- Starring: Vin Diesel (Pitch Black), Paul Walker (Into The Blue), Dwayne Johnson (GI Joe: Retaliation) and more.
- Directed by: Justin Lin (Fast Five)
- Synopsis: “Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian’s (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin’s empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete.Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again.”
- Rated: Rated PG-13 for language, violence, sensuality and intense action.
- Must-Watch Trailer:
At the same time the Wolfpack returns (The Hangover Part III) to theaters, another crew returns to the big screen in the sixth film of the franchise that never stops being fast and furious. Following the highly successful 2011 chapter Fast Five that practically revitalized the franchise and allowed it to surge forward with continuations, Fast & Furious 6 reunites actors Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson and many others in another high-octane thriller that also includes newcomers such as MMA fighter Gina Carano (Haywire), Luke Evans (Immortals) and more. I was so impressed by Fast Five and hoped that this next installment would continue on the road of success found through the engine of Justin Lin’s direction. Hit the jump to see my thoughts on this action-packed sequel.And the verdict is:
Fast & Furious 6 is a neat bow that tends to wrap up the franchise as we knew it and prepares to usher it into a whole new level. Full of girls, greasemonkeys, gadgets, guns and gears, this latest installment brings on the promised excitement in a way that makes you wonder “Where else can they go with this?” in a good way. Nothing keeps this crew down. From a tank to a plane…I mean, what’s next? Will they take on Superman? (Ironically, the crew will face Man of Steel in theaters in a few short weeks.)
Hopefully you have read the synopsis above or know enough of the plot already (it will not be repeated below). This one picks up very closely to where Fast Five ended (I like when chronological movies do that) and while there is some catching up, the story quickly gets going and soon the crew is reassembled together.
As the franchise has added more players into the mix, the inevitable problem facing the writers and directors is how much time each character gets for their story and development. Lin and his crew impressively spreads the spotlight on all of the characters as they each serve their purpose in favor of the story.
In a movie series like this that has shifted gears from street racing to heists and military operations, it’s an added delight to see that it doesn’t forget its roots and still keeps a part of what made it great to begin with (paralleling Diesel’s character, Dom). Racing and boosting cars has been mainly replaced by “vehicular warfare” and hard-hitting fist fights that definitely entertain to the max.
Dwayne Johnson and Gina Carano proved to be worthy additions to the franchise as did the villain played by Luke Evans. It’s a funny notion when, in a movie that is supposed to be more about cars, you are looking forward to the fist fights and tank chases most!
…and the girl fight is not the only one that is exciting to watch!
With a credible villain (Shaw), a worthy cause (family), pardons on the line and ultimately national security at risk, Fast & Furious 6 takes you on a journey of credible events and excitement…all the way until the final act when it’s time to turn off a portion of your brain and just enjoy the fast action on the screen (which, truthfully, is a little annoying after everything up to that point is acceptable). If you do that though, then you will not be bothered by the lack of military protocol, the unexpected -albeit accepted- twist, the improbable but fun physics and by…what has to be…the LONGEST runway in existence known to mankind that takes almost 20 minutes to run out of road at top speeds! 😉
Nevertheless, Fast & Furious 6 is a nonstop fun thrill of a ride with an enjoyable mix of great and believable characters, action, adventure, drama, comedy and jokes (thanks mostly to Tyrese, Ludacris and Dwayne Johnson) and fast/furious SPEED! It neatly ties up several loose ends, answers many questions and begs to ask more as the story unfolds and a mid-credits scene teases what is yet to come and helps align the entire chronological order for confused fans.
My Score: 4 out of 5 stars for Fast & Furious 6
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Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
–T, The Focused Filmographer
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