What is so fantastically fun about Fast and Furious 6 is that it manages to cull what we like most about the previous five movies and put it all up onscreen for the sixth. The film that first revved its engine in the Fast and Furious 6 trailer keeps up the spirit of all its predecessors, while simultaneously pushing the envelope and making the latest film a boisterous blast.
Fast and Furious 6 finds our speed racing crew living in all corners of the globe after the successful $100 million Rio heist from Fast Five. When a Russian military cavalcade is hit, Federal Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson -- returning for his second Fast film) realizes this is a job pulled off by a certain someone who is seasoned in the art of vehicular vengeance. So, to paraphrase Ghostbusters… who you gonna call?
He visits Dom (Vin Diesel) first. Our Fast and the Furious anti-hero has absolutely no interest in helping Hobbs… that is until he shows Dom a photo of Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty, who is supposedly working with our villain. Fans of the series know that she should be six feet under. To say Diesel’s intrigued is a gross understatement.
Now, in order to help Hobbs bring down this international evil mastermind, Dom demands he uses his entire crew. So, the two go off to recruit the team. Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang and Gal Gadot respond simply because Dom asks.
When Diesel visits Paul Walker’s Brian, we learn that he and Mia (Jordana Brewster) are married and have a little baby. But, since the Fast and Furious crew is like family, Mia encourages Brian to join the team.
We’re off to London to stop Luke Evans’ Shaw with full pardons for everyone promised if the crew succeeds.
Audiences know going into the first chase scene that it is coming as the London police are set to raid Shaw’s facility. There is no way this outlaw will get caught this easily. There has to be a car chase and as soon as he busts out of his bunker and hits the mean streets of the English capital, our guys sweep into action and give us one of the Top 10 Car Chases of all-time.
That is largely due to an element we won’t spoil… but it is astounding and should without a shred of doubt send Fast and Furious fans into a frantic set of cheers.
After directing the three previous The Fast and the Furious movies, Justin Lin is beyond comfortable with the franchise and his need for speed fuels the action around every corner. Also, since a sense of family is stressed throughout, that feeling beautifully permeates the entire flick. One can see why these people would put themselves in such action heavy situations where death is a real possibility.
A welcome addition to the franchise is Haywire star Gina Carano as Hobbs’ fellow agent. She and Rodriguez share a few scenes together that are at their least explosive and at their most an epic challenge for an actress in Rodriguez -- who got her start in a film ironically called Girlfight. Get it? No spoilers here... maybe hints, but no spoilers!
As Robert Downey said of Iron Man 3, an action film is only as good as its villain. Fast and Furious 6 has a dastardly dude incarnate in Evans’ Shaw. He secretes confidence and the way he scoffs at our Fast crew befits a scoundrel of the magnitude necessary to rally an audience against him while simultaneously pumping them up to cheer for our heroes.
Our Fast and Furious 6 review can resoundingly report that when it comes to summertime cinema fun, the rest of the summer months have had the bar set high with the May trifecta that is Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness and now, the sixth Fast and Furious film.
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