Movie Review: Fast & Furious 6
Prinz Lee wrote this review 3 years and 8 months ago
Bigger on every scale you can imagine, “Fast & Furious 6” redefines action in every way, shape, or form – sealing it as one of the last true, high-octane, action series left in Hollywood!
Opening up with hard hip-hop music to clips piecing up the series, while Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) zoom through mountainous terrain, the tone that resonates is one of growth – not in any plausible way because this franchise is everything but plausible, however, it does ignite and revs up that unique feeling of having evolved with the likes of the series, characters, scenarios, and that adrenaline-rush that serves as major reason why we keep supporting such a ridiculously fun franchise.
“Fast & Furious 6” moves along into a timeframe that exposes the aftermath since Dom’s and Brian’s Rio heist toppling a kingpin’s empire. Scattered across the world, the entire crew (now millionaires) are doing their thing by living it up to the max, however, still feeling a bit awkward due to the incomplete feeling of NOT being able to fully live openly. (They ARE criminals!)
Meanwhile, on the other side, Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) has been tracking an organization of death-defying, ruthless, and lethal skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind, Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) is accompanied by a fearless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). Finding himself a bit overwhelmed, Hobbs knows the only way to outmatch this rugged team is to assemble a team as well with just as much will and drive! Knowing Letty’s a key-player; Hobbs (cop) taps Dom (criminal) to put his elite gang together, setting up post in London.
At the risk of it all, reluctantly agreeing, they see a chance to live normal lives again – one entailing a chance for Dom to get close to Letty again – and seek payment based upon full pardons for all!
WOW! That was my initial reaction as I left the theater coping with all that was running through my mind after screening this film!
Raising the stakes beyond our comprehension, this has to be the craziest film to open this spring! It’s indeed fast, so, if you’re seeking something that’s going to work its way up in form of “development,” don’t watch and/or enter with a feeling of hoping it’ll go slow. On-the-other-hand, it’s furious with utmost intensity as aggressive action sequences follow after each other, becoming even more vicious when you think you’ve seen it all.
A major approach that I found quite interesting and entertaining is how the writing crew dug into their “Fast & Furious” library and ran through lots of twists, turns, skids, and near-continuity-crash-experiences for the sole purpose of bringing back a main character. No surprise who that is seeing as we’ve all seen trailers, and “Fast Five’s” post credit scene which exposed it. But done so precisely, it also revealed something that stood out in terms of “Tokyo Drift” – no spoilers, but it also traces a major event which turns up a perfect surprise and addition to the series and informing where the story is going next. In sense, making “Tokyo Drift” the follow-up to “Fast & Furious 6” – a bit puzzling I’m sure, but if you watch the series, then follow up with this one, you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Tangled in a web of life and death scenarios, “Fast & Furious 6” elevates the level of stakes within all characters. With even better chemistry seeing as time’s gone by, this movie challenges their loyalties no matter what side of the fence they’re walking on. A major point made in the film as a whole is fighting for family. Made clear throughout the entire series, it’s even bigger with changes that have gone on since Rio’s heist. Mentioned by those fighting-the-good-fight, we also get to see and hear it when Owen Shaw (Evans) references it throughout the film, making it apparent that no matter where their hearts may be, there’s an unconditional love and respect they all have for familial ties.
Never falling short from its roots, “Fast & Furious 6” doesn’t abandon its formula of side-gags of comedy courtesy of Tyrese mostly, street races, hot extras in skimpy outfits, and that ever-so-famous patriotic mention of where the crew of bad boys stand – in this case “This is London, baby.”
Overall, I can’t say the script is emotionally driven seeing as it falls flat at times, and missed out on Eva Mendes, who many times I wondered about due to “Fast Five’s” extra scene. But one can outweigh the “negatives” by enjoying the positives in terms of this film doing what it was supposed to do! What’s that? Delivering an exhilarating amount of over-the-top action that’ll leave you breathing hard and heavy.
With bigger car chases, fights, gun-play, and that menacing tank we’ve all seen, this isn’t the type of film one will feel they’ve been cheated on. (So glad they stayed away from that 3D bullshit!)
The last four films in the series having been directed by Justin Lin gradually got edgier, louder, and tapped into a global path of speed-way-adrenalin! Leaving the series will be interesting considering how “Fast & Furious 6” ends, so, it’ll be interesting to see where horror-freak James Wan (Saw, Insidious, and The Conjuring) will take this franchise next.