December 1, 2013

Paul Walker Tribute

As we all have heard, Paul Walker of Fast and Furious fame recently died in a bad car accident that also resulted in the death of the driver who was friends with Walker. Clearly, it’s a big loss and extremely surprising how out of the blue it was. Well, here I thought that it might be nice to shed more light on this actor’s filmography especially when it comes to the action genre. While his career has sadly been cut short, he contributed some worthy additions to the genre. While I’m not going to sit here and say that he was the greatest actor of our generation, but he still had likability and a down to Earth personality to him and it showed.

Of course, his main claim to fame is his role as Brian O’Conner in the Fast and Furious movies. It’s amazing how a movie that was essentially Point Break with cars ended up being one of the highest grossing and most popular franchises right now and going on to seven movies. Of course, a lot of the success relied on the chemistry between Walker and Diesel. Their friendship along with the teamwork with the rest of the cast members shined through and delivered along with the big action setpieces. Walker also starred in the tight and tense thriller Joy Ride which also sported good chemistry between him and co-star Steve Zahn to deliver a good road chase thriller. Walker would also star in the action adventure Timeline, the Heat knockoff Takers (it isn’t very good, but it ain’t a knock on him), and the tropic actioner Into the Blue.

However, the biggest and best accomplishment in his career is Running Scared. The movie was released in 2006 and it is honestly a hugely underrated movie. It sports a dark Alice in Wonderland storyline that is packed with nudity, gore, strange visuals, and just overall insanity. It is not only is it a great film, but Walker also kills it in the lead role as a father who must chase a kid down from evil criminals. He is given enough to take command and deliver a strong performance and it is a movie that any Walker detractors should watch in order to show the potential he exhibited. I know that he has two other movies out Vehicle 19 and Hours which I haven’t seen yet, but plan to in the future.

Walker was also a big humanitarian participating in charities (recently attending a charity for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan before his death), he went to Chile to provide support to the victims of the massive earthquake in 2010, and also in Haiti in another earthquake that year. He was also known to have a passion for marine biology which led to him appearing in the National Geographic documentary Expedition Great White where he tagged Great White Sharks to study their migration patterns.

It’s always sad to see one of our beloved actors go and despite his career being cut short, he definitely has taken the role of entertaining us for many years. R.I.P. Paul Walker and may your memory live on.

About the Author

My name is Omar and I love action movies. I grew up loving action films thanks in part to my father who would deliver a healthy dose of Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis, and Seagal in my movie diet. Ever since then, I continue to love the genre more and more and go along perfectly with my love for the horror genre. What other movie genre can specialize in giving you pure adrenaline and excitement in every turn?



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