The latest offering in the “Fast & Furious” franchise speeds into stores as a new DVD and Blu-ray release.
“Fast X” Grade C-: The multi-car pile-up that is “Fast X” is either an example of how there are no original ideas left in a franchise that ran out of gas five films ago or just the fact that no one cares anymore because they know moviegoers will buy tickets even if the film is a total wreck. In the case of this clunker, it is a bit of both.
Don’t worry if you haven’t seen “Fast Five.” A major part of “Fast X” features flashback scenes, characters talking about how those who have been fast and furious have escaped the law and an endless string of cameo appearances. If anyone even walked across a scene in one of the nine previous movies, they are back like a celebrity game of Whack-a-Mole.
This franchise has gone from a tale anchored in a reality dealing with street racing to a point where the action sequences are more unbelievable than the Coyote’s efforts to catch the Roadrunner. A certain degree of improbability is acceptable in a massive action film but eventually the laws of physics do trump everything else.
Also new on DVD and Blu-ray as of Aug. 8
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“Sun Moon”: Woman left at the altar on her wedding day goes on a trip to find a way to heal.
Available through digital platforms
“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”: Spider-Man is catapulted across the Multiverse where he encounters a team of Spider-People. It will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on Sept. 5.
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“Sanctified”: Outlaw left for dead by his gang is nursed back to healthy by a Catholic nun.