‘Fast & Furious 6’ (2013) Review

by on January 3, 2014

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Fast & Furious 6 - review

Fast and Furious 6 came out in U.S. theaters on May 24th, 2013 and has grossed $786M worldwide, to date.  It stars Vin Diesel, the late Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and Luke Evans.

Fast & Furious 6 - Paul Walker

Watching this movie begin, I was worried about the “whale in the room,” that being the late Paul Walker.  I, like all fans, have been greatly saddened by his premature passing.  I was worried about being distracted by his presence, but the story, action, and humor took me away from my concerns, as it should.

Don’t let the opening scenes of Fast and Furious 6 deter you.  Sure, it’s a horribly hokey CGI scene of two CGI cars racing down a twisty mountainside road, with more down shifting than any one car should be able to do.

But once you get past that, the real meat of the story starts to unfold, and if it’s anything I learned, they can crank out some good, old-fashion fun story-telling.

The gang is out enjoying their lives.  Brian (Walker) is a father, Dom (Diesel) is enjoying life with his girl but then Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) comes to Dom to ask for his help in nabbing a criminal ring that operates just like Dom’s, and he needs Dom and his boys to help capture them.

Fast & Furious 6 - Michelle Rodriguez and Luke Evans

But this other gang, is, as they put it, is their evil twin.  Except the bad guys, led by Shaw (Luke Evans), seem to be better and always one step ahead.

Oh, yea… and Letty (Michell Rodriguez) is back.  (What is it with Rodriguez and her characters coming back to life? In a sorts.)

Directed by Justin Lin, in a rare scenario in Hollywood where one director actually stays put in a franchise (more or less), continues with the franchise and does it one up from Fast Five.  He has an actual story that makes the action film a fun action flick with story. And a fair amount

(Unfortunately, due to Universal wanting to rush production on Fast 7, he could not helm that sequel.  What a shame, with all things considered.)

Fast & Furious 6 - Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Paul Walker

This movie is as fun as the others, with lots of fast cars, big men (Diesel, Johnson, and a GIANT of a bad guy, Kim Kold), and fun car (& tank) stunts.

And as always, it’s about family as far as Dom is concerned.  And that family, includes Dom pursuing his once-thought-dead Letty.

Other cast included Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot (soon to be Wonder Woman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel), & Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges.

Fast & Furious 6 - Dwayne Johnson and Gina Carano

All in all, this is an action flick and hence, since I wasn’t expecting much more than decent story to support the fun action.  But dang, if I wasn’t taken by surprise by a decent twist or two at the most surprising of times.  And there are some great spots where they sneak in the humor.  And it works.

I loved the film, loved some of the big action sequences, but it wouldn’t be a Fast and Furious film if the final chase scene wasn’t out of this world.  It’s almost like a trademark of the franchise… Dodge Chargers and crazy, physics defying stunts.  Like in this film,

Fast & Furious 6 - crazy action

TINY SPOILER

Movie Review Popcorn Score 09When the final chase took place in, on and around an airplane trying to take off from a military runway.  A runway that was long enough for the airplane and cars, at speed, to take 13 minutes to wrap up.  But even though they probably ran off the runway 11 minutes ago (technically), the action completely made up for it.

But there’s a wonderful payout as the big men of Hollywood end up mixing it up with other big men as the film comes to a close.

This is a huge popcorn fun movie, and I’m tossing out a 9/10 on my popcorn scale.

A worthy rental or even a DVD/BD purchase.  {Fast & Furious offerings on Amazon }

Footnote:

As a rental on my Comcast video on demand system, I wasn’t sure if I was expecting much, but I would have thought that maybe something “in memory of Paul Walker” might have been a nice thing to see added to the credits at some point.  But I either missed it or it isn’t there.  That was a bit disappointing.

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Footnote #2:

As far as F&F 7 goes, it seems that Universal will be using most of the footage they captured of the late Paul Walker, and they’re working on giving him a wonderful send off.  F&F 7 will be directed by James Wan (Insidious, The Conjouring and Saw franchises) and Jason Statham will be the bad guy they have to deal with.

I’ve come to enjoy Lin’s directorial work on the franchise.  I enjoyed the consistent creative helming by Lin and I hope that somehow, Wan pulls off the next film with the same feel I’ve come to enjoy from the franchise.  But seriously, with Wan’s resume, will the guys be ducking ghosts and saw traps???)

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