Fast and Furious 6 review

Justin Lin
Vin Diesel
Dwayne Johnson
Paul Walker
Michelle Rodriguez
Tyrese Gibson
Rated: PG-13

With the stuff some of the characters survive in this flick you would think they were super humans.

“Fast and Furious 6” is the latest installment of the now over decade long franchise. In this film, a dangerous, highly trained criminal named Shaw, played by Luke Evans, is after a weapon system worth billions. DSS agent Hobbs (Johnson) is after Shaw and requests the help of Dominic Toretto (Diesel) and his crew, not only because the crew is one of the best but also because Hobbs has information that Toretto’s old girlfriend Letty (Rodriguez) could still be alive.

With that, the crew from the past films are re-united and face down their toughest threat ever. This time the villains bring along tanks and other heavy weapons that the crew has to take down.

“Fast and Furious 6” has a very simple story. It’s similar to what was going on in the fifth movie except instead of a heist film, it’s become a sort of team up to stop the bad guy (Avengers anyone?).

For the most part, it works just fine for what the movie is trying to accomplish. There are things that could be cut, for example a sub plot about Paul Walker’s character Brian going to a prison that just goes nowhere. However, the plot here is used more to just show some cool action and bring this team together. Nothing to deep but serves a purpose.

The characters getting together and reuniting the team was fun as there is a chemistry between most of them. There were of course some in the cast that shined brighter than others, for example Tyrese Gibson’s character just seemed to be the punchline to jokes.

That being said, the characters are what helps the movie be a peg above some other action films out there. The on-screen chemistry turns into camaraderie and makes for a team that is very easy to root for.

The best part of the group is Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson teaming up once again and even basically tag teaming in a fight during the film’s climax. Similar to action stars of the 80s, I wouldn’t put these two at the top in regards to acting ability, but they have a charm and charisma that really works in action films like this one.

The special effects and fight scenes are exciting here. Instead of racing, like in the early installments, this has shifted towards explosive car chases and Director Justin Lin really knows how to make them fun. One scene that features a chase on a bridge is over-the-top, cartoonish, and above all, a total blast to watch.

Lin and the cast knew what to deliver here. Not every joke they try to throw in here is funny, the story isn’t deep and the acting isn’t top notch. However, the film delivers on what it promises. Crazy action that is balanced with a fun cast that can work well with each other. A solid, entertaining blockbuster pic, very high 3 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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