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Review: Fast & Furious 6

May 23, 2013

fast_and_furious_six_ver3Fast & Furious 6

  • 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.
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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.fast-furious-6-tank-sliceAnd the verdict is:

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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.)fast_2563482b

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. fast-and-furious-6-cast-600x248

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.

One of the funniest scenes of the film!

One of the funniest scenes of the film!

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!

Photo courtesy the keen eye of my friend Tim at TimsFilmReviews.com

Photo courtesy the keen eye of my friend Tim at TimsFilmReviews.com

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.fast6

This is one explosive installment that is not to be missed. Rev your engines and race to a theater near you to check out Fast & Furious 6. On your mark, get set…Why are you still reading this? GOOO!!fast6lastphoto

My Score: out of 5 stars for Fast & Furious 6

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Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

T, The Focused Filmographer

up next: “New Posters of the Week!” and my review of EPIC

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24 Comments leave one →
  1. May 23, 2013 9:56 pm

    I can’t believe I just said this but just before I read your review, I actually asked my hubby if he wanted to go see this, ahah. I’ve never seen any of the F&F movie before and I don’t think I would start but since this one’s been getting some good reviews, I thought what the heck. Plus there’s Luke Evans and the London setting 🙂

    4/5 is VERY encouraging!

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    • May 23, 2013 9:59 pm

      I liked it quite a bit. Like I said…it’s not without its required “brain shut off switch” but it is a great summer blockbuster and one that I encourage enjoying. Although I will be interested in your thoughts specifically having not seen any of the others (which I think you probably should see)! 🙂 Thanks for stopping in. Enjoy the show.

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  2. May 23, 2013 11:12 pm

    Good review Terrence. It’s louder and dumber than any of the other movies, but it’s still fun as hell and probably the best out of the franchise.

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    • May 30, 2013 12:11 pm

      Dan the Man, thanks for the comment. This one was a lot of fun and I look forward to 7. ha

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  3. May 24, 2013 5:02 am

    Good review, fun film with insane, just mind boggling scenes of stupidity 😀

    Haha that picture took so long to screenshot, trailers are getting too damn quick!

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    • May 30, 2013 12:11 pm

      you did such a great job with that screenshot. I had to put it up here. Thanks for that

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      • May 30, 2013 12:18 pm

        I specialize in blink and you’d miss it moments 😀

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      • May 30, 2013 12:19 pm

        and you do it well. that’s why you do what you do! I love your trailer reviews

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  4. May 24, 2013 11:22 am

    I just skimmed the review since I’ll be going to see it next week but all those screen shots and decent reviews are having me extra excited. I’ve been anticipating this forever, even more than Star Trek 2 and Iron Man 3 so CAN’T WAIT! Awesomeness 🙂

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    • May 30, 2013 12:12 pm

      I am curious, if you’ve seen it yet, how you liked it. 🙂 Thanks for stopping in, Kim!

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      • May 30, 2013 12:47 pm

        That I did 🙂 and I LOVED IT! That ending blew my mind 🙂 The action sequences was awesome…Loud and fun! I still think Fast Five was a tad better but still, I’m excited for the next one 🙂 even though who knows how it will go…

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      • June 3, 2013 3:46 pm

        so glad that you did like it. It will be interesting to see how people rate each of the movies once they are all done

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      • June 3, 2013 4:06 pm

        I actually have been thinking of rewatching tokyo drift. I think they seem to be linked from that ending…but that movie really wasnt very impressive so I don’t remember much of it. Except that sung kang was in. 🙂

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  5. May 25, 2013 6:48 am

    So what is the chronological order of the F&F movies?

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    • May 25, 2013 9:46 am

      1. The Fast and the Furious
      2. 2 Fast 2 Furious
      3. Fast and Furious
      4. Fast Five
      5. Fast and Furious 6
      …and then, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift…be sure not to miss the mid-credits scene at the end of the movie!

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      • May 26, 2013 9:15 am

        Thanks! Will do 🙂

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  6. Ted S. permalink
    May 26, 2013 10:42 pm

    Saw it earlier tonight, it’s a lot of fun, I still prefer Fast Five though. Yeah that must’ve been the longest airport runway in the world since they seemed to keep going and going, lol.

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    • May 30, 2013 12:12 pm

      Fast Five was the franchise gamechanger.

      haha. I had to roll my eyes a lil at that runway scene

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  7. June 3, 2013 7:53 am

    The next movie they’ll go up against the Avengers I think….Dwayne Johnson was already doing things the Hulk is also doing 😉

    As for the movie I just loved it…I still felt the adrenaline going afterwards and will probably go watch it again at the cinema. The jokes, the action, the fights…it was all awesome. And that final scene in Tokyo? It made me super thrilled for the next one, it was totally unexpected to see “him” turn up in this franchise, but I like it.

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    • June 3, 2013 8:27 pm

      some really great stuff they pulled off in this one. and the surprise was also well done.

      and I found the infamous runway…as long as it was…to still be a fun scene.

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      • June 9, 2013 12:14 pm

        Ah, there it is…I think I must have driven over it once when I drove to the South of France!

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