“Fast & Furious 6” is the most action-packed film out of the entire series and proves that the franchise still has enough appeal to continue with more sequels.
“Fast & Furious 6” is unapolegetically loud, insanely fast and immensely dangerous. It leaves “Fast Five” in the dust, edges the original Vin Diesel “The Fast and the Furious” and puts tail lights way out in front of any other “F&F” movie.
Don’t expect incredible acting, complicated plot twists or a world in which impossible stunts remain impossible. “F&F 6” is straight forward, a pedal-to-the-medal thrill ride full of racing and chasing that can best be described as vehicle porn.
“Fast & Furious 6”
Director: Justin Lin
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Luke Evans, Gina Carano
Running time: 130 minutes
Budget: $160 million
Vehicles used, abused and ultimately destroyed include souped-up cars, military monstrosities masked as getaway cars, slick motorcycles, sophisticated SUV’s, a Goliath-like plane and a tank. That’s right, a tank.
Insurance companies would go crazy paying out to all of these accidents. Not even a child breaks toys with such frequency.
Diesel plays Dominic Toretto, the leader of the crew who heisted $100 million in “Fast Five.” Joining him are Brian (Paul Walker) and Toretto’s sister, Mia (Jordana Brewster), who becomes a mother in the film. Dwayne Johnson lends his muscle to the movie once again as Hobbs, the agent tasked with hunting the crew in the previous installment. Now he needs the team’s expertise to capture Shaw, a baddie who has his hands in everything illegal.
Shaw, played by Luke Evans, has a crew of his own and they’re stealing high-tech stuff that’s dangerous and valuable.
The rest of Dom’s crew includes Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges), Han (Sung Kang) and Giselle (Gal Gadot). Surprisingly absent are Tego Calderon and Don Omar. Mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano comes on board as Hobbs’ new No. 2.
Why would Dom and the crew help Hobbs? The possible existence of Letty, played by Michelle Rodriguez, is enough to lure Dom out of retirement. Since the crew is like family, everybody joins up — except for Mia, she’s a new mom. Letty is a “F&F” O.G. who was thought dead in the average “Fast & Furious,” the fourth film in the series.
The hunt for Shaw is out of control, annihilating the streets of London and ultimately getting crazy on a military base in the final act. No doubt you’ve seen the tank in the trailers. Also, Dom bursts through the nose of the burning plane at the end. As ridiculous as all of this sounds, it works because the execution of director Justin Lin is on the mark.
Paying full price will get you your money’s worth. The races are incredible, the stunts top notch and the fights, well, fast and furious. Dom’s crew has grown up quite a bit from the original in 2001. They have graduated from criminal street racers to high-tech bank robbers to legitimate action stars.
The crew looks as if they are still in their prime and the not-so-secret surprise during the credits sets up a future “F&F.” The franchise doesn’t seem like it’s running out of gas.