Fast & Furious 6

 

Vin Diesel returns along with his merry band of car thieves in the sixth instalment of the Fast and the Furious series. There are cars, races and action galore as usual in a Justin Lin movie. With a fine ensemble cast of actors such as Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker and Michelle Rodriguez the film has its fair share of star power. The gang reunite for their highest stakes adventure yet and go up against an ex-military rouge, playing the good guys for once.

 

STARRING:
Vin Diesel
Paul Walker
Dwayne Johnson
Michelle Rodriguez
Jordana Brewster
Luke Evans

 

DIRECTOR:
Justin Lin

 

DATE OF RELEASE:
24th May, 2013

 

RUNNING TIME:
130 minutes

 

The Fast and Furious franchise is one that has defied explanation by simply getting better with each instalment or at least not regressing. In a world filled with substandard and depressing sequels this is no mean achievement. This one starts off from where the previous one finished in Rio. After putting away the cartel for good, Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) now live and race in the Canary Islands along with their better halves, Elena (Elsa Pataky) and Mia (Jordana Brewster).Their life is one of tranquillity and peace. Brian has a child and seems happy whereas Dom seems to like the idyll his life resembles.

 

This doesn’t last for long though as the fed from the previous movie, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) finds them and asks for their help in apprehending a formidable foe. The carrot? A chance to know what happened to Letty Ortiz who has been conveniently  ‘resurrected’ by writer, Chris Morgan after having been presumed dead in the fifth film. This new foe is a British ex SAS turned mercenary Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) who apparently has eyes and ears everywhere. Dom assembles his crew and the gang reunites for one more film with Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) , Han (Sung Kang) and Gisele (Gal Gadot) all coming together.

 

They are however faced with Shaw’s crew, which is remarkably similar to their own and for once they aren’t the bad guys. Shaw plans to build a device that is capable of wiping out the power in a region and sell it to the highest bidder. And this is so important that Hobbs offers Dom and his team a full pardon if they can stop it from happening. There is the usual insult to logic that such films have made de rigueur but as long as it’s faster and furiouser and earns a lot of money, who cares?

 

The team starts from London and from there oscillates to Spain and the States offering a good mix of locales. There are the usual car chases and supercars on show. There’s tanks and aircraft in the mix, making for an engrossing watch. The director, Justin Lin’s strength seems to lie in orchestrating grand action sequences on a level that dwarf anything seen in the previous films. Indeed, set pieces are the strongest point of Fast and Furious 6 with long, continuous and complex shots forming much of the sequences.

 

There is also a marked shift to moving cars from the centre of the action. This doesn’t follow the rest of the series where cars are everything. More of an international heist movie, this features some good fight sequences in some oddly apt surroundings such as London’s Waterloo Station. From catfights to gunfights, there is something for everyone.

 

The actors put in as emotionally blank a performance as you shall ever see. When an actor makes Vin Diesel look emotional in comparison, you know he has to be something special. Dwayne Johnson manages this with surprising ease, reciting his lines while strutting his tough guy persona that people will be more interested in. Luke Evans does a fair enough job as the villainous Shaw but given more time and space for development, he could really have come up with a memorable act.

 

In conclusion, this film does exactly what it set out to do. Take an existing franchise and make a bigger, better and infinitely more outrageous film. Twist logic to show muscular, tough guys act like they own gravity and insult the viewer’s intelligence. Sadly, this mindless entertainment is but standard fare now. It is a real pity how potential has been wasted. There is a sequence in which a tank is being chased by Dom’s team through a Spanish highway. Sounds cool? You should watch the climax of this scene, then. More like a cartoon rather than an actual movie.

 

Fast and Furious 6 is a visceral entertainer if you like your cinema to compromise common sense for thrills. There’s guns, girls,  super cars, tanks, aircraft amongst a host of other stuff and you’ll probably find something you like. I didn’t find much, though.

 

 

 

 

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