Flags of Our Fathers

  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Producers: Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Steven Spielberg
  • Writers: James Bradley, Ron Powers, William Broyles Jr, Paul Haggis
  • Genres: Action, Drama, History, War
  • Actors: Ryan Phillippe, Adam Beach, Jesse Bradford, Neal McDonough, Barry Pepper, Robert Patrick, Paul Walker, Jamie Bell, John Benjamin Hickey, John Slattery

The story focuses on seven US Marines of the 28th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division, Sgt. Mike Strank, Pfc. Rene Gagnon, Pfc. Ira Hayes, Cpl. Harlon Block, Pfc. Franklin Sousley, Sgt. Hank Hansen, and Pfc. Ralph Ignatowski, as well as their Navy Corpsman, PhM2. John “Doc” Bradley.

In December 1944, U.S. Marines train at Camp Tarawa, Hawaii. They train by climbing a large mountain and getting in Higgins boats. The Marines then set sail across the Pacific, and it is revealed that they are headed to the small island of Iwo Jima, located less than 700 miles from the Japanese mainland. As Captain Severance puts it, they will be fighting on Japanese soil, and will expect tough resistance. A few days later, the armada arrives off the coast of Iwo Jima and the ships of the US Navy open fire on suspected Japanese positions. On the night before the landings, Mike is put in charge of second platoon.

The next day, February 19, 1945, the Marines hit the beach in landing craft and meet no resistance. Ralph, aka “Iggy”, suspects that the Navy killed all the Japanese defenders, as do most of the Marines. After several tense minutes the Marines advance forward and the Japanese open fire. The battle is extremely intense, and the Marines take heavy casualties. Japanese heavy artillery opens fire upon the Marines on shore, as well as the Navy ships. After several attempts, Second Platoon takes out a Japanese pillbox which was pinning them down. They advance forward, as do many other Marines. The battle begins to calm down and the beachheads are secure. Two days later the Marines attack Mount Suribachi under a rain of Japanese artillery and machine gun fire, as the Navy bombards the mountain. It is here that Doc saves the lives of several Marines under fire which later earns him the Navy Cross. Finally, the mountain is secure. For the next four nights, the Marines take cover in foxholes as Japanese soldiers charge through the mist.

In September the war ends and Doc, Rene and Ira go home. Ira tries to move on but is never able to escape his unwanted fame. One day in 1952 after being released from jail, he hitchhikes over 1,300 miles to Texas to see Harlon Block’s family. He tells Ed Block, Harlon’s father that Harlon was indeed at the base of the flag in the famous photograph. In 1954, the USMC War Memorial is dedicated and the three flag raisers see each one last time. In 1955 Ira dies of exposure after a night of drinking. That same year Doc drove to a town where Iggy’s mom lived and told her how Iggy died, though it is implied that he lied. Rene has little success as the business offers he received on the bond drive are no longer offered to him. He spends the rest of his life as a high school janitor, dying in 1979. Doc is the only successful one. He buys the funeral home he worked at before the war and runs it for the rest of his life. In 1995, as he is on his death bed, he tells his son James how after the flag raising Captain Severance took the men swimming. He then dies peacefully. In a final flashback to 1945, the men swim in the ocean after raising the flags.

Takers

  • Directors: John Luessenhop
  • Producers: William Packer, Tip T I Harris, Jason Geter
  • Writers: Peter Allen, Gabriel Casseus, John Luessenhop, Avery Duff
  • Genres: Action, Crime
  • Actors: Matt Dillon, Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Jay Hernandez, Michael Ealy, Tip T I Harris, with Chris Brown, and Hayden Christensen

A group of bank robbers (Michael Ealy, Chris Brown, Paul Walker, T.I., Idris Elba and Hayden Christensen), who specialize in spectacular robberies, are pulled into one last job by a recently paroled cohort, only to be pitted against a hard-boiled detective (Matt Dillon) who interrupts their $20 million heist. Paul Walker admitted in an interview for Fast & Furious, that he “liked the movie except for the dumb title”.[3][4][5]

2 Fast 2 Furious

  • Directors: John Singleton
  • Producers: Lee Mayes, Neal H Moritz
  • Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Cole Hauser, James Remar, Chris Ludacris Bridges, Devon Aoki, Amaury Nolasco

Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), the disgraced cop from the first film, is on the run because he let Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel) escape. He goes to Miami to start a new life. Here he makes new friends Tej Parker (Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges) an ex-street racer and well-known car tuner Jimmy (Jin) as well as Suki (Devon Aoki) – also a street racer. O’Conner is now known by his street name “Bullet” (a Steve McQueen reference), and competes with fellow street racers in high stakes races to win money utilizing the skills he learned as a member of Toretto’s now disbanded team.

One night after winning a race, he is caught by US Customs agents after his car is disabled by the fictional harpoon-like ESD (Electronic Disruption Device) that is deployed by US Customs Agent Markham (James Remar). He is arrested and his former boss FBI Agent Bilkins makes a deal with him saying that if he accepts to take part in a mission, his criminal record will be wiped clean.

O’Conner and Bilkins then travel to Barstow, California where O’Conner proposes the deal to his childhood friend and ex-con Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson). Together their mission involves working undercover as street racers for a South American (Argentine) drug lord – Carter Verone (Cole Hauser), with help from Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes) an undercover U.S. Customs agent who becomes Carter’s love interest. They win a highly charged “audition” race and strike a deal with Verone, who stated, “Drive the package to the Keys and I’ll personally hand over 100Gs($100,000) at the finish line”. Roman Pearce requests that the prize be $100,000 for both himself and O’Conner.

