Fast & Furious 6 Movie Review
Five years ago, if you’d have told me there would have been a ‘Fast & Furious 6’ with a 7th one in the works, I would have said that you are nuts. Yet here we are. This franchise is the most atypical success story that Hollywood has ever seen. Aside from famous book series (‘Harry Potter’), rarely do we see a franchise where the movies progressively get better as they go up in number. This movie franchise started off good, then made a so-so sequel, followed by a third film with a tangent storyline that failed, and then waited four years to rejuvenate the series by bringing back the original cast members. It is insane. There is a reason ‘Blade’ stopped at Trinity. No one wonders what Brendan Fraser is up to after ‘Tomb of the Dragon Emperor’, yet Dominic Toretto is still rocking the tank top and silver cross.
Hobbs (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) comes looking for Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker) and the entire crew. Hobbs need their help to take down a military mastermind named Shaw (Luke Evans), who is leading a crew of mercenary drivers. They agree to Hobbs request with one condition, once they get Shaw, the whole crew gets full pardons. Oh and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) might not be dead.
Ever since the ‘Fast & Furious’ (2009) was released I have rejoined the bandwagon. I think it’s amazing what has been done with this series. One of the reasons for the recent success is the transition from strictly street racing movies into heist movies like ‘The Italian Job’ or ‘Ocean’s Eleven.’ The only difference is that F&F still brings some awesome racing special effects.
Right from the start, this film hooked me with an awesomely nostalgic opening credit montage. It reminds you how much you actually enjoyed the earlier films; Plus, it reconnects us with the characters that we have been following for the past twelve years.
Let’s get started with director Justin Lin. I give him sole credit for revitalizing this franchise. He made it cool again by turning these films into awesome action movies. If it wasn’t for him, who knows where Vin Diesel and Paul Walker’s careers would be right now. Unfortunately, he won’t return for the seventh film citing the quick production period. Instead, Universal has signed on James Wan (Saw) to replace him. It is a strange choice, but at this point, these movies sell themselves.
As for the acting, no one is going to win a Oscar for his or her performance. In fact this thing has more cheese than a Doritos Locos Taco. Still, it is surprisingly affectionate.
The main differentiator of this film is the racing special effects. The racing effects are the best I have seen to date. This movie is pulsating with action packed tension that will leave you at the edge of your seat.
I also give the writers kudos for trying to keep it original. My biggest fear going into this film was that it was going to be ‘Fast Five’ but in London. That wasn’t the case. They did a great job to try and keep the story fresh and different from the rest.
It also worth mentioning how good Vin Diesel was. He is going to be 46 years old this year, yet he is still in better shape than most 25 year olds. He proved he still knows how to headline a big blockbuster. Not only that, he using this new resurgence to strong arm Universal into making an R-rated ‘Riddick’ opening this September. Fanboys rejoice everywhere.
I had huge expectations for this thing. Even though it didn’t live all the way up to them, there is still no denying that this was a good fun film. I’m glad for the success of the original cast who have stuck around this project since 2001. The racing scenes in this movie are the new benchmark for car chase scenes. Bring on #7!