Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
Dom (Vin Diesel) and his crew are enjoying the good life after pulling of a $100 million heist. Most have gone their separate ways but as always they are ready to be there for one another any time, any where. So when their old “friend” Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) shows up at Dom’s door step looking for his help and with news of Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) – Dom’s love who they all thought was dead – the crew pulls together once again. This time they are working for the good guys to stop mastermind Shaw (Luke Evans) who is pulling off heists that aren’t for cash but something much more dangerous. Hobbs knows the only way to outmatch Shaw and his crew is to get down on their level and that is where Dom and crew come in. But the fast and furious crew have their own reasons for wanting to help stop Shaw and that includes Letty plus full pardons so they can return home and make their family whole. Also starring Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Ludacris, Elsa Pataky, Gina Carano, Clara Paget, Kim Kold, Johannes Taslim.
Fast & Furious 6 is every action junkie’s dream come true and succeeds in continuing a long running series where others have failed. Before I dive into my full review I have to disclose the fact that I am addicted to the Fast & Furious films. Something about the fast cars and non-stop action *sigh*…so keep that in mind while reading my totally biased review on this thoroughly enjoyable, heart pounding, adrenaline rushing film. The great thing about this movie and the entire franchise is that the film makers know exactly what their audience likes and they deliver it on a silver platter. This film takes a slightly different approach than the rest with a more personal touch and the addition of more hand to hand combat. You do still get enough car chases and races to balance out the hand to hand combat. I wish there had been a bit more emphasis on the cars but the series seems to be growing up a bit and that is probably not a bad thing. I honestly enjoyed every minute of Fast & Furious 6. That being said the film isn’t without its pitfalls, however they just don’t outweigh the thrilling action. With each new film we seem to lose a bit of that raw feel that made the first film so wonderful. They try to recapture that here at times but they really don’t succeed. So instead we are left with a full hollywood, choreographed film with no real edge. I know I praised the action in this one and that hasn’t changed but if you look too closely you will see how absurd some of the action scenes really are. So my advice just don’t look closely. I think what would have made this one a 10 for me would have been a slightly more intimidating bad guy, although next to “The Rock” that could be hard. Also a truly impressive story couldn’t hurt. There is a story it just doesn’t go quite deep enough to make this film a great one on all levels. Audiences really just need to take Fast & Furious 6 for what it is; an over the top, sexy car, action packed film where you should just check your brain at the door, sit back and enjoy.
9/10 Stars – Action junkies be warned you risk fueling your addiction by watching this one!
I’d like to start off by saying that in my opinion, the 1st and 5th movies in this franchise are the best so far, and those 2 films are the benchmark in which I compare this film. What I loved about the first movie was the how the action and story intertwined nicely. It never seemed to be just about one or the other. The same goes for Fast Five, except on a much large scale. That movie upped the ante with flashy action sequences and a story that was intriguing and fun. So now with Fast & Furious 6, which takes place after Fast Five, the film makers try to go even higher… and they succeed… sorta. The action is top-notch and has several scenes that will amaze and get the adrenaline flowing. Even the smaller fights and scuffles are done well. The added comic relief is nice – and funny – but sometimes feels a little too forced and juvenile as is some of the acting. Sadly, the story is where Fast & Furious 6 suffers. It’s not because the story is dumb or too simple, but because it isn’t complex or original. It’s the same formula – bad guy wants high tech equipment and his thugs use hero’s families as leverage. If the story was more complex, I’d say this is the best of the series, but I still say that the 1st is the best followed by the 5th, 6th, 4th, 2nd and lastly the one in Tokyo.
8/10 Stars – Mind-blowing action, but the story is flat and some of the parts feel forced.
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