Later on that night O’Conner and Pearce arrive at Verone’s nightclub so Verone can torture a police detective named Whitworth into keeping the local police away from O’Conner and Pearce so they may transport the money. The next morning they embark on the mission in their Mitsubishis with Verone’s money in the trunks and two of his henchmen riding along. During the transportation of Verone’s money the corrupt Detective Whitworth calls in the army of police units he has waiting nearby. During the chase they lead the police to a warehouse complex. The police surround the front of the garage area so O’Conner’s and Pearce’s street racer friends create a “scramble” diversion allowing O’Conner and Pearce to sneak away in the Camaro and Challenger to continue their mission and Brian allow Tej to drive his Evo VII and allow Suki to drive Roman’s Eclipse Spyder. First to be driven out from the garage were 4 Dodge Rams to ram the police cars, then hundreds of cars, including O’Conner and Pearce. As the drama unfolds, Verone tries to escape aboard his yacht after informing Monica that he knew she was an undercover U.S. Customs agent. While aboard the yacht he scolds her on her slip-up for informing U.S. Customs agents about Verone’s intention to flee the country via a secluded airfield. The finale occurs with O’Conner’s Camaro jumping off of a nearby ramp and landing on the top of the yacht to save Monica. At the end Verone is arrested and the duffel bags carrying his drug money are recovered by the FBI, save for an undisclosed amount secretly stolen by Pearce. As Monica walks away, she looks back to catch O’Conner’s eyes and gives him a meaningful smile. Brian surprisingly shows Pearce that he himself has stolen some of the money and then Pearce does the same, Pearce decides to stay in Miami with Brian and the latter suggests opening a garage with the stolen money.

The Fast and the Furious

  • Directors: Rob Cohen
  • Producers: Neal H Moritz
  • Writers: Ken Li, Gary Scott Thompson, Erik Bergquist, David Ayer
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster

Brian O’Conner (Walker) is an undercover cop infiltrating Hollywood’s street racing scene. Going by the name Brian Earl Spilner, O’Conner manages to work his way up into the good graces of Dominic Toretto (Diesel) the head of arguably the best racing team in Hollywood.

Brian reports his findings to his superiors, but they soon notice he’s getting close with Toretto, growing wary of Brian. After another truck hijacking occurs, the police move in and arrest all the members of Tran’s gang, but find that the players were legally purchased and that they are not the ones doing the hijackings. Brian’s superior tells him about the truckers arming themselves and that it has to be Toretto doing it, giving him a sudden deadline. Brian casually asks Toretto that whatever he is doing, he wants in on it as well. Toretto agrees as long as Brian wins the upcoming Race Wars.

During Race Wars, Toretto’s friend Jesse races his Volkswagen Jetta against Johnny Tran’s Honda S2000 for pink slips and loses. In a state of panic, Jesse drives away from the race. Shortly after beating Jesse in a race, Tran then confronts Dominic Toretto and accuses him of calling the feds on him and having him being disrespected in front of his father and family, which leads to Dominic punching him out and they having a scuffle on the ground (not realizing the person responsible for the SWAT invasion, Brian O’Conner, was right in front of him). During the night, Toretto and the rest of the clan drive out. Brian confesses to Mia that he’s a cop and tells her that the truckers are now armed. He convinces her to come with him to save her brother and his friends.

After the credits end, there is a scene that shows Toretto driving around Baja, Mexico.

Fast Furious

  • Directors: Justin Lin
  • Producers: Neal H Moritz, Vin Diesel
  • Writers: Screenplay, Chris Morgan, Characters, Gary Scott Thompson
  • Genres: Action
  • Actors: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, John Ortiz, Laz Alonso, Gal Gadot

After a successful run of hijacking fuel tankers in the Dominican Republic, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) has become an international criminal. Under increasing pressure from the local police, Dom’s partner Han (from the third film) decides to flee to Tokyo. Dom is afraid of what will happen to Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) if the authorities ever catch him and link her to him, so he leaves her and runs away again to Panama City, Panama. (The prologue ends here.)

Some time later, Letty is found to have been shot dead in her wrecked car. Dom returns to the scene of her murder just outside of L.A.. There, he discovers traces of nitromethane, which allows him to lead a personal investigation up to a certain David Park, who had purchased the nitromethane for the driver who killed Letty. Park is coerced into helping Dom get a spot in a street race, arranged by Ramon Campos, where he will supposedly find Letty’s killer.

Meanwhile, Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), now an FBI agent, is assigned to track down a notorious drug lord named Arturo Braga. Brian’s investigation also leads him to David Park. He arrives at Park’s apartment while Dom is still interrogating him. At the FBI bureau, Park also tells Brian that the aforementioned street race grants the winner a spot on the team that traffics heroin across the United States-Mexico border for Braga. Dom and Brian participate in the race, in which Dom wins by cheating. Having lost the race, Brian uses his position at the FBI to wrongfully arrest Dwight Mueller, another of Braga’s drivers, in order to usurp Mueller’s spot on the team. Ramon Campos, Braga’s right hand man, invites the drivers to a party, where Dom ends up in a confrontation with a driver called Fenix, and Brian looks for signs of Braga.

Brian appeals to the courts, but Dom is sentenced to “25 years to life without the possibility of early parole.” The movie concludes with Dom being transported in a prison bus on a desert highway to the Lompoc Penitentiary, when Brian appears, driving Dom’s repaired Charger, with Mia, Tego, and Rico in two other stealthy black cars, for an interception.