it has been refined and republished by different game companies over the years, with Ubisoft being the last to do so. Now in 2010 a movie had been released staring Jake Gyllenhaal of Brokeback Mountain fame. Aside from Ben Kingsley the rest of the casts are mostly unknowns.

Being an action movie, it contains many fighting sequences between with the hero, Dastan (Prince of Persia played by Gyllenhaal) and his enemies, executing parkour and mix martial arts (MMA) techniques to overcome his enemies, this use of parkour gives the movie an acrobatic dance and light hearted feel.

Adding to the light hearted feel are humorous scenes between the hero and heroine, Tamina (played by Gemma Arterton). Underneath all these is a sound and fairly believable plot with the usual twists and turns to keep the audience guessing, but simple enough to allow the audience to enjoy the action and sceneries of the movie.

Although it has been a while (2005) since Gyllenhaal has a hit he did a good job here. If you're looking for an entertaining evening out, this movie should be top on your list.

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